E-learning is self-paced learning format that provides good learning experience to the learners. An E-learning course, if designed effectively, enhances the interest levels of learners.
Such eLearning course should be designed in an engaging and effective way; else it becomes punishment to your learners. Learners feel exhausted and this leads to high dropout rates. I would like to list 10 very important things that every course developer needs to follow, while designing an eLearning course.
1. Know your audience
Audience analysis is done in the initial stage of project planning. In order to communicate the purpose of your course, you need to know who your audiences are. Depending on your learners’ profile and experience, you need to shape the online course in such a way that it accommodates the needs of the learners.
2. Appropriate learning objectives
Learning objectives (also called course objectives) specify what learners are expected to do at the end of the training program. They set the direction of the course to the learners. The desired learning outcomes can be achieved only if the learning objectives are framed appropriately. In order to enhance the learning process and to increase the scope for progress, an instructional designer should be clear with the objective of the program. Such learning objectives should be framed in such a way that they:
- Specify performance
- Are simple and brief
- Are attainable and realistic
- Communicate its purpose
3. Presenting the need to know information
When you have the content in place, try to categorize it into need to know information and nice to know information. For example, when you are explaining the role of a manager, you can categorize key points as need to know information, and you can present an example regarding this as nice-to-know information. By this, we can focus on presenting the need to know information more than the nice to know information.
4. Keep the content simple and short
It is well-known that if the content is too lengthy, learners feel annoyed and bored to read the information. So, one of the best practices of developing an eLearning course is to present the content in a lucid style. To do so, try to use more of animations, images and illustrations rather than text. This helps engage the learner very effectively.
5. Clear navigation
An eLearning course generally does not provide consistency around the Graphical User Interface design. Providing clear instructions on how to navigate through the course helps learners to take the course without problems. These instructions are useful to people who are not familiar to eLearning as well as those who find it difficult to navigate through the course.
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- Have consistent navigation in all the courses
- Give clear instructions in case of inconsistent navigation
- Present just-in-time navigation tips
- Include a Help section
These are some of the things that every course developer needs to follow, while developing an eLearning course. In my next blog, I will share more points on eLearning development. Please stay tuned to the second post.