There is an urge to make eLearning flexible, responsive, scalable and sustainable. Long information-based modules won’t be completed without several naps during its use! Great eLearning is an outcome of curated content in a well-presented manner.
“It’s time to step up to the plate and get passionate about your work commit to making eLearning courses that don’t bore people to tears, but instead inspire and motivate them to learn a new skill, change a certain behavior, or improve their performance,” says Cammy Bean.
Content is the cardinal virtue of custom eLearning development. If the content is not masterfully designed, everything will go down the drain. Here are the guiding steps to the authoring process of a course to increase the output by manifolds.
1. Create Learning Objectives
The first step should clearly be understanding, writing and studying the aims and objectives of the course. A course should ideally be influential and designed from the learner’s perspective, to enable him to identify, perceive or construct the required output. Learning objectives and learning goals are not the same thing. Where goals are a broad definition, learning objectives are measurable milestones to be achieved for the right outcome. As an eLearning company we suggest:
I. Writing the learning objectives before the course design
II. Getting them reviewed internally and by the client to make sure every body is on the same page
III. Keeping track of the objectives during the course of development in order not to lose focus
2. Create Course Structure
After having set clear learning objectives create a course structure. This can be just in the form of an outline, table of contents, script or a concept note. Create a visual concept note with reference images to give the client a look & feel of the end result. Most people might consider this task less worthy but it is an essential step for effective client communication.
3. Select Content Material
Content curation is big! Not all available content is really required. In an era where the internet is flooded with information, how do you ensure that the right kind of information hits the leaner with the right impact? Studies show that images with information, infographics, quick facts or videos are likely to be more absorbed than plain content. Long texts, irrelevant images, a large resource base and poor interactivity will turn the learners off…immediately! Visual aides make the course more persuasive, encouraging learners to complete it entirely with greater retention. Make assessments relevant to the content of the course. No one likes to be asked questions for knowledge that is not given! This may leave the learner disappointed and humiliated.
4. Ask Questions
After thoroughly defining the objectives, structure and content you may still have questions about the course. This should not be a cause for anxiety! Ask the client for value-addition or feedback to remain focused on the goals and requirements. You have lot to be worried about if you proceed to development with assumptions on client-behalf and doubts in your head.
5. Course Development Timeline
As an experienced eLearning company you might be tempted to skip one or even two of the above steps without realizing that the exercise will define or redifne a course development timeline. Impractical promises will lead to encumbrance to the team and might end up with trying to save face with the client.
Although not really new, this authoring process chaperons the entire development process to achieve the desired level of learning & motivation, client communication and project management.