Here are 10 things you need to know, when you create online e-learning content for your organization.
1. Save your money, and don’t waste time
Save your money and expensive resources when developing e-learning content. Maybe you do not know, but you’ve probably already got 90 % of the content you need in your organization. You’re only missing a simple tool to make it yourself. Simple, fast and effective. Therefore, use LMS solutions with smart build-in course-builders, where you in minutes can prepare all the e-learning courses you need and assign it to your organization. Try eloomi, which provides an easy and user friendly platform to do exactly that.
2. Make your e-learning content even more simple
It’s not surprising that some content will be better than others. Obviously, you want the best, but remember, that your organization often want quick access to knowledge, and it should be fast to work through. Make sure, that you only spend extra ressources on the most important part of your e-learning.
3. Everything in moderation
Don’t feed your organization with to much content, make them work for it. E-learning content that’s too easy fails to engage the curiosity and spark the desire to learn. Throwing out challenges and hurdles will give your organization the satisfaction of a job well-done and a lesson well-learned. Ensure motivation, acknowledgement and feedback, and include self-tracking and gamification.
4. Match the audience
Make sure the content level matches the course’s title and objective, as well as the assigned audience. You want to aim high, yes, but you don’t want to aim so high that it’s too hard to pass the e-learning course. If your e-learning content is too hard, too academically loaded and too dry, you’ll only accomplish a high drop-out rate. With one bad experience to the organization, you need 98 % good ones to get back on track.
5. Test, learn and get insights to be better
Don’t assume all your learners understand everything you show them. You’ll want to test their knowledge and competences at some point. It’s important to pause every once in a while and make sure everyone is on the same page. The best way to do that is administering a test or assessment activity of some kind. Tests, quizzes and surveys are important and needed. Your assessment should come integrated with the content, so you can gauge how your organization is absorbing the material. If the average score is low, slow it down to make sure they’re able to keep up.
6. Overcome lack of engagement in your e-learning content
Don’t miss out on multimedia. If you are creating an e-learning course, take advantage of as many multimedia resources as you can like videos, in combination through the e-learning course. That way, you not only give your organization a break from the written e-learning content, but you also stimulate those who are more adept at visual learning, which often will be more than half of your organization, based on facts, or they are simply just to busy to participate. Furthermore, we know that the click-rate on a video is much higher than a text.
7. Look and feel is everything
Do not use a complex learning system to provide your e-learning content. Make sure your solution is best-on-market and motivate the organization. Use gamification in combination with the visual solution. This will get the organization happy back for participation at your next content launch. Complexity and non-simplicity gives bad experiences, as well as something someone “has to do”. Simple things like a solution that works anywhere, anytime on any device are super important. Studies show, that just around 11 % uses existing running solution for the purpose of learning, based on non-simplicty thinking!
8. Anchoring the learning to push performance forward
E-learning content with high importance should not “die” with the learning. It should be brought to “life” and be measured and tracked after the learning has taken place. Focus on learnings that are easy to convert into simple and understandable measure-points for the individuals and their managers. Rate, coach, and by that, increase the learning effects and performance on the skills learned to 30 %+. Studies show it is easy to achieve, and eloomi sees own clients reach even higher results.
9. Avoid the same type of e-learning content in your course
Don’t forget about quality written content either. Don’t rely on multimedia resources as the basis of your content. Your content should contain a mix of quality written text and multimedia. Remember that your content should be well-researched, engaging and credible. It’s important to keep the organization in the learning loop.
10. Unneeded tangents in e-learning content
Because it’s so easy for anyone to create e-learning content through a smart course-builder, sometimes the creators don’t take the course content very seriously. Some may use it as a platform to express their sense of humor, political or religious views. While humor has it´s time and place, keep the content specific to your main message if possible.