In my previous blog 10 Things You Should Know About ELearning Development – Part 1, I have shared a few things that you need to keep in mind while developing an eLearning course. In this blog, I would like to share more points on the same.
6. Avoid grammatical and spelling mistakes
Mistakes in spellings and grammatical errors such as improper use of commas, periods and apostrophes can stop your learners from taking an eLearning course. So, it is very important to check your content to make sure that it is free from grammatical and spelling mistakes.
7. Having realistic scenarios
Try to use realistic scenarios and relevant examples in your course, depending on the content. This helps your learners relate themselves to real world situations. For example, as shown in the above screenshot, to teach effective sales skills, we have introduced a character (Bob, a junior salesperson). This helped the learners relate themselves to the situation.
8. Effective audio
Effective use of audio makes an eLearning course appealing. Embedding audio in the course enhances the interest and engagement levels of learners. To ensure that the audio used in eLearning courses are effective, here are a few tips.
- Use the services of professional narrators
- Use more than one audio narrators
- Make sure that the audio script is informal
- Avoid ‘shhh’ and ‘umm’ sounds
9. Selection of appropriate authoring tools
There are many rapid authoring tools available in the market such as Articulate Storyline, Flash, Captivate, Lectora etc. Select one among these to develop your course, considering the aspects mentioned below.
- Time and budget
- Skills of your course developers
- Ability to track the performance of learners
10. Framing assessments:
To achieve the desired learning outcomes of the online course, assessments need be framed in such a way that they are aligned to the learning objectives. For example, if the objective is to help learners use a piece of machinery efficiently, and then it is better to go in for a scenario-based assessment that presents a problem to the learners.
I hope you find the blog useful. There are many more things you should know while developing an eLearning course. Please add on to the list!