8 Tips For Successful eLearning
Whether you are new to eLearning starting your first project, or a grizzled veteran developer interested in re-evaluating current training options, follow these tips to make your eLearning strategy relevant, effective and successful.
- Evaluate Needs
Who needs to be trained? What do they need to learn? When do they need to learn it? The answer to these questions will help you identify training gaps. Plus, those who control your company’s budget will be happy that you’ve done research and have a strategy BEFORE you ask for development funding
- Create User-Centric Courses
keep your learners in mind when designing elearning courses. Consider their level of exposure to technology and the training concepts to suit novice and seasoned learners. Never “dumb down” your course for newbies. Challenge them.
- Identify Delivery Methods Before Development Begins
One of the first questions to ask during your research phase is “How will users be able to view the course?” Know the capabilities and constraints of your delivery system before developing your course.
- Motivate Users To Participate In Their Learning Process
Attitude is everything. Learners who enter training with a positive attitude will typically learn more with a negative approach. Make eLearning courses engaging, interactive and relevant and promote the personal and professional benefits to motivate users to take-and more importantly complete- the training
- Create Components Once
It’s important to get the most bang for your development buck. When creating your eLearning course, develop components such as navigational menus and buttons, page layouts and quiz engineering to use them in future courses. Resuming components will save you time, effort and of course, money.
- Create Content In Chunks
People today get the information they want, when they want it, and they expect to access training material the same way. Break your training content into short Micro Learning Objects (5-15 minutes chunks) That focus on one topic each, so users can better understand the information and fit more learning into their busy schedule
- Make Learning Interactive
The real world isn’t passive, so why should training be any different? Create eLearning courses with interactive elements that challenge learners. Course components should force learners to use their knowledge and critical thinking skills to address challenges and solve issues.
- Monitor Performance
When creating quizzes or immersive learning simulations, provide immediate and direct feedback that explains why a decision is correct or incorrect. Monitoring user performance (via an LMS) also lets you evaluate learner progress and the overall effectiveness of the course by reviewing areas that might be too easy or too hard.