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Set Learning Path for Effective Curriculum E-Learning

Written By Manisha Reddy K

Set Learning Path for Effective Curriculum E-learning

Learning Paths methodology for employee training was developed by Jim Williams, and Steve Rosenbaum defines a Learning Path as the ideal sequence of learning activities that drives employees to reach proficiency in their job in the shortest possible time.

I worked on a project recently, and it had 30 odd modules. It had 3 major segments (Food, Pharmaceutical, and Manufacturing), where each segment was divided into 3-4 modules. Each segment had a final assessment at the end, and there was a final quiz at the end of all the segments.

I had quite a huge team, working on this project. Hence, there was a strong need to work on a good plan to move forward with the project execution. I wanted to stick to a learning path that would ensure consistency for all modules and also result in effective learning.

Advantages of Learning Paths for Curricula:

  • Consistency of flow in all modules – unambiguous, simple and clear flow
  • Learning effectiveness – as learners are aware of the build-up of the modules
  • Re-usability – standard templates save development time and cost

I prepared a table to exhibit how each module should flow, how each screen should behave, how many times the screen will appear, etc. Setting a learning path at the initial stage of the project helped us maintain a consistent presentation format in all the modules.

Training Introduction

This is the first slide of Module 1 of each segment. It gives the learner a brief idea about what the training is about, how many modules is the training divided into and the duration of the complete training.

This slide is not repeated in the subsequent modules.

Navigation

This is the second slide of Module 1. It gives the learner an overview of how to navigate through the course.

This slide is not repeated in the subsequent modules.

  Course Structure

This is the third slide of Module 1. It gives the learner an overview of the modules in the course and the topics covered by each module.

This slide is not repeated in the subsequent modules.

Module Welcome

This is the fourth slide of Module 1, and it welcomes learners to the module. It provides a brief introduction to the topics that the module covers and specifies the time taken for each.

This will be the first slide for the subsequent modules.

   Do you know?

This slide asks the learners some questions to which they will find answers in the module as they move forward.

Note: These questions will be like teasers with appropriate pictures of the real work environment. Employees should get connected to the course and motivated to learn the answers to these questions.

Learning Objectives This slide highlights the key learning points for the learners in the module.
Module Structure This slide acts as a transition slide. It displays the topics covered in the module and highlights the current topic.
Internal Assessments

After each topic, a question will be framed on the topic to check the learners’ understanding. Here, the learners will be given as many chances as they want to try and select the correct answer. Only after selecting the correct answers, the learners will be able to move to the next screen.

These questions will NOT be tracked in the LMS.

Summary

After all the topics are completed, the module is summarized to tell the learners what they have learnt in the module.

Note: This will be a brief summary, highlighting ONLY the key points of each topic.

Final Assessment

Linked to each learning objective/topic, we have 2 questions framed, from which the learner will randomly get one question. This way he will answer at least one question related to each topic.

For example, if there are 3 learning objectives/topics in a module, we will have 6 questions in the pool, from which the learner will get 3 in the final assessment.

This assessment will be tracked on the LMS. We can have a pre-requisite that if the learner successfully passes a particular module, only then he will be able to access the next module in that segment.

Final Quiz

The learner takes this quiz after he has completed all modules in the training. It will have questions from all modules. Based on the number of modules, this quiz can have 15-20 questions.

This Quiz is tracked on the LMS. The learner has to pass this quiz, if he has to successfully complete the training.

This way, I have set a clear learning path at the initiation stage of the project and got the approval from the client. I also prepared a set of standard templates with different presentation patterns and interactivities, which resulted in maximum re-usability. I found such standardization and consistency very useful for curriculum-based projects. I hope my on-the-job experience will help you in most of your eLearning courses!

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