e-Learning vs. Great e-Learning: What Makes the Difference?

There’s e-learning, and then there’s great e-learning. We all know that there is a difference, but it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what the differences are. When done well, e-learning can be effective and knowledge-boosting. However, when it is not executed well, it becomes a tedious task with little to no knowledge retention. By incorporating the best features available to support the educational material,  e-learning courses can be an impactful and effective learning method. So read on to learn how to take your e-learning from average to awesome!

Where E-Learning Goes Wrong

Many e-learning design programs allow you to import files and content directly from Microsoft PowerPoint files. Talk about boring! Pulling a PowerPoint into a video platform is taking a shortcut and missing the real opportunity. For e-learning to be great, you must take advantage of the opportunities that video platforms offer.

How to Make E-Learning Great

Plan Appropriately — In order for e-learning to be truly effective it must be well thought out and carefully executed. It is not a place to just throw something together and hope for the best.

Don’t Get Carried Away — Adding interactive elements like simulations, drag-and-drop activities, and gamification elements can really help engage viewers. But it is important not to overdo it. You want to engage the audience with the information not confuse and overwhelm them with too many bells and whistles.

Clean and Clear —Aim for a clean design and simple navigation that makes it easy for your learners to navigate the course. The interface should crisp and consistent. Remember, you want learners to be challenged by what they are learning, not by the layout of the course.

  • Unifying Content Theme — If applicable, make use of a unifying theme in the content. Setting up a real-life scenario that learners can believe in will go a long way in them retaining and implementing the information in the course of their job. We’ve all been at a conference where the instructor engages the audience in a role-playing scenario. Think of this like video role-playing and make it interesting.
  • Add Interest — When used appropriately, multimedia elements can take your e-learning to the next level. Carefully using animations, video or audio can help illustrate difficult scenarios or tough-to-digest data. But just like with interactive elements, don’t overdo it. Use of multimedia should support the content, not detract from it.
  • Checks and Balances — Have you even taken an e-learning course where you’ve felt like you were endlessly reading and clicking through infinite info? You probably got bored and annoyed. But smart use of checks can help keep learners engaged. It is a great way to determine the time it takes learners to navigate a course, how much information they are digesting, and, if necessary, where to send them for more information.

These key tips will help you develop unique and effective e-learning courses that are impactful. Remember, the goal is great e-learning, not just OK e-learning. For more information on how to develop a stellar e-learning program, keep reading here.