eLearning Starter Guide

1. Use learning objectives

A clear learning objective is a must-have. Before you do anything else, start by setting a SMART goal for your course or assessment. What will your learners know or be able to do after they have completed your course? Your course’s goal helps you define one or more specific learning objectives.

2. Create courses following the right order

The right order for creating high-impact courses is:

1. Set your goals and objectives.
2. Determine how to assess these goals and objectives (create questions and activities).
3. Create content that’s relevant to your questions (helping your learners answer the questions).

3. Use various course templates to beat the forgetting curve

Repetition is the key to retaining knowledge. Therefore, the most effective courses are not lengthy, one-time sessions, but a series of small, repetitive units offered over time. This means providing learners with opportunities to repeat the learning in different forms. Varying your course templates can help you achieve the most effective educational structure.

4. E-learning design: bite-size is the right size

When it comes to e-learning design, big things come in small packages. Avoid designing courses or assessments that are too large for people to easily digest.

As a guideline, aim for a course length of five to 15 minutes. If you cannot reach your learning goal within 30 minutes, split it into multiple learning objectives or use a learning path (create a series of courses).

Use short paragraphs and sentences and get straight to the point. Ideally, no more than 25% of your sentences should exceed 20 words.

5. Use basic writing rules

•  Know your audience.
•  Have a clear goal.
•  Put the key information up top, important details next and minor details last.
•  Write in short, simple sentences (30 words max).
•  Use the active voice.
•  Use images and videos if possible.
•  Always have your course reviewed before you publish it.

6. Build a feedback culture

Feedback is a powerful tool in your e-learning toolkit. Learners naturally want to know where they’re going wrong and find out how they can improve their performance. Take advantage of this by using test questions in your e-learning courses as an opportunity for offering feedback.

Always make sure your learners understand why the content is important and offer extensive feedback whenever they answer questions incorrectly.

The feedback culture also shouldn’t be limited to your learners. Authoring tools, including Easygenerator, enable you to seamlessly collaborate with colleagues and subject matter experts or request feedback, via comments, notifications, and co-authoring. Ultimately ensuring your content is up to date, effective, and didactically-sound.