E-learning designers use diferent tools and techniques to make online courses engaging. But, how can you ensure success with your eLearning courses? The answer is to use a learner-centric approach. We tend to focus a lot on making the content meaningful, adding interactivities, creating scenarios, etc. But, do we really think how relevant these techniques are to our learners?
Learner-centric approach involves giving learners the control of their learning experience. Here, designing plays an important role. The elearning course should be designed in a way that enables learners to easily navigate through the screens. This helps them skip unnecessary content and proceed further. Also, the learning activities should be relevant to the learners. The activities should be linked to the real world context, so that learners use their previous and current knowledge to solve problems.
Benefits of learner-centric courses:
Increase learner retention: Learner-centric courses provide learners an opportunity to acquire new information effectively and retain this knowledge for later use. Using games relevant to the content and providing appropriate feedback are some of the ways to reinforce learning.
Improve on-the-job performance: There are many benefits that come with learner-centric eLearning courses. Scenarios or case-studies demonstrate relatable situations and help learners remember facts, analyze situations, perform functions and take actions as the situation demands. This improves the on-the-job performance of learners.
Enable critical-thinking skills: Try to use different instructional approaches such as storytelling, scenarios, role-plays, guided learning activities, etc., depending on the content type. Use real-life challenges to engage your learners. These will help them ‘extract’ guidelines or best practices and apply them in their workplace. These challenges help them acquire new knowledge and develop new ways of overcoming these problems.
To conclude, learner-centric courses help strengthen the learner’s knowledge and improve on-the-job performance. What do you think?