In eLearning, the biggest challenge lies in designing a course that can retain your learner’s attention. But, what goes into creating an effective eLearning course?
There are several strategies to consider while doing so; These strategies are standardized and help you make learning effective and interesting. We follow these strategies to prevent learners from getting distracted and demotivated. Here are the 6 learning design strategies to engage your people.
1. Sound Learning Objectives: As an instructional designer, it is your duty to set sound learning objectives to ensure that the learners have an overall picture of the subject. This will enhance and motivate the learner as he is now aware of what he is about to learn further. Specify the intended outcome of the course, or in other words what you want your learner to learn.
2. Crisp content: Dumping heavy content on the screen will overburden the learner’s cognitive ability, leading to disinterest and eventually loss of attention. To avoid this,always chunk the content, prioritize it and make it short and crisp to help learner digest the content effectively.
3. Visual treat: In general, people tend to concentrate much on visuals, and appropriate images to complement the textual content in helping the learner understand better. Images play a vital role in eLearning as they enhance the aesthetic value of the course and are self-explanatory. The learner may forget the content, but an image that has been captured in his mind will never vanish.
4. Activities: A course can be very effective when you allow your learner to do something. For instance, interactivities or simulations can be used to teach the learner how to perform particular task as well allow him do it practically. This will engage the learner and keeps him motivated.
5. Scenarios: Scenarios build relationships between the learner and the context or situations. The objective of scenario-based learning is to make eLearning as realistic as possible, and this can be done by using a series of situations or contexts to explain the concepts and decisions. Scenario-based training can be very effective in presenting compliance-related information, safety training to the employees, the training that involves selling skills, communication skills, technical skills, etc.
6. Assessment: Assessments in eLearning are used not just to track the progress of learning. They also help overcome the obstacles in the way of better learning and training. However, to improve the learning outcomes, assessments need to be designed in an effective way. Here are a few guidelines.
- Make learners respond
- Create a good balance of hard and easy questions
- Make assessments contribute towards an impactful course
If instructional designers keep these tips in mind, they can surely develop an engaging eLearning course. Do you have any tips to share? Please do share with us.