At workplaces whenever an e-learning course is launched there is not enough motivation for the learners to complete it as it is associated with boredom, information overload and unappealing presentation style. So what are the various factors which have led to the creation of this perception and in what all ways can your e-learning course go wrong?

As an e-learning custom content development company, which is specializing into workplace learning it is our endeavor to provide clients with e-learning solutions which their learners will enjoy and keep coming back for more. One of the ways in which we do it is to avoid all the ways in which workplace e-learning can go wrong.In this blog, I have listed down seven such important ways in which your e-learning can go wrong and how to overcome them.

1.Poor Design And Visual Appeal

Elearning modules can suffer heavily if the e-learning layout,  visual design and navigation is not proper.Having a good visual appeal can grab the learners attention and increase the interest of the learners. Even the right use of color scheme can be an important factor in creating the visual appeal of the module.

2.Too Much Content

When it comes to elearning, the content should be presented in a very concise manner. Many time the source material or content draft is poorly written, poorly researched and is confusing. In an e-learning module with a seat time of 60 minutes the learners can’t absorb all the information at once which can hamper the learning experience.  However this does not mean that an e-learning module cannot be having a run time of sixty minutes. The idea is to design the flow of content in a manner which can aid the easy retention and recall of the learning content. Spending time to organize and chunk the content properly before working on the instructional design document is crucial as word documents are easier to change than e-learning content!

3.Lack Of Interactivity

With a simple click through in an e-learning course, the learners will not be motivated  enough as it is like a one way communication. Interactivity in e-learning will help the learners to understand the subject matter clearly and also spent times on areas which are important. E-learning interactions may be in the form of assessments, simulations, elearning branching scenarios, interactive videos etc.

Without interactivity, the modules lack the WoW feel in it.

4.Lack Of Learner Centricity

Designing an e-learning module without identifying the learner’s learning needs can be a big disaster. This is what we mean by lack of learner centricity. For example while designing an e-learning course for blue collared workers their learning mindset and pattern has to be kept under consideration. They might not like to read a lot of content instead may prefer more of visual imagery. Similarly if you are designing an e-learning module for the top management, the content has to be used in a way that it sounds practical and “does not give a feeling of being lectured”.

5.Missing The Learning Objective/s

Every elearning modules are made with a definite learning objective to be achieved by the learners.
An elearning module can look amazing with great graphics, animations and other fun elements of interactivity but it can never guarantee success unless the learning objectives are properly met while designing the e-learning module .

6No Clear Communication Of E-Learning Goals 

Expectations for e-learning projects can often become unrealistic or distorted, if the communication between the e-learning development team and the stakeholders regarding  budget, quality of the outcome, deadlines etc  is poor.Clear and realistic communication can resolve this issue.

7. E-Learning Implementation Is Not The End 

In some organization, it’s seen that the learners are  averse in adapting to the new technology and hence e-learning requires a gentle push among the learners.By just implementing an elearning course, the management can’t expect the learners to be self-motivated to attend the course. Sometimes the companies might require to push the learners a little bit to start experiencing the elearning modules.

So these were the seven ways in which your e-learning course can go wrong! So what has been your experience in designing and implementing e-learning? We would love to hear your comments.