We know today’s students are distracted. Texts need answering. Emails need replies. Besides that, students drown in content. Consider breaking courses into bite-size chunks. Provide little lessons for students.
Integrating multimedia into your eLearning courses engages learners, but the latest research indicates too much interactivity may frustrate your learners. In the hands of a skilled developer, multimedia interaction positively impacts knowledge transfer. Course navigation menus appear and disappear when needed, creating screen space.
With today’s new technology, it is tempting to add sparkle and glitz to an eLearning course. But as the saying goes, not everything that glitters is gold. Deciding if and when to use new technology can be tricky. Here are four factors to consider. Relevance The general rule of thumb is only use new technology, like games or AR/VR, if it adds meaning to an eLearning course. When creating a module, ask what would help the learner meet the objective. If a simple diagram works, use that. If a learner has to demonstrate mastery of knowledge, such as a process, new technology may be the most effective. The key is to consider the learner. What does the learner need in order to be successful? Possibilities When looking to add technology, there is an ever-increasing range of possibilities. However, not all options are appropriate for every module. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type of new technology. For example, creating virtual reality (VR) could be very expensive. It may also be hard for an older learner [...]
As more learning becomes digital, the mysteries of instructional design unfold. Luckily, the secrets to developing a great online course follow a logical process. But before developing an online course, there are several wh-questions to ask. These questions determine who the course is for, why the course is needed, and so on. The answers to the wh-questions will differ for each developed course, but the steps for developing each e-course will follow the same basic pattern. Analyzing your online course objective(s) Once an online course objective has been decided, it must be analyzed. Breaking the course into manageable chunks will give the online course structure. One pitfall of chunking a concept is to make the pieces too large. Each chunk should be small enough for a learner to cover in one module. This may mean dividing chunks into smaller pieces. Revision may be necessary along the way. Assembling the online course development team Developing an online course requires a team of experts. These include subject matter experts, instructional designers, project managers, graphic [...]
Most colleges are creating online courses that serve the learners’ needs for flexibility and convenience. A positive partnership between an instructional designer, or ID, and a subject matter expert, or SME, can lead to a dynamic online course. It’s all about teamwork! Are you facing challenges, such as limited resources and time constraints to create an online course? What about faculty buy-in? Developing an online course involves more than moving textbook content to slides. It also involves understanding how to engage a learner online. Sometimes faculty don’t understand the role and contribution of an instructional designer. IDs work with SMEs to create engaging and interactive online courses. But, most importantly, it is the SMEs who have the expertise to bring meaning to it. Therefore, partnering a SME with an ID will result in an effective and engaging online course that serves the learner. Here are some best practices that will ensure a successful partnership: Create a good match Partnering a SME with an ID who has expertise in the same area will strengthen the partnership. They [...]
Online learning is not only popular for college courses, it's an equally important part of high school learning. A critical part of developing an engaging eLearning course is to understand what motivates the learner; in this case it is the high school student. We can describe a high school student's learning profile using these 6 characteristics. Critical thinker Goal setter Engages in self-reflection Prefers active over passive learning Highly curious thinker Seeks connections The first goal of the beginning of an eLearning course is to grab the learner's attention. If the learner is initially hooked, it’s easier to keep their attention. Here are 3 ways to trigger your high school student’s attention. Download the infographic, 8 Factors that Lead to an Engaging eLearning Course 1. Increase interactivity in eLearning To spark your student’s interest, incorporate interactive elements that will help them drive their learning. Instead of having a slide progress automatically, include a feature that will allow students to drag, drop, and hover. This will trigger your student to stay alert and involved in the [...]
This is the third installment in a four-part blog series about authentic learning experiences. In the first part we focused on what authentic learning is. The second part looked at how to develop authentic learning experiences. This post shows you how to integrate these learning experiences into your existing curriculum. Authentic learning sounds great in theory. Who wouldn’t want to give students real-world practice with what they’re learning? You’re just having trouble figuring out how you can incorporate it into your curriculum. It may seem overwhelming. These suggestions will show you just how easy it is to incorporate authentic learning into any curriculum. You may have already integrated it in your course design. Videos You can use videos to show students exemplars of procedures and techniques they’ve learned. You can stop videos at specific instances to ask students pointed questions. The videos guide your discussion and help students see a visual representation of what they’re learning Additionally, videos can also allow students to show rather than tell their learning. They have the opportunity to put the [...]
The world of health sciences is vast and becomes even larger when content goes online. The number of courses offered online is daunting. That volume, however, does not always equate to quality. The challenge is to find the courses that offer the highest-quality learning experiences. So, how does one sift through the mountain of online learning opportunities? The Need for Curated Online Courses The solution is an easily accessible, peer-reviewed list of available online courses. These curated courses meet a very real need and can lessen some of the pressure on those in the educational world. Curated courses provide educators the assurance that they are providing high-quality online learning experiences to their students. These courses also prepare students for many careers, including health care. Public Health Learning Navigator and Other Resources One of the most exciting resources available is the Public Health Learning Navigator. This online database is a cornucopia of online courses. Courses are nominated by educators and developers, and then subjected to a peer review. The review process includes a high level of scrutiny [...]