Developing effective e-learning training content or websites is not just about creating a course with solid material.
We are concerned with adapting different courses to a variety of learning styles and individual needs, and keeping learners interested and engaged.
These complexities will become part of the standard course construction routine.
It is important that we understand exactly what the customer wants to include in their online course.
Simplicity is key to these first steps and best practices.
Identify the objective
Although a lot can (and will be) said about the actual presentation of information, your e-learning course should also focus on the purpose of changing and improving performance.
Make sure you keep the basic goals in mind.
Establish Course Type – Your online course will most likely fall into one of three categories:
1. Information-based course without performance evaluation.
2. Detailed instructions for the specific functions of the learner.
3. Guidelines to help a learner solve real-world challenges in the workplace.
Organise your resources
Manage and allocate your resources according to the complexity and importance of the online learning course you want.
Courses should be simple and results-oriented.
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Passive commitment versus active engagement
Depending on your course, you may want to focus on a more passive engagement style of learning, or a more actively engaging experience.
Passive engagement is effective in providing timely and relevant information.
This type of learning tends to be more resource and referral oriented; In other words, the learners will absorb the information and, if they have to check back at another time, the information is always at their disposal.
Active engagement allows the learner to apply given information and receive feedback straight away.
While an active engagement style is often more memorable, a passive engagement style course can be used as an ongoing resource.
Both styles can be effective and there is not necessarily one “good answer” that fits all.
We keep the course design simple and clean so that you do not overwhelm your learners.
A modern style, “flat” design incorporates a solid color scheme, with a consistent structure.
Successful course designs are often bold but slightly muted.
With a simple and minimal approach to designing a course means there is less for learners to worry about or become distracted with.
A mix of styles is only used to create an added effect, such as to draw attention to a specific spot on the screen.
We use white space to further simplify the design of e-learning, with the most important and relevant information in a clear and concise manner.
The more specific your learning goals are, the easier it is to determine whether a course is meeting those goals.
Instead of using vague descriptions, keep in mind what users should be able to do when they finish the course.
Write action-oriented goals that you can measure.
The first goal allows you to determine the effectiveness of a course based on knowing what learners need to be able to do.
With a vague goal, however, it is not clear who the course is aimed at, or what users should be able to do after completing it.