Unveiling the Secrets of eLearning Development Success

Designing Digitally


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When something becomes popular, the market often quickly becomes saturated with inferior knock-offs. Elearning isn’t immune to this phenomenon, which makes it more important than ever to make sure that your eLearning development practices are sound. The desired results are effective training courses.

In a society where the selling point for almost everything is that it’s “quick and easy,” quality can get lost in the shuffle. There are some strategies that can ensure the product you’re putting out is a cut above.  

The secrets

Here are the eLearning development tips you need:

  • Assess the needs. Know the audience. Is the eLearning course for new employees to help integrate them into the company? Is it general training for the whole company or a specific department? Having a handle on your needs will streamline the process and eliminate superfluous content.  
  • Start with clear objectives. Clarify the desired outcomes of the training course before moving into the development phase. Being as explicit as possible from the outset will lessen the chances of any confusion or questions later that can add unnecessary time to the process.
  • Decide on the method of delivery. The best bet for the learners of today is to make the content available across multiple devices. Learning on the go is a benefit of eLearning that’s worth taking advantage of. Be sure that the materials can be viewed just as easily on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop as it is on a desktop.  
  • Keep it learner-centric. Always be challenging the learners. This keeps them engaged and interested. If the content is too hard or too easy, they can become frustrated or disinterested and shut down. Determine their comfortability with technology and keep that in mind as the course is being developed.
  • Make it interactive. Require more of the learners than just watching. Tie an activity to the video for users to complete after watching. It’ll reinforce the content and give the learner better recall of what they learned. For added educational benefit, make one of the activities collaborative. Conversing with peers will go a long way to increasing understanding and providing fuller comprehension of the material.
  • Stick to one topic. The video portions of an eLearning course should only cover one topic or chunk of information. This allows the learner to focus on understanding that one concept. It’s also more convenient for learning on the go, allowing users to fit it in where they can throughout their day.
  • Remember the importance of feedback and assessment. Getting feedback is vitally important to the learning process. It allows learners to see where they may have made mistakes right away, as opposed to waiting until the end or not at all. Being able to change course at the point a mistake was made is a powerful learning tool. An overall assessment at the end of an activity is necessary, as well. It’s important to monitor progress.

Keeping these eLearning development guidelines in mind will result in activities that are effective and engaging.

Designing Digitally, Inc. specializes in creating custom-built eLearning solutions that are tailored to meet the individual training needs of our clients.

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