E-learning is gaining prominence as the preferred medium of instruction in most business organizations because of its flexibility and myriad benefits. It can be leveraged to convey a wide variety of subjects ranging from product trainings, new employee orientation, performance management, to physics, anatomy, architecture…… Name it and it can be done through eLearning.
In this blog, I will highlight the advantages of using eLearning to teach medical courses.
E-learning can be used to effectively convey the various anatomical elements such as the parts of an organ, certain biological/physiological processes, functions of parts, etc. Let us see how each of these can be achieved.
1. Parts of an organ
The parts of an organ can be explained in two ways: through hotspots or zoom animations.
- Using Hotspots
Hotspots are an effective method to label parts. They occupy less space, hence can be placed at the exact location and avoid ambiguities. They are an easy way to engage learners.
- Using Zoom Animations
Another alternative to present the parts of images is to zoom out the pertinent parts in sync with audio or on a click. It has the advantage of presenting the constituent parts in the perspective of the whole organ.
In eLearning, processes can be explained through animations and this is where the true power of eLearning can be harnessed. Simple to highly complex, detailed animations can be used depending on the subject requirements and cost constraints.
These animations make it very easy to convey complex topics. They are easy to understand and engage learners. Syncing them with audio makes them even more effective.
3. Functions of parts/organs
The functions of various parts, glands, organs, etc. can be explained through various interactive elements which increase learner engagement and make the course visually rich and appealing. These elements can include the following:
Hotspots can be used effectively to convey simple 2-3 three descriptions of the parts.
- Click on Images/Tabs/Numbers
This interactive element can be used to explain the functioning of a group of related parts having more than 2-3 lines of explanation. It is an effective way of showing accurate, enlarged pictures of the parts being explained.
This interactivity is best suited to explain sequential functions/ processes with appropriate visuals.
I hope these tips have given you an idea of how to use the various functionalities offered by eLearning to develop highly engaging, visually appealing eLearning courses which cater to the needs of the learners and facilitate effective knowledge transfer and efficient knowledge retention.
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