Developing an E-learning module has never been easy. No matter even if you have all the latest E-learning authoring tools the probability of something going wrong is always there. Thus, it’s only natural that eLearning professionals might forget one or two things along the way. Even after all the hurdles the developers primary objective is to come out with the most effective content and ensuring that they add value to the audience or the learners. With this article I will try to list down few instructional design elements that can be used at the time of developing your E-learning module. This can be used as a reference to ensure that things are in place.
Listing down few Instructional Design elements to include in your module:
Navigating the module: This applies to all the aspect of your E-learning course design starting right from receiving the content requirement from the client to delivering the module. E-learning course should be designed with the intention of providing a hassle-free access to its learners. To ensure things are in place one must include convenient navigation which includes menus with instructions, links or any other aspects that makes it easier for the learners to navigate the module as required.
Adding relevant Images for reference: Current generations of learners are more comfortable with the online learning that has several multimedia elements added to it. With the addition of videos, images and all the relevant multimedia it makes the module even more engaging and increases the learners’ engagement and motivation, which helps in better retention and recall. E-learning module without multimedia becomes less effective and lifeless so make sure to add some relevant photos, diagrams or a mix of all the multimedia elements.
E-learning test and assessments: Most of the organization today are facing challenges in terms of keeping a track of the progress level of their employees. With the help of these assessments, it makes it easier to measure the learners’ performance and see if they are heading the right way. This will also provide learners with their progress level and identify the areas of improvement.
Feedback for the employees: Developing an effective E-learning feedback system plays a significant role in making the module more effective. With this, online learners will get an idea of where they are going wrong and how can they rectify it using various available sources. This constructive feedback ensures that the mistakes committed by the learners do not turn into a regular habit.
Adding a virtual coach for the learners: Fictional characters can be beneficial as it helps them in getting the feel of dealing with the real-life scenarios. Learners are always comfortable when they are in touch with their mentor to get a quick clarification on the go. Close collaboration between the learner and the mentor keeps the training process simple, relatable and easy to learn and understand.
To give your learners a smooth experience make sure that the entire course is tested and the videos and multimedia added to it play without any hindrance from start till the end.
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