Over the past few years, the world of learning has seen a paradigm shift in its dynamics. From the confines of the classroom, learning has stepped out and reached students in the virtual world.
Whether it is taking courses on computer while relaxing inside the comforts of your house or taking an online course on your mobile when you are traveling, learning has opened up a whole new dimension for learners as well as course developers. Since the target of today’s learning is to teach a concept in as simple a manner as possible and within short time span, E-learning is the preferred choice. To match up to this latest and budding trend, it is the E-learning developers who have to take up considerable amount of responsibility in ensuring effective learning courses are delivered.
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E-learning developers have to incorporate latest technology and tools along with a strong content strategy in providing learners an awesome learning experience. Their focus should be directed at developing courses that can engage and compel learners to actively take a course online. While doing these, there are certain factors that developers need to consider in order to ensure effective learning is offered to learners across the globe. Firstly, developers of E-learning courses need to keep in mind that the main idea behind online courses is of bringing learning to people rather than people to learning. In doing this, the developer needs to create a course that cuts instruction time by, say about 60%. This would result in smoother communication with the learner, ensuring fast learning as well.
While designing the course, the prime factor that should be kept in mind is that it needs to be informative. This lies at the basis of offering effective learning to students; however, there should be a balance of the text and graphics on screen. After all, the intention is to enlighten the learners with some new concept, rather than cramming them with massive amounts of information. So, offering information in small chunks that are presented in an interesting manner can account for effectual learning.
Just designing a page completely around content or singly around graphics can never aim for complete acceptance from learners; it has to be evenly distributed throughout the course. Arranging content into logical modules and including pictures or graphics to help explain the concepts, ideas or statements mentioned in the course, is essential. However, the design should be done in such an approach that doesn’t compel appearance to hinder the learning process. It should never be the goal of an elearning developer to mesmerize the learner with the design only. So, they have to strike the accurate balance before releasing the course online.
It is an age-old statement that learners tend to forget 90% of the content they learn, once the class is over. As a result, often classroom based learning fails to ensure proper knowledge retention for the learners. This is where the skills of the elearning developers come into action. They have to ensure that whatever information is being shared in presented in an entertaining manner. Notwithstanding the fact that a distinctly major part of the task has to be undertaken by the instructional designers who have to create the storyboard in an engaging style, developers have to take care of the presentation. So, the course has to be designed such a way that ensure learners retain the necessary amount of information, without getting annoyed.
There is another advantage associated with elearning; re-attending classes whenever required. After all, whenever a learner feels the necessity to go through a particular lesson, he/she can take the online course, as opposed to classroom based training which doesn’t allow the same. Even if learners want to go through a particular segment of a lesson, it is not always possible in case of CBTs. Due to this benefit of online courses, developers have to ensure that the course is designed and developed in such an attractive way that motivates learners to go through the course again and again, if needed. After all, a course that infuses feelings of irritation within learners cannot be considered to be an ideal one.
Another vital purpose of any elearning course is that the information offered in the course should be applicable. A course needs to be designed around certain skills sets or information that the learner can implement right after taking the course. For this an interesting mix of content and simulations are vital. It is due to this possibility of immediate implementation, elearning can be considered to work at times better than classroom-based training. As per a research conducted by United States Dept of Education, 59 percentile of learners have scored higher on standardized tests, in comparison to classroom learners where the percentile of high scorers reached 50. This clearly points out that elearning courses have acted beneficial to a large number of learners across the globe.
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Learning some concept online mainly depends on how engaging and interactive the courses are. Since there is no teacher involved in the process of knowledge transfer, interactivity plays a crucial role in ensuring effective communication is established. For this, the navigational keys and the interface must be designed to exude user-friendliness. Developers have to make sure the entire course becomes highly interactive incorporating suitable media elements, simulations, case-studies, FAQs, knowledge checks and so on.
Thus, these are the major factors that elearning developers need to consider in order to present an effective elearning course to learners. Only when these are followed carefully and accurately, developers can assure of delivering remarkable online courses. These online courses have its share of advantages when compared to classroom based training. These are scalability, consistent communication of information and message, flexible medium of studying that is not restricted to some fixed hours, time and money savings and many more. In addition to this, elearning is more eco-friendly than CBT (Classroom based trainings), which requires use of numerous amount of paper. In order to take advantage of all these benefits, many organizations are taking to elearning and hiring developers who can develop quality online courses for learners throughout the world.
• Here is a video from ‘FacilitadorTube’ on “E-learning: How to deliver an engaging Virtual Classroom presentation.”
What’s your effective e-learning strategies as a developer? Do share your views in the comment section, we’ll be glad to hear from you.