It’s known that instructional designers come up with innovative and creative strategies for e-learning courses depending on the type of content – concepts, facts, principles, procedures, and processes.
In this blog, we will be focusing on concepts along with some tips to teach them. In general, concepts act as a knowledge tools that define, explain, analyze, identify, and demonstrate real life events and experiences. Concepts are of two types – sensory and abstract. As an instructional designer, you will have to teach both sensory and abstract concepts.
Here are five ideas to help you teach concepts through e-learning.
1. Incorporate videoscribe to introduce the topic
A great start to your course not only grabs learners’ attention but also enables them to take the course with great zeal and enthusiasm. Well, Videoscribe/white board animations are a unique way to present information that educates and simultaneously entertains learners. These animations have very little text onscreen along with supporting vector images. We can also have music in the background. Here you can also state examples, non-examples, analogies, etc., to help the learner understand the concept better.
Check out the example below in which the basics concepts of financial accounting are taught using Videoscribe.
2. Use a scenario-based approach for conceptual learning
Instead of directly explaining the concept, know the target audience along with their problems and create a scenario based on it. This helps learners relate to the course.
For instance, we can use two characters – an experienced person and a junior. These characters will be used at the beginning of each unit to discuss the learning utility and take learners through the course. They will also be used to lead learners to the formative assessments and summary.
3. Create situation-based formative assessments
In order to check learners’ comprehension of the concept, you have to test them at the end of each unit. Here you can present learners a situation and pose questions based on that particular scenario.
In the example shared below, the learner is taught the basics of sexual harassment at the workplace. Here the learner has to analyze a given situation and then answer questions based on his understanding.
4. Summarize at the end to reinforce learning
It is very important to revise whatever was covered in the course. Hence, framing an appropriate summary at the end of the course provides the complete essence or gist to the learners. It helps learners retain learning longer. You can have both static and interactive summary slides, depending on the size of the content.
5. Provide job-aids in the form of PDF files and hyperlinks
Many times, learners cannot memorize everything they have learnt. In such situations, these resources act as ready to use handouts for the learners. We can even provide nice-to-know or supporting guides as resources. These can be in the form of PDF files, hyperlinks, course handouts, etc.
These are some tips that can help you create engaging courses while teaching concepts to your online learners.
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