Monday, 17 August 2015 10:11

Making a Great E-learning Course

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Great e-learning motivates learners and provides a great employee learning experience. Great e-learning means writing great content. How do you make a great e-learning course? Here, I would like to share six tips.

>> Making Raw Content into Good E-learning Content
Reading through the raw content and writing the content in a simple and easy-to-understand way is the first step. Flow of the content is very important and provides information in consecutive steps; otherwise, learners will get distracted and may not focus on the course.

>> Writing Better Learning Objectives
Writing good learning objectives gives clarity about the purpose of the course and instills learner confidence. Learning objectives need to be clearly defined, specific and measurable. Learners need to know what they get after completing the course.

>> Presenting E-learning Content
Present the content so that learners can easily understand what is being shared. Chunk the content into smaller parts, and keep each screen to a minimum duration. Giving lengthy information in one screen and long duration of slides are boring. Ensure consistency of presentation patterns throughout the course.

>> Making It Interactive
Involve learners in the course by making them participate in an activity. Add interactive elements like click-on tabs, slide shows, gaming interactivities and internal assessments such as FAQs. With these elements, we can make courses interesting and prevent learner humdrum.

>> Summarizing
At the end of the course, summarize the key points that have been shared. This provides information about key takeaways in a nutshell. This also enables learners to recall and re-visit the information.

>> Final Assessment
It is a good practice to end the course with a summative assessment. This tests the extent to which a learner has mastered the topics covered in the course. Prepare the questions such that they test your learners on content that has been shared during the course. In other words, the questions should be based only on the course’s content. This helps learners re-visit the portions that they have not answered or found difficult to answer.

Good e-learning courses go a long way toward engaging your learners and meeting your learning needs effectively. By using these tips, you can develop top-notch online courses that captivate your learners and deliver first-rate training.

—The author, Mahammad Shafi, is a project manager at CommLab India, an e-learning design and development company. He is responsible for managing multiple e-learning projects for Fortune 500 clients and responsible for meeting timelines with good quality. More info: www.commlabindia.com

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