In any eLearning module, you want to make the content as engaging as possible. That way it will motivate your learners and gain better retention and workplace application levels.
Typically, eLearning modules are revisited every two years to check they are still compliant and up to date.
But two years is a very long time in learning technology, and I can guarantee eLearning developers will look at something they created a few years ago and will have several ideas on how to improve it.
Especially since our learners are constantly consuming digital content in their personal lives through channels such as YouTube, Wikipedia or online news. All of these platforms are accessible, fast, and easy to use, and learners are now expecting the same level of efficiency and engagement from workplace eLearning. So, continuously reviewing your eLearning modules and the software used to make sure they’re up to scratch is vital for maintaining and improving engagement. If your eLearning is still hitting the mark, that’s great, but for those modules where its more about reading and page turning, here are some ideas to bring a fresh approach:
Is the software still relevant?
- For example, if you need the module to be accessed through mobile devices, check that your old software allows this – if not, then you might need to explore other options.
- If the module was built in old unsupported software, then now is the time to think about upgrading as you are likely to keep experiencing compatibility issues.
Is the interface (template) looking tired/out of date?
- Check that everything is still on brand, if not change it!
- If the navigation is either too complicated or too basic, then consider designing a new, user friendly template for the content to sit in.
- Look at the structure – is it still valid to force learners through a menu path, or is it now more appropriate to let them decide for themselves which parts of the learning to do first?
Learning styles – is the learning all ‘tell’?
- If it is, then good learning practice is to explain and then let them have a go so they can test their understanding. Think about going back to the instructional design to revamp it.
- Is the tone of the learning at the right level? Remember, adults want to learn new information, so don’t teach them something they already know.
Learners have short attention spans. Content must be to the point.
- Is the content just one long module or is it chunked into chapters or sections? Consider revisiting the content and dividing it into relevant sections to make it more bite-sized.
Is the content engaging?
There are many things you can do to refresh content, here are a few to consider:
- Game style interactions
- Personalised feedback
- Interactive test of understanding
- Simulation and demonstration
If your eLearning is a bit outdated and is no longer hitting the mark in terms of engagement, then these questions, tips, and approaches will help you on your way to revitalising your eLearning!
Alternatively, get in touch with us today for a free consultation, and see if our digital learning SOS are right for you and your learners.
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