If you are aiming at creating an effective and engaging course, you need to focus on one main aspect: Relevance. Prior to developing the online course, you need to ask yourself whether the course is relevant to your learners. Does the course offer what learners are looking for? Right from designing the GUI to presenting the content, every element you include should address the issue of relevancy.
Relevancy is also important in a way that it decreases the cognitive load on learners because if the data is relevant, it is easy to relate to a learner’s life.
We have always focused on the relevancy and today with my blog post, I would like to share few relevancy ideas that goes a long way in creative an effective eLearning course.
Relevancy idea #1
Focus on clear course objectives: Being aware of the importance of relevancy, how relevant the course is to your learners should be obvious within a few minutes of your course. Your learners find the course relevant if something useful is taught to them or if the content can address their concerns. So set up clear course objectives even in the beginning and tell them how they would benefit after taking the course. Your learners would always want to know ‘What’s in store for them’ or whether it is worth taking the course. Setting up clear course objectives would help address this concern and give them reason to continue.
Relevancy idea #2
Incorporate a relevant and effective design: As stated earlier, every element of the course should focus on relevancy. It is important that even the design should be relevant and should enhance the learning experience. E-Learning courses that have a professional and attractive look are more relevant to learners. They set up an attractive atmosphere for learning. Remember, the templates that you choose for your course should also match the content. For example, an e-learning course explaining about drugs can have a template containing tablets in the banner. Take a look at the screenshot below.
Relevancy idea #3
Make your course content actionable: Learners devote their time for learning because they’re surely looking forward to learn something important; something that they can put into practice and something that can enhance their knowledge. To accomplish this, first ask them questions based on their existing knowledge of the content and give them the assurance that they will be able to fulfill their learning requirements at the end of the course. Create scenarios and ask them how they would deal if they come across such situations in their workplace. This approach would naturally attract learners to the course. Take a look at the screenshot below.
Relevancy idea #4
Include a scenario: Learners learn better if they are provided with examples or scenarios that match their real-life situations. So scenario-based learning is again an effective way to accomplish the concept of relevancy. A scenario is essentially a story that is accompanied by an environment, characters and the problem that characters face. The environment portrays the relevant workplace, the character mirrors the learners and the problem is the one which learners have to resolve. Such scenario-based learning allows learners to take on the role of a problem solver, responding to the real workplace situations. Scenario-based learning can also be used in teaching soft skills that will come in handy when communicating with customers. Below is a screenshot that captures a pharmaceutical sales representative communicating with a doctor in order to attain higher sales.
Relevancy idea #5
Achieve relevance through gamification
Lastly, games are an essential element that can be incorporated into e-learning courses to make them both engaging and interesting. Again the relevance of learning games is essential in order to make the learning impactful. There are many kinds of games that can be used such as puzzle games, adventure games, role-play games, and so on. The important thing is you need to analyze and think which type of game could be more suitable and relevant depending on the content. In other words, you need to align the game type with the learning outcome.
Do you follow other ideas that make your e-learning course relevant? We would love to hear your views on this subject.