WP Courseware is being utilized to deliver an incredibly broad range of training content. From traditional university curriculum to the latest trends in social media, we’ve seen some outstanding examples of implementation and e-learning delivery.
However, no matter what skills you’re teaching or what media you’re using as your primary delivery method, there are a few questions you can ask before publishing your e-learning content to offer a better experience for your course participants.
1. Is Your Course Easy to Navigate?
As we’ve discussed in previous posts, effective navigation is critical to the success of any online training program. Effective learning requires well-planned instructional design and presenting your content in a way that moves students logically from one concept to the next is the reason we created WP Courseware. It also allows students to easily access the content which they need help with the most.
Complex and confusing navigation can cause a great deal of frustration for your course participants. Make your content easy to navigate and access and you’ll ensure a better e-learning experience for your students.
2. Are You “Hooking” Your Students?
Enthusiasm and attention are always the highest at the beginning of a student’s journey through a new learning experience. It’s important to capitalize on this early excitement by placing compelling, interesting, and attractive content at the start of your course. This may take extra time and effort to do, but the increased engagement is worth the investment.
Including video or other multimedia content at the front end of your training can be a great way to do this and it reduces the fatigue associated with reading a great deal of required content.
3. Have You Created Learner-Centric Content?
I’ll admit it. I’ve been guilty of creating training content that I want to teach. But for your course participants, it’s crucial to ensure you’re delivering content that meets their needs. What skills are most relevant for them to put into practice now? Have you included too many rudimentary background concepts or included content that may be too complex for the course? If your course requires a broad range of complexity to serve the largest possible number of participants, have you made it easy for advanced students to move ahead or for students who need more review to easily return to previous lessons?
4. Are You Providing Realistic Scenarios for the Application of Training?
Students tend to learn new concepts best when they’re giving real-world examples of how their new skills can be put to use. After the introduction and explanation of concepts, try offering case studies or other situations in which these new skills have been put to use and have worked effectively.
5. Is All of Your Content Necessary and Relevant?
In attempting to provide value in online training, many of us attempt to “fill up space” with quantity over quality. However, too much content and content which isn’t completely relevant to the new skills you’re teaching can become distracting and confusing. Is all of the content in your course necessary? Does it directly relate to the learning goals your course participants have signed up to reach?
Now it’s your turn! What questions do you feel are important to ask to ensure an effective e-learning experience? Let us know in the comments section of this blog post!