They’ve done it again! The Australians have won the Cricket World Cup for a record fifth time. The Australians excelled in every department of the game and truly deserved the coveted trophy.
As an eLearning professional, I believe that designers of online courses can learn a lot from the kangaroos’ marvelous performance. Let us now see 5 important lessons that instructional designers can learn from the winners of the World Cup.
1. Understand the people
The Australians knew who their opponents are. They had a thorough understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. This went a long way in winning the World Cup.
Likewise, instructional designers need to understand who their learners are to create an excellent online course. Good comprehension of the learners’ profile and needs is vital to the making of a good eLearning course as the online course can be tailored to meet their needs. For example, if the learners are new to eLearning, you need to make sure that you explain the navigation and other aspects of the course very clearly to enable them to access the course seamlessly.
2. Formulate a winning strategy
An effective strategy is the crux of success. The Australians have formulated an excellent strategy to restrain the New Zealanders. This helped the former score a convincing victory over the Kiwis.
Similarly, eLearning designers need to develop a good strategy to impart first-rate training and engage the learner. For this, they need to comprehend the content effectively. Proper content comprehension allows them to select the right instructional techniques to ensure excellent learning and hook the learners to the course. For instance, you can use an instructional strategy based on scenarios and case-studies to design courses on regulatory norms which are considered to be “dry” and boring. This will help the learner relate himself to the subject-matter of the course and comprehend the content very effectively.
3. Maintain a proper balance
The Australian team was very balanced in terms of its composition. It had the right mix of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders. This played a key role in the success of the team.
An efficient instructional designer too ensures that his online course contains the right mix of various media elements such as text, visuals, animations and audio to deliver first-rate training. For instance, when you explain a concept on the screen using an animation and text, audio can be avoided as it increases the cognitive load on the learner. However, to explain the steps of a process, it is advisable to use audio along with the on-screen content. You need to make sure that the text on the screen is not narrated as it is, but the audio element is used to explain it in detail.
4. Have clear objectives
The objective of the Australian team was very clear – win the World Cup. This ensured that the kangaroos focused all their energies towards achieving the objective.
In the same way, an instructional designer should have a clear idea of what the organization wants its learners to do after completing the course. Well-defined learning objectives guide the instructional designers efficiently and help keep the learners on the “right track”.
5. Motivate effectively
Motivation is the key to success. Michael Clarke, the skipper of the Australian cricket team, motivated his teammates very effectively. He congratulated his players when they performed well and when they did not, he encouraged them to perform better.
The online learner also needs to be motivated in a similar fashion, throughout the course. For instance, when he answers an assessment question correctly, you need to tell him that he is right and congratulate him. Words such as Bravo! Well done. That’s the perfect answer! and so on can be used. On the other hand, when the learner gets an answer wrong , you need to use words such as Try again!, Well tried! But, that’s not quite right to encourage the learner. You can also reward the learner and provide him with a certificate on successful completion of the course.
Thus, we see that eLearning course designers can learn a lot from the emphatic victory of the Australian cricket team. Would you like to add to this list? Please do so.