3 Tips for Instructional Designers to Become a Learner’s Advocate

3 Tips for Instructional Designers to Become a Learner’s Advocate

Welcome to today’s blog post. In the eLearning industry, we as instructional designers are always used to hearing the phrases “learner-focused courses” and “thinking from learner’s perspective”. But, do we really follow them? We perform the training needs analysis and target audience analysis in the initial stages, but using this data properly throughout the eLearning course development is one forgotten element. Today, I will share three tips that will help you be a learner’s advocate.

1. Guide them in their journey from the present learning level to the expected

This is a part of the target audience analysis phase. Before we teach the learner what he needs to know, we need to be aware of what he already knows. Hopefully, we should not end up teaching half the content that he already is knowledgeable about. With our eLearning course, we should be able to build a bridge between the current and expected learning. Through the learner’s eLearning journey, we need to make him understand the behavioral changes that are expected to be seen in him.

2. Teach only what is required NOW

As eLearning people, we should be aware of the cognitive load that the learner can carry throughout the course. We might have a lot of content that needs to go in to the elearning course, with us, but it is essential to classify this into primary and secondary content and treat accordingly. The information that the learner has to learn and put to use at regular instances should be treated as primary information. Whereas, the information that the learner will be using occasionally should be considered secondary.

3. Go for a Learner-centric Design:

By design, I am not referring to only the look and feel of the elearning course, but the way you plan the knowledge transfer through it. Our priority is facilitating the information transfer to the learner through effective and engaging training programs. To enable this, we can implement a few instructional strategies combined with design elements. One good method to use is asking questions to the learner, and this encourages them to think and respond. The consequences of making a bad decision in these questions can be depicted through scenarios, which are one of the most powerful learning tools. A proper blend of visual and instructional design can make the elearning course memorable to the learner.

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