Welcome to today’s blog post. There are several strategies and principles defined to help the development of successful learning programs. Shortening these, we prepare checklists or even mini checklists to avoid any obvious hazards during development.
Today, I will share four words that we need to always keep in mind while developing our online courses. These words will make our development journey smoother and also construct an accurate path to the learner to reach his learning goal.
- Experiences: Not every learning event turns out to be an experience to the learner. Experiential learning is something that is achieved only by thorough understanding of how people learn. If all our learning content is only informational with no deep engagement of learner, it will not contribute to a learning experience and will only be a learning occasion. So your objective is to create a learning experience through your elearning course that will make it more memorable to the learner.
- Conversations: You might wonder how we can bring conversations into an asynchronous eLearning course. What I meant by conversations is that people remember information more precisely when they take part in a conversation related to it or witness one. Yes, scenarios are what I am referring to. Adding scenarios or any type of conversations to present your content will help understand and retain the subject-matter better.
- Reflections: We underestimate the power of reflection in learning. Reflection is a very powerful tool which we need to integrate in our learning programs to facilitate comprehensive learning. For example, ask questions that generate an intrigue in the learner on how your content is related to his daily work. Another example is using reflection as a checkpoint at the end of the course to make the learner think about what he has learnt, how he performed in the quiz, what went well and what went wrong. We need to develop the e-learning courses providing sufficient time for reflection, preferably guided reflection.
- Practices: The greatest help you can do to the learner to achieve his learning goal is offering an opportunity to practice what he has learnt. But, this practice has to be placed in the right context and it is important to remember that leaving the learner to himself during the practice may not be helpful. We need to assist the learner by correcting him and guiding him through the best way to practice and learn. Guided practice is always a better path to successful learning.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2015 and has appeared in Learning Technology category whereas now it is updated in Learning Design category.