It is said that a good eLearning course must have the right mixture of an instructional strategy and a learning event. But, what is it that goes into the creation a learning event? Is it even possible to create a learning event in an eLearning course? Yes! Absolutely. A learning event is an integral part of your instructional strategy; it takes your strategy a step ahead. In this blog, we will have a look at the three must have learning events in your eLearning courses. Keep in mind that you don’t have to use all the three events in a single course to make a good eLearning course.
1. Guide: Guidance is an age old form of encouragement, and the main aim of a guided learning event is to generate motivation and enable the application of knowledge gained through an eLearning course. Guiding is a learning event that mainly focuses on measured application. For instance, if you have to explain how to use an online portal, a guided approach helps and the takes the learner through a step-by-step procedure until the expected outcome is achieved. There are ample ways to use guided events, and to make guided events more interesting, you can add a character or an avatar that guides your learner through the course.
2. Explore: Exploration as a learning event which makes the learner curious. When a learner is set in an exploratory atmosphere, he is most likely to initiate the learning process and grasp whatever information or resources are presented during the event. For example, you can always make use of the treasure hunt theme to set an exploratory event. Explore and learn courses are highly unpredictable as you can never guess the learners’ movements. However, they are also one of the most learner-centric online courses.
3. Reflect: As the word itself suggests, reflection as a learning event is all about how the learner reflects and proceeds in the course. The best example of a reflective learning event is a scenario or a case-study. You can present your learner with a scenario, take him through the story and ask a question, and this is where the learner will reflect on his learning and give an answer. This learning event is all about self-reflection and decision making. Take a look at the example below for a reflective scenario.
With the help of these learning events, you can not only enhance your instructional strategy, but also take your eLearning course to the next level! If you have more interesting learning events, feel free to post a comment.