How to Create Time-Saving eLearning

  • Posted on March 5, 2015   Shazia Wajid

    Have you been thinking of making a course with 360training? In this fast-moving world, learner time is at a premium. How can we help learners get the most out of their elearning time? Here are a few handy tips to help you create time-friendly and productive elearning before you bring it to the market for sale. So let’s get started!

    Strategically use hyperlinks in your course

    Online education lacks classroom interaction and in order to bridge student-trainer gap, some course developers bombard students with numerous web-links in the name of additional information in an online course. As a course developer, we must conduct needs analysis before adding external information to our elearning and determine whether the information to which we are directing students is already covered in the course or not.

    One thing to consider when adding hyperlinks is their placement in the course. Some instructional designers make the mistake of sprinkling links all over the course. If presenting additional information is a must, organize that information properly. Add external links at the end of each lesson or module, or at the end of the course. Also, it would be nice to add a small note asking students to bookmark and read those links once the training is completed, so that their complete focus in on the course. Compiling and adding relevant and useful links for more information can be a service to the student as it saves them time finding the best resources themselves, but the provided links should be supplemental, and must not interrupt the course.

    One tip to save learners’ time is going through the recommended websites yourself and reference the supplemental material in our online courses (if time permits). Last but not least, set time expectations with the students so that they budget an appropriate amount of time spend.

    Provide targeted glossaries

    Glossaries are added in an elearning course to define certain terminologies and terms, however, unlike a grocery list, a long list of glossary can be time consuming. Avoid long lists of glossary entries and pick those terms that are relevant to your course and likely to be unfamiliar to the student. This practice will keep the glossary list short and precise. Be sure to introduce and define new terms in the slides to teach them. The glossary should simply serve as a reminder.

    Strategically use job aids and reference handouts in online training

    Job aids and reference handouts are very helpful in saving the learner’s time. They can allow students to fully concentrate on the course and can provide a handy review of the course once it is completed.

    One important thing to note about supplemental material is that it should support the core content presented in the course—not be used as core content. Supplemental material may be overlooked by students. If it’s important content, keep it in the main online experience flow.

    When adding practice material such as such as worksheets and exercises, always place them before assessments and final exams to promote in-depth understanding of the subject matter.

    Break video into bite-size chunks

    Videos are excellent audio-visual aids and can make the learning experience productive and interesting. Before you select and upload videos in your Learning Content Management System (LCMS), map out the number of videos that you would like to add and their duration. Short chunks of videos (2-5 minutes in length) tend to work better as they provide breaks, and allow users to easily fit learning moments into their schedule. Go for interesting videos with optimized length to keep students motivated in your online course.

    Keep content concise and pertinent

    Be wary of digressions and long asides. Stay focused on the content the student needs to learn in order to be successful in the real world. Captivate your students with smart visuals, short videos, and catchy activities to help them accomplish training goals, and maintain attention, both at the same time.

    Conclusion

    Maintain learner’s interest and help them get the most out of your elearning by keep things simple, pertinent and interesting. Remember: The better you meet your learners’ needs, the more value you provide, and the better your course will generally sell. Looking forward to seeing your new course in our upcoming contest. Good luck and happy elearning!

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