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Kerry Pascall What does effective eLearning look like?

We often get asked what effective e-learning looks like, so here are some general guidelines on what to include in order to create the most engaging and results-orientated e-learning you can. Please note, this list is not intended to appear in order of importance and is not exhaustive.

General Guidelines 

  • Balance the level of design time and attention spent on the learners experience and that spent on making sure the content is complete
  • Provide tasks of “approachable difficulty” (Michael Allen - The essence of good design)
  • The design should ensure that delegates are active participants
  • Opportunities to practice should be maximisedWhat Does Effective E Learning Look Like
  • Delegates should not be told or presented information if it is likely that they already know that information
  • Maximise use of pictures, graphics, audio and animation within specified memory limits
  • The duration of the course should be chunked into bite sized modules
  • Any jargon, abbreviations, acronyms etc. should always be defined within the course itself
  • Courses should revisit objectives at strategic points throughout the training
  • All navigation instructions are explained very clearly to the user within the e-learning course
  • The user is never forced to guess what they should be doing. All instructions are explained very clearly to the delegate
  • All courses should follow a logical progression or flow. If alternative routes are available these routes should complement the logical flow of the training
  • Questions and other forms of test should be incorporated regularly throughout the design in addition to any proof of learning in order to aid user understanding and to maximise interactivity
  • When any form of question is asked, correct feedback should be provided in response to both correct and incorrect responses.  This is to ensure accurate understanding has been transferred to the learner
  • Where applicable, courses should provide delegates with an opportunity to learn from their mistakes
  • Feedback should always reinforce the correct response, answer etc.

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Kerry Pascall, Head of Digital Learning, Bray Leino Learning

In my series of blogs you can expect some tips on implementing eLearning, what to consider when commissioning eLearning, design tips, software and authoring pro’s and con’s, and general advice on everything eLearning!

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