eLearning has now become the most preferred option for all kinds of learners mainly for its quick and easy learning methods, user-friendly interface, flexibility etc. among many others. Every new avenue that could remotely bring in a change in the way people live and operate will soon be shoveled for innovations and eventually pillaged to make the best of what it has to offer and eLearning is no exception. Every university, learning institute, business enterprise or even a small start-up for that matter is now moving on to eLearning methods to train their students/employees saving aplenty on time and resources. Let us now look at a few points that could help you create better eLearning content.
Define your goals
Every e-content will have its learning objects and it is important to not stray from those goals. Define in advance your learning objectives and map out a clear chart of the concepts to be covered in each slide. This helps you create a highly organized and motivated content there by enabling your students to benefit better and to gain a complete learning experience.
Use clear, concise text
It is important to categorize what is relevant to the subject and what is not. The content should be clear, concise and to the point avoiding diversions and ramblings about concepts that are in no way useful to the subject. Remember less is more and simple is efficient.
Graphics and media helps
The mundane black and grey of text will make your eLearning website look dull and unattractive and in no way will help you in achieving the learning goals. By introducing color themes, high definition images that supplements the content, videos enabling better understanding, opinions of experts, bar charts and graphs, graphic representations, etc. we can hope to create better and easily understandable content.
It is also very important to embed links wherever required to provide an opportunity for the learner to better understand the concepts. Additional reading always helps in grasping the topic under discussion faster.
Limit time for every slide
Time is a crucial concept when it comes to online content. No one will be interested to scroll down long and lengthy paragraphs even if it is for pleasure reading. eLearning content should be timed to keep in hold the learner’s limited attention span. Dilute and simplify concepts limiting time to seconds and you will have designed an effective eLearning system.
Aesthetically appealing and intellectually stimulating
Looks matter; more so when it comes to creating eLearning content. Remember, people are here to scroll down/ click pages and pages of content and as dull as it may sound, the only way to keep them engaged is to make the page look very interesting and easy to navigate all the while never once compromising on the explanations of the concept.
Reinforce and recap
This is the most important point to keep in mind while designing eLearning content. By frequently reinforcing the points, the learner registers them better and by recapping at the end and beginning of every session, their recall ability improves thereby increasing the efficiency of the eLearning content.It also helps to design a self-assessment section at the end of sessions.
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