The learning styles and techniques used for learning vary from person to person and some people may have a mix of all.
Typically, the learning styles in eLearning can be classified into visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. eLearning helps to improve the speed and quality of learning by recognizing and understanding the learning styles and the techniques applied. This makes eLearning standout from traditional classroom and book –based teaching.
Apart from the above said, there are some mistakes which could distract your kinesthetic learner from the eLearning. Here I would like share a few common mistakes which must be avoided in order to develop an engaging and learner-centric eLearning courses.
Dumping all the content at once
Putting all your content on screen will only make your course look clustered and leave your learner confused. In every eLearning course, the content should be well structured and organized so that your learner can remember the key points.
Content can divided into sections or chunks where one sub topic can be called a chunk. This chunk can be further divided into specific points such as bulleted lists. After every topic, it will be useful to give your learner a point to remember or a highlighted keyword signifying that it is important for the learner to know that particular point. To add more connectivity in your content, you can add phrases such as, additionally, more over, and including and so on, to link them to one another.
Improper sequence of instructions
While designing an eLearning course, it is necessary to give the instructions in a proper way for any kind of interactivities to help the learner complete the given task. A misspelt or jumbled instruction will not only look bad onscreen but also will confuse the learners and they may not be able to complete the interactivity if the instructions are not set properly. Writing proper instructions can add great value to the course.
Let us consider an example for a Drag and Drop interactivity. The correct instruction is “Drag and drop the correct options to the space provided and click submit.” But if it is “Drag and drop the correct option to the space provided and click submit” the learners will get confused as to how many selected options need to be dropped.
Not using appropriate interactivities
Use of interactivities enhances the value of your content. Keeping the learner engaged is one of the biggest challenge for an instructional designer; hence interactivities need to be relevant to the given content. Interactivities such as click-on images, click-on tabs, click-on hotspots, etc., used to explore information in the given content. Not using such interactivities will make your course mundane and boring; you will not only lose your learners, but also fail at creating a good learning experience.
Including too much audio (background music)
Just as too much content on screen can ruin your course, in the same way too much audio can distract your kinesthetic learner. A good course should strike a perfect balance between the two. Including too much audio will not let your learners concentrate and they will neither be able to finish the task on hand, nor will it encourage them to learn further.
Not embedding learning based games/quizzes
A kinesthetic learner is a “doer”. They learn by application, for instance a simulation lets them explore a software and try it out by themselves. They learn best from hands on learning experience; hence it is vital to use elements such as games, puzzles, quizzes and simulations to keep them involved in the course.
So, to create a learner-centric and effective eLearning course for your Kinesthetic learner it is essential to exclude all these mistakes while developing an eLearning course.
Do you think there are other things that have been missed out? Please do share your thoughts and ideas on the same..!!