Organizing the content can be defined as making the content meaningful way and understandable. A meaningful content is logical and helps the learner retain better. Here is a list of most effective ways for organizing your content.
1. Put the content in the order of importance
Organizing the content in the order of its importance is a very effective way. This makes the learner attentive from the beginning to the end of the course.
For arranging the content by the order of its importance, you can:
- Place the content at the beginning and at the end of the course.
- Proceed with the most important content to the least or the vice versa.
For figuring out which approach to choose, you need to first analyze the content.
2. Always spiral out the content
The content can be easy to understand if you start with the core of the topic. You can unwind and elaborate the main aspects of the topic as you proceed.
For example, you can give consequent images of the topic to start with then focus on each one giving more content. This helps in giving the learner enough time to get the information and to absorb it.
3. Big picture to bits
By providing the entire big picture at first and then dividing it into easy chunks can also be a very useful strategy.
This helps the adult learners to make sense out of the information. This also enables the learners to provide a framework to fit the information in their memory.
4. Put the content in a sequence for a process or procedure
The most common method for representing a process or procedure is by putting then as a series of steps. By providing the steps, you let the learner remember the steps of the procedure.
5. One paragraph one idea
Chunk the content into different paragraphs. Each paragraph should have only one main idea.
6. First simple then complex
Begin with a slow initiation into the subject. This builds confidence and knowledge on the subject in the learner. This strategy can be opted when the simple content does not require any prerequisites to the complex content.
These are a few ways in which you can structure your content for an eLearning course. If you have any other approaches, do share with me.