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/Kerry Pascall Three eLearning basics you can't ignore

I’m lucky to work with organisations in a wide range of industries and see a huge amount of eLearning every day. From beautifully designed games to brilliant new integrated media, I’m excited by the possibilities, but in the strive to innovate, sometimes the basics can be overlooked.

In my research, there are three stand-out issues which should be business as usual but are often forgotten. You are unlikely to have a successful learning module which delivers on the business objectives if you are making these mistakes.

Instructional Decline

The way learning is designed and structured has a huge impact Design -Decline -Graphon how well learners are able to understand and retain information, meaning that good Instructional Design is vital to your eLearning’s success. A good course should maximise learning retention using a variety of methods such as chunking the content, taking adult learning principles into account and ensuring the content and context is relevant, meaningful and reflects the real workplace.

By comparison, if the structure or flow of your eLearning is illogical, the content not pitched at the right level, or is so far removed from how they can apply the learning to their own roles, then learners will find it more difficult to absorb the information and may become disengaged.

The red X

“Incorrect: Next question.”Red -X

Nothing inhibits learners more than being told that they got an answer wrong without being told why. After all, how can they hope to progress without understanding how to improve? In spite of this, lots of eLearning content does not provide full and informative feedback when learners get answers incorrect.

Of course, this isn’t always appropriate, such as during formal marked assessments where feedback cannot be shown.  That said, in tests of understanding or informal assessments with unlimited retries, it’s easy to spot instances when learners have been given inadequate feedback. If the test or assessment has far higher retake rates than similar modules, it’s likely to mean that learners aren’t receiving the opportunity to improve their performance between sittings.

Data drought

Larger organisations may have hundreds or even thousands of employees undertaking learning each year and this represents a significant investment. It’s therefore vital to understand if the learning has had a positive impact to the business.  Many organisations host their eLearning on a Learning Management System, which tracks granular detail such as results, but many aren’t tapping into this valuable information.

From a strategic view, results tracked – for example from formal or informal assessment, can enable the organisation to understand how the learning has impacted the business and this can also help to calculate an accurate ROI. From a learning design perspective, gathering this data also enables continuous improvement of quality and insights on the skill and knowledge levels of the audience.

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Kerry

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!

Copyright © 2017 Bray Leino Learning

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!

Copyright © 2017 Bray Leino Learning

- See more at: /blog/2014/march/12/elearning-flow-chart/#sthash.wodL7fZl.dpuf

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!

Copyright © 2017 Bray Leino Learning

- See more at: /blog/2014/march/12/elearning-flow-chart/#sthash.wodL7fZl.dpuf

Kerry Pascall

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!

Copyright © 2017 Bray Leino Learning

- See more at: /blog/2014/march/12/elearning-flow-chart/#sthash.wodL7fZl.dpuf

Kerry Pascall

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!

Copyright © 2017 Bray Leino Learning

- See more at: /blog/2014/march/12/elearning-flow-chart/#sthash.xdEt59fQ.dpuf

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