The anatomy of a modern and effective eLearning course

If you’re an eLearning professional and want to create a modern and effective learning course, then you need to get your hands on a Learning Management System (LMS). Using an LMS, you can set up an employee training system that provides employees an opportunity for self-directed learning.
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Your employees are hungry to grow and hence you must provide them with the best training that can help them advance in their careers. You may have a plethora of eLearning courses for employees working in different fields, but how do you know if it is effective? While designing eLearning courses, you need to take into account the demographic profile of your employees and understand what works and doesn’t work for them. You need to consider the needs and requirements of modern learners who are looking for digital solutions.

In this article, we will tell you how to create a modern and effective eLearning course by studying the anatomy of an eLearning course.  

  • User-friendly interface-

A user-friendly interface of an LMS enables employees to thoroughly understand the features and optimally use the eLearning platform. The interface should cater to the needs of both desktop and mobile device users.

The following are the attributes of a user-friendly interface:

  • All the information is properly organized on the dashboard so that the platform looks less cluttered.
  • Layout consistency, search functionality, easy backtracking, and customizable shortcuts. 
  • Mobile UX is in conjunction with web UX that is, the buttons or tabs are visible, the text is legible and navigation is simple.
  • For learners with disabilities, proper tools and technologies are in place that aid in smooth navigation.
  • Wise usage of color for the LMS platform that showcases your brand. 
  • Split-screen viewing mode allows users to multitask while using the LMS.

When an LMS amalgamates good UI with UX, employees are bound to finish their eLearning courses. 

  • Social elements-

Many organizations’ L&D teams are under the wrong impression that employees want to learn alone. Thus, such organizations fail to satisfy their employees and end up losing talented resources.

Remember, man is a social animal and by no chance, he can survive without interacting with others. Your employees need people with whom they can build professional and personal relationships. 

The modern learners belonging to generation Z are active social media users. They love to interact and speak with their loved ones and share their ideas on social media platforms. Hence, a modern eLearning course offers opportunities for employees to communicate and collaborate with their colleagues and team managers through emails, chats, and other social elements.

Make sure your LMS has the following inbuilt social learning features to help employees connect:

  • Web conferencing
  • Discussion forums
  • Private chat rooms
  • Descriptive yet relevant content-

The eLearning content is the backbone of an online training course. It is the content that decides the success or failure of the entire course. 

Throwing up too much information overwhelms employees. It’s not that they don’t want good learning resources, but excessive information can often strain minds. Hence, you need to ensure that relevant content is at employees’ disposal.

Decide what employees need to know first, second, third, fourth, and so on. For instance, as a new employee is inducted, firstly, provide them with onboarding resources, secondly, provide compliance training learning material, thirdly, job-related course material, and so on. 

  • Offline access to content-

Poor internet connectivity, limited internet data usage availability, and frequent power cuts are potential barriers to learning. You shouldn’t allow these barriers to affect the flow and efficiency of your employees. Hence, make sure the LMS you’ve invested in provides offline viewing of content.

Offline course access allows employees to learn while traveling, and make use of resources in remote locations. This offers greater flexibility to employees who can study at their own pace without worrying about the internet or mobile data. 

Some LMS providers have created offline apps that facilitate effective interaction between employees and the eLearning courses even when the former is offline. For instance, they can chat, view eLearning resources, take important notes, and complete assessments.

  • Use of multimedia-

Multimedia usage results in building intuitive eLearning courses and reduces mental fatigue. Multimedia like videos, audio, podcasts, infographics, animations, etc, can help employees learn faster and easier. 

  • Pre-recorded course videos are best for employees who are unable to attend live classes. Visual content creates a long-lasting impression on the human brain and enables them to retain information for longer periods.
  • Animated videos are suitable for designing onboarding courses for new hires. It aids in understanding complex information easily.
  • Podcasts and audio recordings work well for auditory learners. Employees can listen to podcasts while cooking, having dinner, or traveling on a bus.
  • Gamification features-

An eLearning course with gamification features provides intrinsic motivation through extrinsic motivation tools (like a reward). An LMS considers the completion of an eLearning course as achieving a milestone. Employees who touch these milestones are showered with amazing rewards that include virtual trophies, badges, coins, and so on.

Gamification requires a lot of planning and research. Simply rewarding employees with points or badges isn’t sufficient. You need to gamify every feature of the eLearning course to incite healthy competition among employees. Gamify eLearning courses and assessments by creating different levels. For example, level 1 (easy), level 2 (moderate), level 3 (difficult) and level 4 (very difficult). 

  • Instant feedback-

Feedback is a very important component of effective learning. Honest and genuine feedback motivates employees to perform better by working on strengths and weaknesses.

In an online training environment, feedback becomes more critical as the learner and the eLearning professional are physically and geographically separated.

An LMS provides automated and instant feedback to employees about:

  • Completed and pending eLearning courses
  • Online training assessments attempted to date
  • Score or grades in online training assessments
  • eLearning projects and assignments completed and submitted
  • Strengths, and weaknesses, i.e., areas that need improvement

 

  • Simple, clear, and understandable language-

Excessive usage of jargon or technical terms can make employees run away. Difficult words can make learning more time-consuming. The employees will spend more time googling the meaning of the terms rather than productively studying. Also, using a language that is beyond their understanding, can act as a hurdle in completing courses.

Simple, clean, and understandable language makes learning easier for employees. Using familiar words and terms can help them understand concepts deeply. Also, a multilingual LMS can help employees who speak, read, and write a different language to grasp content effortlessly. 

  • Mobile accessibility-

Since mobile users are increasing rapidly, you need to ensure that the eLearning courses can be easily viewed on a 6-inch screen without compromising on the quality of graphics and visuals.

Mobile learning gives employees the opportunity to learn at any time and eliminates the need to be physically present near their desktop table. It offers comfort, convenience, and flexibility which cannot be ignored. 

Conclusion-

We hope our anatomy of a modern and effective eLearning course will help you develop intuitive and engaging eLearning courses to build a future-ready workforce.