Creating an Effective e-Learning

In a previous post we discussed making the most of your training content. One way to do so is through creating effective e-Learning courses as a form of continued training and development. Offering continuous learning opportunities for your teams is an important way to focus on their career development, the importance of which our Founder & President discussed in his most recent blog. Many companies choose to offer continuous learning opportunities and career development through e-Learning courses because they can be accessed and reviewed at the convenience of each individual with no trouble and, in most cases, refreshed when new information or topics are introduced.

However, the initial task of creating an e-Learning can be daunting. Questions may arise such as where do I start? How can I ensure it is effective? Is it too technical for me to do on my own? These questions can leave individuals confused and frustrated before they even start. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 3 important steps to follow when creating an e-Learning.

1.  Organize The Content

It is important to thoroughly review the content and consider the best methods of presenting it in an online format. Create an outline including topics and the allotted time for each topic. Keep in mind the type of learner who will be taking this training and consider what would work best for them. In an e-Learning, the individual is learning asynchronously (at their own pace and without being led by an instructor), thus certain concepts may require more time. This should be carefully considered when determining how in-depth to go on each topic without losing the learner.

2.  Determine How to Display The Content

E-Learnings should be motivating, engaging, and effective in order to optimize the learning outcomes. Simply cutting and pasting your face-to-face training content to create an e-Learning will not suffice. The use of gamification or short video clips and the ability to access the content on a mobile device are all key topics to consider. Interactivity helps maintain the users’ attention and promotes their learning.

Determine the best way to display each piece of information in the e-Learning. It may be a combination of written content supplemented with graphics, infographics, and links to outside readings. It could be content presented on slides with accompanying voiceover. Create a list of media, resources, and tools to include in each lesson. See the following article for more information on e-Learning trends.

3.  Create and Deliver

Thanks to the prevalence of technology, creating and delivering an e-Learning is no longer only for the technically advanced. You can create an e-Learning in relatively simple programs, like Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, or use more advanced software options, such as Articulate or Adobe Captivate. Another option is to choose a learning management system (LMS) that provides easy to use authoring and delivery software, typically at a price based on the number of subscriptions. Take a look at the lists of best LMS companies created by PC Mag and Capterra. The administrator features are easy to use and produce great results. In addition, many provide a client experience manager who helps adjust your content to be optimal for adult learners. You can determine your ideal LMS by considering what features are most important for your company and what fits within your training budget.

At SGEi, we can help you develop memorable, motivating, and effective e-Learnings that will increase your organizational learning and development. From creating content, to design, and even hosting your e-Learnings on our learning management system, we have you covered each step of the way. To learn more about our customized training and learning solutions, send us a quick note today.

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