One of the biggest challenges we face as designers is keeping our learners motivated right from the beginning of an eLearning course. Most of our learners being adults, who are self-motivated and self-directed, it is our responsibility to engage them throughout the eLearning course.
In this blog, I will share 4 strategies to enhance the learning experience, which can be incorporated in eLearning courses.
1. Hold learner’s attention
The first element of John Keller’s ARCS (Attention, Relevance, Confidence, and Satisfaction) model – ATTENTION helps in sustaining motivation in the learning process. You can gain learner’s attention by giving specific examples, adding humor, and providing hands-on experience. The most important aspect that grabs learners’ attention is an awareness of what they are going to learn, what’s in it for them, and how they will benefit from the course.
2. Add relevant content
The second element of the ARCS model is RELEVANT. A well-chunked content is better understood by the learner. Instead of cramming more material into a learning session, it is wise to chunk the content, bring a proper flow and rewrite the content in a simple language to shape it for learning needs. The best way to teach is to guide from the known to the unknown, that is, you need to build on their existing skills.
3. Instill and assure confidence
The third element is CONFIDENCE. To help learners build confidence, provide key learning objectives that are measurable and achievable. These objectives estimate the probability of the success. After the completion of the course let the learners take an assessment. This will show how effectively a learner has gained from the course. It will measure the knowledge acquired.
4. Reinforce learning
The last element is SATISFACTION. Learning must be satisfying which means learners must feel a sense of achievement. Appreciate good performers and identify areas where they can excel even more. Provide feedback for every answer which will reinforce learning. Do not use terms like “fail”, “did not clear” for learners who could not perform well. Point out to them all areas in which they went wrong and how not to repeat those mistakes. Provide inspiring feedback on how to do well the next time.
These are some of the eLearning design strategies that enhance the learning experience. If you have any other strategies, do share.