EBM is the use of the evidences and analysis that could help in individual patient care. It is envisioned to complement the clinicians’ training and knowledge and to understand the unique conditions of individual patients.
One of our clients from the health care sector came up with the requirement of training his clinicians and physicians on EBM through eLearning. As the content is relatively connected to medications and treatments, we can imagine a picture of complex medical terminologies and intense and procedural data.
As an Instructional Designer I, want to share my experience on how we have designed such content into an interactive eLearning course in the following steps.
1. Using avatars or characters to guide learners throughout the course
We felt the importance of using characters that could guide the learners and keep them involved throughout the course. For this, we included an image of the physician in the first slide with the audio narrating the data. It appeared as if the physician was conversing with the learners and this initiative was greatly welcomed by the learners.
2. Formulate learning objectives to help learners for effective understanding
It is worth noting that the learning objectives are the building blocks of any course. They represent what the learner would be able to learn after completing the course. After careful reading and analysis of the content given by the client, we outlined the learning objectives that make the learners to know what he is going to achieve after completing the course.
3. Including appealing interactivities and animations
We tried to embed different interactivities such as slideshow, click on numbers, click on tabs, etc., to develop an engaging and interactive eLearning course. As the content provided by the client contained intense and procedural data, it was necessary to chunk the data in a proper way and present it various interactivities so that the learners would easily get involved in the course. Not to forget, we included various assessment activities in order to check the learners’ understanding of the course.
4. Including application questions at the end of the course
After completion of the module, we framed a few of the application questions that facilitated them to apply their learning in the workplace.
These are some instructional design strategies we have used in making the course engaging for the learners. Have anything to say? Please do share.