As an instructional designer, you wish to design an effective online course that meets the desired learning outcomes. But, at the same time, you also need to ensure that your learners take the course with great zeal and enthusiasm and your efforts do not go in vain.
Here are four tips to make online learning more effective and captivating.
Deliver rich and exciting experience
Usually, people learn more through their experience rather than books. What we have learnt now may not hold value 5 years down the line. Thus, experiential learning is given utmost importance these days. Experiential learning, also called service learning, where learners are asked to participate in an activity to stimulate their learning. Experiential learning also enhances thinking and interpersonal skills of the learners.
Embed rich conversations
Narrating the online course in a conversational tone enables learners to relate themselves to a situation and characters in a scenario. Use elements such as creating context, storytelling etc., through which information will be delivered and the learners won’t be aware of it.
Offer adequate time for reflection
Including formative and summative assessments is a good way to reinforce learning. Interactivities in the form of tests, puzzles or games make learners think deeply and put additional efforts to recollect the information they have learnt. This ‘solidifies’ their learning, helping them retain information for long periods of time.
Provide the opportunity to practice
Most of the courses are designed to ‘push’ the information. Instead, you need to create an environment for the learner to participate in the learning and ‘pull’ the information he needs. For example, ask the learner to solve a problem, and then provide him with the information you want to deliver. When you provide a chance to the learner to practice, he grasps the information more easily.
These are some of the aspects to be kept in mind, while developing an online course. How do you design your eLearning course? We’d love to hear your experiences.