eLearning Best Practices to Help with Efficiency and Effectiveness

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Not to brag or anything but … we know a thing or two about eLearning. From the basics, to the necessary tools, to the learners themselves, to the next ‘it’ delivery methods, we’ve just about covered it all.

So if you’ve ever wondered about any of the above – or much, much more – read on to learn more about eLearning best practices to make your courseware effective, efficient and yes, even fun.

The Basics of eLearning

eLearning Principles

“The intrinsic value of eLearning—its limitless accessibility, applications, and advancements—can’t be overstated. But eLearning courseware is more than words and audio on a screen. To create an effective and impactful course, learning materials must be strategically and thoughtfully designed with appropriate Instructional Design principles.

“These principles guide each course and are adjusted and customized to create the most impactful learning experience.”

To learn more about the principles that shape the design and organization of multimedia eLearning presentations, read on here.

The Gadgets & Gizmos

Authoring Tools

“All too often in work and life, we strive to reach ‘autopilot’ – a mental setting that is familiar, safe and relatively disengaged.

“So when we find an eLearning approach that works, for example, we are often inclined to stop there. ‘We did it!’ we exclaim, handing over the courseware and patting ourselves on the back.

“Here we’ve rounded up the five best eLearning authoring tools articles so you can make sure your ax is as sharp as possible heading into the new year!”

To learn more about five of the best eLearning authoring tools, read on here.

eLearning Analytics

“An important – though often overlooked – component of Instructional Design and eLearning development is learning and adapting to the behavior of your learners through eLearning analytics.

“eLearning analytics offer facilitators and instructors a comprehensive, holistic view of how a learner performs, specifically if they’re struggling with a particular lesson or subject, and if they are likely to pass or fail.

“It can then be determined which learning materials are appropriate, useful, or relevant based primarily upon learner’s performance, skill level, and personal interests.”

To learn more about how analytics can increase eLearning efficiency and efficacy, read on here.

The Learners

Engagement

“Think of [engagement] this way: You can tell someone that a particular chemical at work is dangerous and to handle it with care. It’s simple, to-the-point and communicates what needs to be explained. But let’s say that instead, you tell the real-life story of the time a colleague of yours mishandled the same chemical and the trouble that ensued. The characters now have names, faces and—more importantly—the emotional investment of the listeners. Why? Because facts selectively come and go through our brains; stories stick with us.

“And that level of emotional investment can only be achieved through thoughtful strategies; strategies that increase student engagement—and ultimately, success.”

To learn about the five tips that will help you use your own experiences in order to create memorable and relatable eLearning courses and increase student engagement, read on here.

Multigenerational Workforce

“Today’s workplaces are experiencing an unprecedented workforce intersection of four generations – Baby boomers, Gen X, Gen Y/Millennials, and Gen Z. And while this presents a unique dynamic that few get to experience, the differences among the generations can prove challenging to organizations seeking to keep their workforce trained and compliant.

“eLearning – and more specifically microlearning – training can transcend generational divides, providing a common ground rife with intergenerational opportunities, experience and exposure.”

To learn more about how to cater eLearning to a multigenerational workforce, read on here.

The Bells-and-Whistles

3D Modeling & Animation

“If there’s one constant in eLearning, it’s that nothing ever stays the same. And it’s that constant evolution, innovation, and ingenuity that makes our industry so cutting-edge when it comes to developing methods with which to deliver course content.

“And right now, two big trends are 3D modeling and animation.”

To learn more about how both 3D modeling and animation can be valuable eLearning tools that foster an emotional connection and get online learners excited about the eLearning process, read on here.

VR, MR, AR and XR

“The terms VR, AR, MR, and even XR refer to all the related technologies collectively – and that certainly doesn’t help un-muddy the waters. So here, we’ll focus on distinguishing VR and AR, and also cover how they’re actually similar, too.”

To learn more about how these alternate realities provide risk-free environments with interactive multimedia elements in which learners can experiment, read on here.

See? We told you we’d deliver the goods. And guess what? That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to exploring eLearning best practices for maximum efficacy and efficiency. If this list of best practices was just an amuse-bouche that left you hungry for more, check out our eLearning article smorgasbord here.