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What Do Your Learners Want from Your Online Course

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What Do Your Learners Want from Your Online Course

As an eLearning professional, you need to struggle hard to meet your learners’ expectations from an eLearning course. The moment you know your learners and their expectations, you are sure to provide them with an effective eLearning course. Remember, your learners want to take the course for improving their performance and not just for the sake of taking the course. For this, you need to know what your learners actually want from the course. Here are a few things.

  1. Problem solving: As mentioned earlier, your learners take an eLearning course for a specific purpose.Your learners would like to know “what’s in it for me?” before taking the course. After all, they would learn better and pay more attention to the aspects they find relevant to the realworld. For this, present them with a problem and allow them to think what the solution is and how it would be applicable in the real world. 
  2. Presenting information: Your learners donot want to waste their time on information that is irrelevant to them. They want to know only those which could help them improve their performance. Hence, it’s your responsibility to decide whichpart of the content is relevant and which is not. You need to also make your learners understand how to apply the information in the real world. 
  3. Emotions: Learners learn better if they are able to connect themselves to the course emotionally. You can provide your learners a memorable learning experience by providing them with an emotionally-driven course. For this, you can include interesting stories that have memorable characters or give some real world examples that can make learners relate to their personal or professional life. 
  4. Visualization: It is well-known thata picture is worth a thousand words. Your learners would naturally pay attention to images rather than large pieces of text. Add visuals to your course,while explaining the content. When you pair the content with relevant and meaningful images, your learners are sure to store information in their long term memory.
  5. Assessments: Assessments allow learners to participate in a course actively rather than just sit back and absorb the data. They allow learners to know and understand what they have learned and retain the information for a longer period of time.

Use these strategies in your eLearning course and you will see a dramatice change in your eLearning effectiveness.

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