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E-learning Instructional Design: Getting the Right Message Across to Your Learners

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No matterhow well you design your eLearning course, it would be ineffective if your content is not communicated properly to your learners. As eLearning is considered self-directed learning, it is essential that the content or the instructions you design are effectively communicated so as to deliver the right message to your learner. In contrast, if your eLearning course is designed improperly, it may result in high dropout rates and ultimately you may lose your learners.

If you aim to create an effective eLearning course, then here are a few things you need to adhere.

  1. Do not make your learners think to naviagte: Your learners would want to take the course for learning and apply its efficacy in their real life. Do not make them think over the interface you use. In other words, use a clear and intuitive interface so that your learners can be guided easily and effectively throughout the course. Do not make your learners search for navigation buttons and instruction icons; instead, place the buttons in the right direction and ensure that they are visible easily. These approaches help your learners navigate through the course effectively. They reduce cognitive overload and achieve the desired outcome.
  2. Practice simplicity against complexity: The ‘Keep it simple’ approach applies very well to an effective eLearning course. Make sure that the content is presented effectively. Learners would comprehend and remember the content easily, if it is relevant to their learning needs. Avoid using content that adds nothing to their learning requirements. You also need to avoid images that do not convey the right message to the learners.
  3. Grab learners’ attention: Make efforts to grab your learners’ attention in every phase of your eLearning course. Avoid using something that would win over their attention. For example, ineffective color contrast, inappropriate placement of text and images and irrelevant animations and graphics would distract your learners. Hence you need to make sure that your text and images are properly aligned. Try to present important information in the beginning of the screen with appropriate subheading. In addition, chunk the content effectively using appropriate bullet points.
  4. Provide real-life situations to deliver the right message: As we humans are drawn to emotions and real-life situations, it is advisable to use scenarios in your eLearning course. This would enable learners to draw upon real-life situations and enhance their performance.

These are the few things, if followed effectively could help you create the right eLearning course. Do share if you have anything to add.

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