What Makes a Successful eLearning Course?

A large part of the world has been forced to quickly adapt to working and learning remotely. Teachers and employers have had to transition to a different way to communicate and educate. For almost two decades, eLearning modules have been a way to train, inform and teach in a very efficient way and many schools and businesses are now exploring these tools for the first time.

Evidence has shown that eLearning courses can actually be more effective for information retention rates and have been linked to some form of income increase for 42% of U.S. companies that utilize them.

But what makes a good eLearning course? The best example is one that achieves your goals of training, communicating, educating, engaging or all of the above. Here are a few suggestions on ways to enhance your eLearning module.

Maximize media

No one said your content needed to be stark or boring. You should use audio, video, live-action, close captions, subtitles, and graphics. Users tend to be more engaged when the content presented isn’t simply text. This is also a great way to distinguish yourself from other eLearning courses. Keep your users and get creative!

Minimize on-screen text

Try to be as efficient and concise with the text you display on the screen. If there is too much text, your audience may lose interest. Instead of having your audience read several paragraphs, why not use a video to show the same material? Or perhaps some creative graphics? If you are going to have a lot of on-screen text, think about perhaps using a narrator to read it as well. Having your audience listen to the narrator while reading the material will increase the chance of them retaining the information.

Use humor

Humor has always been an excellent way to get (and keep) your audience engaged. It may not work in all situations or with all types of content, but even small doses will help your audience remember your material and enjoy the experience as well. Just be careful that your humor does not offend or alienate anyone. Keep your audience in mind when it comes to the frequency and type of humor being used.

Manage content length

It’s always good to alternate between small pieces of content followed by a short quiz (only a few questions). You can repeat that pattern and then do a comprehensive quiz or test at the end. By breaking up the learning material into smaller segments and then testing their knowledge, your audience won’t get overwhelmed by a constant stream of new topics being thrown at them.

Handling updates

Professional software like Articulate, Captivate, and Lectora will make updates a breeze. They can support changing small pieces of text to swapping graphics or media in and out. Some tools even allow you to track changes and create a review cycle if other members or your team need to weigh in. It can get costly to make updates to live-action videos or narration so try making those pieces that you will update less frequently. If that isn’t possible, consider making those pieces text or graphics.

Consider translation

If you have employees or customers around the world, it might be a good idea to have your eLearning module translated. This can ensure that, regardless of market or language, each user will be receiving the same information. Professional eLearning software will allow you to export files to share with your translation provider so you can translate your course into as many different languages as you need. Your provider will be able to help translate all aspects of your course, from on-screen text and graphics to narration and subtitles.

eLearning is the future

Whether you’re developing an eLearning course to help students with a new topic or to provide employees with vital new information, the importance and effectiveness of this teaching method can’t be overstated. Make sure you’re doing your best to make it a good experience for your users.

Have an eLearning course that needs translating? The team at Argo is ready to help. Contact us today to find out how we can help you take your content to the next level.

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