8 eLearning Best Practices

Educators have many options as they work to provide exceptional e-learning environments. But, the range of tools and methods can be a little confusing or overwhelming at times. Here are some leading eLearning best practices that are worth considering for your organization.

Get the right learning content management system (LCMS).

You’re asking for trouble if you hastily sign up for the wrong LCMS. You will have problems down the road with instructors, content tools, student comprehension, and more. Make sure your LCMS makes sense for your organization.

Consistency is a must.

When it comes to design, consistency is one of the absolutes. You can introduce something fresh along the way, but overall continuity in design helps students know what to expect and how to work within an e-learning environment. 

Format the text so it’s easy to read.

You don’t want to display too many words over an exceptionally long column. Break the content into narrower columns. Also, you don’t need to fit all of the content on the same page. Give students the essential information and guide them to where they should go for more details.

Know who you’re targeting.

Ask yourself questions to better understand your students. What technical skills are they expected to have already? How old are they? What is the resolution on their computer monitors? Think ahead and know what to expect.

Review your navigation and get second and third opinions.

Your navigation can make e-learning a big hit or frustrate anyone who is trying to absorb what you’re teaching. Is the navigation easy and intuitive? Are forward/back buttons easy to find and use? Can readers see text links without a problem? These are important things you should be considering.

Prepare for synchronous e-learning. 

Provide ample time to practice before going live. When synchronous training is underway, be sure to have another computer operating so you can know what the students are seeing on their end.

Make sure students get the most out of e-learning.

Your e-learning products should make it easy for students to track their progress and work through courses at their own pace. Clearly present the objectives for each assignment.

Encourage students. 

When it comes down to it, e-learning is all about relationships. Your e-learning system should encourage interaction, including multiple options for instructors and students to communicate. Instructors should know the students by name and provide positive feedback along the way.

It’s clear that these e-learning best practices rely heavily on planning ahead with the right people and tools. And, even after everything is in place, you should be open to making some adjustments. After all, the most effective e-learning environments will accommodate changes that benefit from new thinking and evolving technologies.

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