Design tips for effective eLearning

Creating a successful eLearning programme

1. Set clear programme objectives

Clearly outline the learning outcomes, what to expect and the participation requirements of the programme. Be careful not to use overly glorious terms to describe the benefits of the programme. Use clear, specific and measurable terms on what they will achieve at the end of each module.

2. Make your content visual

Storyboarding is a great way to visualise how your content will be presented. A storyboard can help you determine how to present the content, the learning outcomes, and how your can facilitate their eLearning journey. It can help you visualise how participants will progress through the eLearning programme from start to the finish. eLearning storyboarding helps plan the kind of scenarios, interactions, or graphics you will need to include in the programme.

3. Include real-world scenarios and case studies

Case studies promote real-world problem solving skills and help participants apply understanding to a specific challenge or scenario. Scenarios based on workplace situations they are likely to face help engage participants. Case studies help build critical thinking skills and reflection. Problem-solving scenarios that are realistic and fit for purpose are most effective.

4. Make it interactive

Using a variety of interactions including images, sticky-notes, avatars, click-on-tabs, and simulations can help attract and keep the participants attention. Interactions also help make the programme content more memorable. Assessments such as dropdown quizzes, multiple answer select, drag and drop concept ordering can also be used to help embed ideas. Questions need to be challenging and help measure participants understanding of the programme. Assessments can also help gauge course effectiveness and user engagement. Ensure assessment feedback is instant and explains when they get a question right or wrong (and why). Feedback helps reinforce the key concepts.

5. Use elements of gamification

Using games or game-based elements in your eLearning programme can make it more engaging. Adding fun or competitive elements to the learning process can improve knowledge retention. It is essential to make sure that the game design augments the learning outcomes (e.g. an interactive quest to identify strategy elements). The key is to only introduce the game after building the relevant context.

6. Add interest with audio and video

Videos are often an effective way to present specialised, complex, or dry information in a more human manner. Having a colleague present this type of information can also make it more relatable and engaging. Using a mix of forms (visuals, video, & audio) to deliver the ideas adds to retention. Videos can also be used to model social interactions, especially customer service, conflict resolution or communication skills. A conversational style in the video / audio helps make it more relatable.

7. Use a consistent style and smooth navigation

Make sure the navigation is easy and intuitive. Allowing participants to freely navigate through the programme helps ensure a sense of autonomy and allows them to prioritise modules important to them. Ensure the eLearning experience has a congruent colour theme and style. Changing the theme every few slides can become jarring and confuse learners. Consistency is key.

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