Instructional designers should consider so many factors when they are designing an e-learning course. Right from the creation of content till the development of the e-learning course, they should ensure that the course is absolutely error-free. Are you interested to know the most common mistakes that e-learning professionals do while designing courses?
Use proper interactive elements to engage and motivate learners and create an experience that should not frustrate and distract them throughout the course because no one wants dull and tiresome courses. Here, I will share some of the common mistakes that should be avoided to develop an error-free course.
NOT understanding the proposed target audiences
Have a clear idea of the training needs and the proposed target audience that works as a strong foundation to build an effective course. Have a keen sense of how old they are. What is their designation and level of experience? What is their cultural background?
If you’re not taking the time to know about your target audience, it will lead to ineffective and stereotypical courses. Knowing the answers to these questions even at the initial stages will help you focus on the right content to develop engaging courses.
Designing text-heavy slides that result in cognitive overload
Cognitive overload comes into picture when a learner’s mind is overloaded with an abundant amount of information. Don’t present huge quantities of information in the course because it leads to confusion. Break the content into small and digestible bulleted points without losing its intended meaning. This kind of presentation reduces the cognitive load.
Incorporating plenty of images that divert the learner
A picture is worth a thousand words when you use relevant and high-quality images. Appropriate images complement the onscreen text and reduce the cognitive load. Incorporating too many images or graphics can distract the learner. Use images for educating the learners rather than decorating the course. So limit the number of visual elements in the course and make sure that the images are relevant to the concept.
Leaving out highly interactive elements that engage the learner
Audio, video, avatars, real-life scenarios, case-studies, and background music can make the e-learning experience more engaging and effective. These elements help the learner retain information for a longer period of time and involve them actively in the course.
As the quote says “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I will remember; involve me and I will understand.” Learning will be very engaging, when you involve the learners actively throughout the course.
Keep these tips in mind when you design and develop your next e-learning course, as they help you to design a successful e-learning course. Please do share your thoughts!