Developing an e-learning course is an intricate process. An e-course comprises many instructional elements expertly put together using the best design principles. Course design is not just concerned with the aesthetics of things, but also plays a decisive role in effective transfer of knowledge. The way an e-learning course interacts with the audience and how they respond to it largely depends on the way it is developed. That’s why selecting the right authoring tool plays a big part in the success of your digital learning program.
A lot of training content fails to connect with learners as it just states facts and makes learning uninspiring. When your subject matter doesn’t engage learners, chances are it will fall on deaf ears. That’s why it is important to create learner-centric e-learning courses. Your course needs to pull learners, rather than being pushed onto them. Integrating scenario-based learning is an excellent way to engage your audience, increase interest, and reinforce learning objectives. With scenarios, learners can picture themselves in real-life situations and thoroughly absorb the subject matter.
Changing the in-house authoring tool or purchasing a new tool can prompt organizations to convert their legacy courses, so that their internal teams can do further updates. One of our clients – Canada’s largest catering services and restaurant supply chain – came to us with the same requirement. They wanted to convert online courses developed in Articulate Storyline to their new tool ‘Claro’ Here is how it goes.
Of all the rapid authoring tools available in the market today, the one that has stood out (for all the right reasons), is Articulate Storyline. This blog is dedicated to this timeless eLearning authoring tool that has stood the test of time, evolving training challenges, and technological advancements.
Rapid authoring tools are very essential to expedite your online training development process. Not only do they speed up the entire development process, but also help create impactful courses. Better courses mean better knowledge retention and greater return on the training investment. On top of that, using authoring tools requires almost no prior training, allowing developers to produce top notch content easily. Courses are also usually compatible with multiple devices and operating systems.
Nothing spells learner disinterest faster than a ‘click Next’ e-Learning course. Not only is it boring in its predictability, such courses also suffer a higher dropout rate.
Statistics from the Corporate University Exchange, based on a study of 4148 online learners, show dropout rates at about 70% in e-learning courses compared to an average 15% for classroom training courses.
Disengagement in workplace learning can cost organizations a fortune. When learners are disengaged with learning, organizations face the impact in the form of high dropout rates, low productivity, absenteeism, attrition, safety incidents, data privacy issues, and more. Lack of direct interaction and flexibility in courses, their inability to cater to different learning styles, the declining attention spans of employees and other factors cause disengagement in online learning.
Rapid e-learning development has brought about a refreshing change in e-learning project timelines. Previously, e-learning development was a time intensive process. Now, it is possible to develop a 60-minute e-learning course in the span of just a few weeks. Does this mean that courses compromise on quality and interactivity? This is a common concern among training managers. No one wants to work through a boring, ‘click and read’ course – no matter how quickly it was developed. Thankfully, with authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline from Articulate, development speed no longer means making a compromise on interactive content.
How is interaction possible in online learning without the presence of an instructor? How can you involve your learners actively in the online learning activity? If you are a training manager, all these questions are familiar to you by now. However, these questions recurring in different ways.
Learner engagement in online courses is always a challenge for training managers. Though online courses are the combination of text, images, and static graphics, learners may often lose their focus for a number of reasons. However, you can get the attention of learners using animations, instead of boring static graphics.