It’s well known that efficient instructional design is the heart of an effective eLearning course. But, how will you make sure this instructional design is learner-centric? In this post, we will look at some tips to design learner-centric eLearning courses.
Ask questions: For needs analysis, ask the right questions. A leaner-centered design focuses on asking the right questions and getting right answers. Some of the questions include “What should the learners be able to DO after completing the training? What challenges will they face along the way? Are the activities aligned with learning objectives? Are they practical and applicable to real life?”. On the other hand, a content-centered approach focuses on questions such as “Is all the content covered?”, “Is the slide too heavy?”, “Are the colors appropriate?”.
Plan the design: Instead of directly jumping to the development phase, first design a plan or make an outline. Any training usually starts with a plan. Ensure that everyone is on the same page before developing the actual deliverable. The outline sets the tone and order of your course. This makes it easier for both the learner and the designer to segregate learning screen by screen.
Use various approches: Think of different instructional approaches, such as storytelling, scenarios, role-plays, guided learning activities, etc. Depending upon the content type and target audience, pick the correct approach.
Motivate the learners: The next important tip is to motivate your learners. We know that when learners are motivated, they find a way to learn. So, how do we motivate them? Simple, make the learners think critically by providing them some challenges. Once they discover the solutions to these challenges, provide rewards in the form of feedback to the learners.
To conclude, these are some tips that add value to your eLearning course. Hope you find them useful.