To design effective eLearning courses, one must pay special attention to the nuances that can make or break a learning environment.
A critical component to a successful course is one that is well-designed in terms of being engaging, practical and easy to navigate. For a course to be effective, students must be interested and motivated to learn the material. With so much vying for their attention, how can we better design courses that engage and motivate our audiences?
SHIFT’s eLearning Blog talks about 6 ways to design effective eLearning courses.
Effective eLearning element 1: The importance of how adults learn
The brain works hard to learn, digest, and retain information. When a student is engaged in learning, the brain steps into action and fires off all kinds of responses. A well-designed course will cater to the brain’s high functions and allow the learner to walk away with a solid bank of new information.
Effective eLearning element 2: Adding graphics to improve learning
People judge a course by how it looks. Does it appeal to their senses? Does it make them want to learn? Does it flow? Graphics should lift a course to higher learning ground by being relevant.
Effective eLearning element 3: Aligning text near relevant graphics
Seems simple, and it is! It’s also critical in helping students retain information. When appropriately displayed, the brain registers the graphic with the text and implants it in memory.
Effective eLearning element 4: Using audio to explain graphics
According to SHIFT’s blog, including audio to your courses may increase the effectiveness of the learning experience up to 80%.
Effective eLearning element 5: Keeping it real (human)
Students are human beings, not robots, so be sure you’re tapping into their emotions. Technology is great with all of its useful bells and whistles, but at the end of the day, students relate to new information best when it also taps into their senses.
Effective eLearning element 6: Avoiding distractive visuals, audio and text
Nothing spells disaster to a learning environment than distraction. Be sure the right things are standing out to students by eliminating the clutter of unnecessary visuals, audio and text.
Always in learning mode,
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p.s. Do you have additional elements to add? Please feel free to chime in by leaving a comment. To learn more about how to design effective eLearning Courses, read SHIFT’s eLearning Blog.