As we mentioned in a recent article covering the top 5 best eLearning authoring tools, we often strive to find life’s ‘cruise control’ – that comfortable mental state that is familiar, safe and relatively disengaged. It’s a veritable ‘set-it-and-forget-it’ mindset.
Because, sure. You’ve got your training courseware, and sure, it’s good enough, right? It covers the necessary topics, offers information, boasts a couple quizzes and – arguably best of all – you don’t need to do anything to it or with it.
But information – and how it’s communicated – isn’t a static, inanimate thing. Ultimately, if viewed through the lens of the growth mindset, we gain much more by recognizing that learning requires mental malleability and plasticity; information – and its acquisition – is a living, breathing thing.
In fact, the growth mindset directly challenges our tendency to actively seek autopilot by asking, “Why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even – or especially – when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
By that measure, knowledge is a journey, not a destination. But listen: We’ll level with you. It’s the end of the year. We’re all unimaginably busy with holidays, festivities and endless to-dos all swirling in our eggnogged brains.
So for your (easy) reading pleasure, we’ve done the legwork for you by rounding up the five best eLearning instructional design best practices and tips articles so you can grow your mind – without growing your year-end to-do list!
“Instructional design is truly an art form. While there is no one-size-fits-all formula that will guarantee a perfect course in all circumstances, there are handy guidelines to follow that will usually lead to good design choices. Here are a few reminders to keep in mind the next time you design an eLearning course.”
“Successful Instructional Designers know that it takes a combination of skill, effort, and passion to craft a winning eLearning course. It can be difficult to hit the mark, unless you take all aspects of the eLearning course into account. Remember, you aren’t presenting the information just to put it out there, you want it to resonate with online learners. Creating eLearning courses that are worthwhile will ensure you keep getting a steady project load and have happy clients and online learners.
“Here are 6 simple tips to develop engaging and enlightening eLearning courses for your online learners.”
“For training and eLearning to truly make an impact, Instructional Designers have to design and develop cohesive, highly-effective eLearning experiences using the latest technologies, creative design and learner-centered teaching strategies.
“By following Instructional Design best practices and delivering new information in a way that’s meaningful and engaging, a well-designed course will help its participants quickly master new skills and understand how to apply new knowledge to their roles and environment.
“An Instructional Designer has many eLearning instructional strategies, styles, methods, and ideologies to draw from. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are a handful of best practices to make yourself and your expertise more accessible.”
“An increasing number of organizations across the globe are relying more on online learning as an effective means to train their globally dispersed workforce. Of course, it is not possible to have a great visual designer on board every time in order to create eLearning that is impactful; but you certainly don’t need one if you spend a little bit of time to understand what makes an eLearning course sell instantly.
“Here are 7 Instructional Design tips that will help you create effective eLearning without having any formal training in Visual Design, or technical applications, and still manage to impress your target audience right away.”
“The shift to blended and online training has become a fixture in most organizations and the next generation of ‘death by PowerPoint’ has emerged … ‘death by voiceover PowerPoint.’ This type of training is often seen in the form of animated PowerPoint slides with limited opportunities for interaction.
“Providing an engaging and fun experience for online learners does not need to break the budget, and will provide a greater return on investment in the long run through transformative learning. Online learning proves cost-effective, reaching broad and geographically dispersed audiences; however, it should not only transform your budget and reach, it should transform behavior and performance. The next generation of learners will expect a highly visual, multimedia, and interactive experience. The good news is that there are ways to spice up your training, engage your learners, and win over stakeholders.”
There it is: An exhaustive collection of all of the best practices and tips for eLearning instructional design, delivered right to the internet-enabled device of your choice. Now you can charge into 2019 with a brain – and courseware – that actively seeks to challenge and engage learners.