Mr. Joe, the training manager of a pharmaceutical giant has planned to introduce online training in his organization. He gathered the required information, contacted an e-learning vendor, and asked them to design a course, based on the inputs about a drug. After development, he successfully launched the online training.
A month after the launch, he held a meeting to know learners’ feedback and was taken aback listening to employees’ requests for a print version of the course as they found difficulties in comprehending onscreen content.
Despite the fact that all the information required for the training is included in the online course, what do you think is the reason for learners to prefer paper to the screen?
Simple! It is because learners prefer paper to poorly designed, less flexible, online courses.
Have you ever faced similar problems?
Then go through this blog for tips that help enhance onscreen design for maximal content comprehension in your online trainings.
1. Well-designed Course:
If an eLearning course is designed by just dumping input content into slides, it will bore learners. To make it interesting, it has to be well designed, with relevant visuals and interactivities. It is advisable to use clear and easy-to-read fonts with compatible color combinations to maintain visual clarity.
Learners are used to moving to selected pages whenever they need, in printed materials. The same accessibility can be made available even in online courses. With this, they will feel more flexible reading the chosen content. This will enhance their reading comprehension.
3. Assessments at Regular Intervals:
Continuous flow of slides with loaded content might affect the learner’s concentration. It leads to cognitive overload and he might lose interest in the midst of the course.
To avoid this, various assessments with relevant interactivities can be used in between topics to assist the learner in recalling the completed topics. This way, the learner will be motivated to comprehend content better.
4. Content Chunked into Bits and Bytes:
If a course is designed with content as it is given in the input, it will be difficult for learners to comprehend the heavy content in each slide. Hence, it is suggested to chunk the content into short paragraphs and bulleted lists, and restrict each slide to a single learning point.
A single slide with more than two learning points will not be learner-friendly to comprehend content easily.
5. Relevant Navigational Cues:
A course with heavy content slides leads to the usage of more scrolling or slideshow effects. It will overload the learner to access a course with many interactivities.
Content chunked at the screen-level helps minimize such interactivities in a course. However, to make the course more user-friendly, relevant navigational cues should be provided.
Now that you are aware of a few tips that maximize the content comprehension ability of a learner, I hope you will use them while designing your next course to make it more learner-friendly.
Have more tips to add? Do share through your comments.