There are several factors that should be considered when creating e-learning which is why we have established a helpful guide of e-learning dos and don’ts.
As a training provider:
Reuse material if you believe it is suitable for e-learning
When it comes to e-learning content, you may already have certain items that could be reused which is acceptable, however, you should be aware that some changes will most likely be required to guarantee that it is suitable for e-learning.
For instance, you might create a PowerPoint presentation that covers the majority of the material for one portion of the course. Consider that you will need to reorganise your PowerPoint to make it suitable for use in an e-learning setting.
To make it more suitable for e-learning, perhaps a voice-over might be added, some preliminary reading advised, and some evaluation questions employed.
Use appropriate language
When talking to learners, ensure to use appropriate language and consider incorporating some wit and personality into the material. This can make an e-learning course more interesting! You should also try to:
- avoid using culturally specific terminology, colloquialisms, and examples while speaking to a multicultural audience.
- avoid jargon.
- recognise that many students are not native English speakers.
- try not to use complex sentences very often. When you notice a colon or semicolon, look at the sentence to see whether it can be simplified and clarified by splitting it up into shorter sentences.
- when referring to students, use personal pronouns (e.g., “you”). This individualises teaching and engages your reader.
- use non-sexist terminology that is gender inclusive.
Put aside time to create the e-learning content
It takes a substantial amount of effort to create an interesting and successful e-learning course. It is essential that ample time is allotted to the resource’s planning, preparation, and production. Before making the material available to consumers, it should be fully finished.
Make the content unnecessarily complex
For many e-learners, it is important for the content to be straight to the point and easy to understand so they are able to complete the material quickly and continue with other important tasks. Therefore, when creating e-learning courses, ensure to keep sentences short and snappy as this will make it easier for e-learners to understand and complete.
Go off topic
If the content in the e-learning course does not contribute to the goals stated at the outset, it should be excluded. It is important that the information remains focused and does not stray into other areas that may cause learners to disconnect with the subject.
Get distracted by technology
When using an e-learning resource, it is easy to become side-tracked by the technology utilised to deliver the information. Remember that technology is only the medium which information is delivered. In the design and delivery of the course, education should remain the top emphasis.
As a learner:
Focus on learning
The first and most essential thing you can do as an e-learner is to change your attitude about studying.
Here are some basic strategies to enhance your study mindset:
- Avoid negative thinking and always look for the bright side of a problem.
- Always think optimistically when studying, and if you’re not feeling good, take a break and do something else until your mentality changes.
- Don’t compare yourself to others, whether pupils or classmates, because doing so has never helped anybody achieve.
Have a consistent internet connection
When studying online, consider your computer and internet access to be equally as crucial as the actual environment in a traditional classroom.
Would you be able to study efficiently if you didn’t have notebooks, textbooks, pencils, paper, or a chair to sit in? Then you should consider your internet connectivity to be just as important. Prepare this before you begin studying so that you don’t have any distractions if the internet goes down in the middle of your study session.
Take regular breaks
Taking frequent study breaks is essential for any student’s performance, but it is especially important for the e-learner. When learners are at college or school, breaks are already arranged for them; but, when they are forced to create their own schedules, they might lose sight of how crucial they are.
Set aside some time for minor study breaks and plan for them. After that, every couple of hours, you can add a longer break of 30 minutes or more. These will not only serve as excellent goalposts for you to strive towards, but they will also help you feel refreshed and revitalised for your next study session.
Be hesitant to ask for help
Being an e-learner may often seem alienating as instead of being able to engage face to face with other students and speak directly to your teacher for assistance, you can only talk through a screen.
Most reputable e-learning providers will have a variety of contact tools in place to keep you in touch with students and teachers. Therefore, you should take advantage of discussion forums, emails, and group settings whenever possible.
Study where you could be distracted
One of the biggest advantages of online learning is that you can do it from almost anywhere. However, you must still be selective about where you study. Any environment with distractions, such as a TV room or a loud cafeteria, is unlikely to be appropriate for studying.
If you are regularly on the move, you should consider different ways of studying. For example, every day, read your notes on the train trip home, save online quizzes and assessments for when you’re at home and at your work, and view instructional films when you have your headphones on. As an e-learner, you have a multitude of options for where and when you study, so make the most of them.
When opposed to individuals who attend college or training seminars, who have everything planned out for them so they know where and when they’ll be studying new modules, e-learners can sometimes feel left to their own devices when it comes to organising a study schedule.
It is essential for e-learners to take some time each day to evaluate their schedules and responsibilities. When you start your study session, plan out the modules to the best of your abilities. Then, alter them each day and week to fit your availability. Maintain a daily checklist of what you intend to do and a clear schedule of when assignments are due. Nobody will accomplish this for you as an e-learner, therefore you must acquire excellent organisational abilities for yourself.
At Lothian Learning, we use our experience and knowledge to create bespoke and interactive e-learning products. Particularly for businesses who want to deliver efficient and creative learning environments to their staff.
This can range from pre-recorded content, videos, quizzes and other activities. We work closely with each business to create the type of e-learning products they are looking for. We work towards our common goal of helping employees get the most out of the modules and courses.
If you would like to work with us or have any questions, please get in touch.