Getting started with your first online e-learning course can be a challenging task, but knowing how to get started is half the battle. The good news is that, in today’s world, information is free and easy to find! One quick Google search will yield multiple results with guides on how to create your first e-learning course and you will end up with over a 100 best practices in a couple of minutes! The downside to this is that you might get lost in the vast sea of information. To help you get started, here are 7 of the best tips on creating your first e-learning course with Easygenerator.
Tip 1: Evaluate learner needs/define goals
Before you get started with building your first e-learning course, you need to define your goals and understand who your audience is. Ask yourself the question, what does the learner need to know or be able to do after this course? The second question is, of course, who is the learner?
Easygenerator will assist you with this process by asking you to give a short introduction to the course and follow it up with learning objectives. These learning objectives will be the building blocks for your e-learning course. Be as specific as possible and tell your audience precisely what your e-learning course is going to offer them. Like I mentioned before, always think about things from the learner’s perspective. Easygenerator has developed a tool for this: The learning objective maker.
Tip 2: Smaller is better
Once you have defined your learning objectives, you can get started. One of the most important pieces of advice is: smaller is better. Research shows that the ideal duration of a module is 15 to 30 minutes. This will, of course, depend on the audience, topic and degree of interactivity. But smaller is better, that much is clear.
Another key factor regarding the smaller is better rule is that nowadays more and more information is digested by learners on mobile devices. Content on these devices works best when it is kept short in order for the learner to process it piece by piece.
Tip 3: Be consistent
A critical part of your e-learning course will be the layout. The rule of thumb is to always keep your layout consistent. Make sure you use the same font and colors throughout and try to always keep your content clear and understandable, make sure it does not get obscured by design features. In addition to the visual aspects of the e-learning course, always double-check your grammar and make sure you use vocabulary that your audience will understand. You want your learners to understand what they are reading.
With Easygenerator, all of this becomes really easy and consistency throughout your entire e-learning course is ensured. For a quick ‘how-to’ on creating your own layout within Easygenerator, you can check out our Easygenerator academy.
Tip 4: branding
Another major factor to keep in mind when creating the layout for your e-learning course is branding. Branding helps people identify and recognize your work and your organization.
Easygenerator offers you the option to fully customize an e-learning course so that it has your personal look and feel. You can change the logo, background and even the color scheme to fit your own personal brand. To learn more about how to brand your e-learning course with Easygenerator, you can check out our Easygenerator academy.
Tip 5: Create memorable content
When building your e-learning course, you will have to look at a multitude of ways to deliver information. The content of your e-learning course can consist of both text and media. By media, we mean images, videos or audio files. Using only text can result in the e-learning course looking boring and often makes learners lose interest. A good way to keep their attention is to add supporting media.
For example: A learner opens your e-learning course and gets a short introduction to the subject. After the introduction, they have to watch a short video which is followed up by a set of questions. Using this setup, your e-learning course will become interactive and your learners won’t lose interest in the subject. Like the old saying goes: “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
Tip 6: Monitor performance
Easygenerator offers you the ability to track and trace your learners’ results. Tracking and tracing their results gives you important information about your learners and your e-learning course. Besides the score on a test, it is also a good way to offer potential advice based on the results. It’s a way for you, as the author, to discover a learner’s potential weaknesses and give them some personal feedback. On the other hand, you can also give the learner validation on their knowledge and see their progress.
Another reason to add tracking and tracing is to reveal bottlenecks in the course itself. If a question has a 100% fail rate, it might be because it’s too difficult or has not been set up correctly.
Tip 7: Ask for feedback!
Feedback is a great way to interact with your learners. It gives them the chance to voice their opinion and give an honest review of your course. As an author, this is a goldmine of information regarding the success of your course.
Easygenerator allows users to send out a request to review a course. You can send the request to any external reviewers, even if they don’t have an Easygenerator account. It will also allow learners to rate a course on a scale of 1 to 10.