What Makes Our eLearning Courses Great?

Are your eLearning courses GREAT or just good enough? With Sound Idea Digital, it’s guaranteed that your courses will do what they were intended to do: effectively educate the user. Here are 6 things we take into consideration when we design eLearning courses

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1. They’re goal orientated

Designing an eLearning course without a goal in mind leaves learners feeling confused. Adult learning emphasises the importance of having a goal from the onset as it helps shape the way we provide instruction. To successfully pick the right goal, we identify what the biggest priority for the course is.

2. Engaging without being distracting

Although online learning has become common, there are still companies that resist it due to bad, prior experiences. In many cases, companies make the mistake of simply transferring existing training online.

Our eLearning courses consider how people learn and don’t just spew out information, hoping it will stick. Technology is not the defining element in this but, instead, a tool that helps bring natural learning ways into a digital arena.

 3. Contains Relevant & Targeted Content

Your learners are like your customers. If you don’t show them something they want, they won’t feel motivated to take your course. Like developing any product, our eLearning courses use tools to get to know our "customers" so we "sell" to them better.

Surveying informs us what our learners (and managers) are looking for and what’s important to them. These needs are what we must build our courses around.  If it seems that there are two or more distinct groups within your audience, it can make sense to create several versions of your content. Each one can be focused on a slightly different need or concern to ensure you get relevant content for everyone.

4. Communicates Logically

Just as with graphics, it doesn’t matter how fancy the navigation looks or how interesting the writing sounds if it isn’t easy for learners to follow through a course. Content and navigation need to flow in a logical pattern so audiences can spend time retaining the message, not trying to decipher which button they’re supposed to hit.

Anything that goes over an audiences’ heads will cause frustration while dumbed down info is going to feel like a waste of time for them.

5. Inspires people to ACT

Our eLearning courses don’t stop at being interesting, they take that engagement and use it to push audiences, customers and company leaders into ACTION. Words need to connect with the audience on an intellectual level and work in conjunction with other design elements to be inspiring, persuasive and actionable. You want learners to be able to DO something not only during the course but also after they've completed it.

For this, we bring courses into real life where people can set goals, plan and think about the information. We incorporate calendars, performance markers, and other goal setting elements to engage them.Has a Solid Instructional Design Strategy

Our eLearning projects are methodical and strategic; they have a solid Instructional Design Strategy in place. This means it embraces lots of theoretical knowledge and models which inform the program, based on evidence of what method of delivery is most effective. Doing things the right way leads to better learning outcomes, which honestly, is what we need to provide when we invest time and money in a training program.

The Instructional Design Strategy is the approach by which your eLearning course is going to be developed to engage learners. There are a variety of approaches eLearning designers can take including storytelling, discovery learning, situational learning and several others.

Contact us today to get a quote on your next eLearning project.

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