Lewis Carroll once remarked, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there”. The same holds good for eLearning development. If you don’t know the learning outcome of your course, it is of no use.
Learning objectives communicate the purpose of a course and also tell what the learner will be able to do upon the successful completion of the course. They set the direction for the learners and ensure that the course is ‘on track’.
In all eLearning courses, the screen containing the learning objectives is very important. Learning objectives must be presented in a captivating and appealing manner. Engaging and attractive learning objectives make learners stay focused throughout the course.
In this blog, I will share a few interesting ways of presenting learning objectives.
1. Provide an appropriate image for each learning objective
Try to provide an appropriate image for each learning objective instead of presenting them in a bulleted list. But, make sure these images relate to the job of the learner and help him connect to the course.
This is a screenshot from one of our courses on ‘Safe driving’, wherein we have used text with appropriate images to present the learning objectives.
2. Ask questions before providing the learning objectives
To catch your learners’ attention, ask them questions before stating the learning objectives and make them think about the answers. This makes them think and increases their curiosity.
Here is an example from one of our courses, wherein we have asked questions to make learners think before stating the learning objectives using ‘thought bubbles’.
3. Pose a challenge to your learners before presenting the learning objectives
Try to present a challenge that the learners usually face in their jobs. This helps them think and solve their job-related problems easily. Presenting a problem before stating the learning objectives motivates the learners.
4. Show only key points onscreen as learning objectives
Avoid too much text on the screen. Provide only the key points and use audio to explain in detail. For example, a learner must be able to perform the following after completing the course.
- Define Performance Management
- Explain your role as a manager in performance management
- Explain the key essentials of performance management
Here, you can show only the key points on the screen and narrate the rest.
5. Present learning objectives in the form of flip cards
You can also present learning objectives using flip cards. In the below example, there are three learning objectives and each box will flip in sync with audio.
6. Present learning objectives in the form of info graphics
Apart from the above mentioned ideas, there are many other ways of presenting learning objectives. Do add to the list.