What makes great e-Learning?

E-Learning is increasingly being used to guide and train geographically dispersed and diverse workforces, to support organisational induction processes, procedures and requirements, identify employee literacy and numeracy issues that need addressing and even improve inter-organisational collaboration. 

There are numerous benefits to moving from face-to-face learning to online learning (or e-Learning) – with one of the main benefits being that it allows for quality and consistency within a training program that is not achievable through traditional delivery.

However, good e-Learning doesn’t just happen. Behind any successful e-Learning program is careful design and engaging content. But with so many factors to consider, where do you start?

what makes great e-Learning

In an ideal world you would have a generous timeframe to get together your content and work on a great looking design that will totally engage your learners from the first to last screen – but we all know that this is rarely the case.

In this first of a series of posts, I’m going to talk a little bit about how you can save time and meet those tight e-Learning program deadlines, plus come in under budget and end up with a great result.

Sound too good to be true? 

Have you ever considered using e-Learning templates? 

Templates are basically a shell or framework for your content. They serve to provide a standard look and feel that ensures visual and cognitive continuity. There are many reasons why using templates is a good idea. Apart from the obvious advantage, which is that using templates will help you produce amazing looking courses in a fraction of the time it would normally take, here are just a few of the other reasons you should be considering using templates for your e-Learning course development:

  • they allow you the time to focus on the learning content
  • they’re flexible and easy to use and can be easily customised to meet specific course requirements
  • they can be easily updated and re-used for an unlimited number of courses
  • they lend consistency of design to the course when there are multiple developers
  • they provide uniformity, with consistent colours, fonts and layout
  • they are technically competent, so minimise time spent working out why something isn’t working
  • they ensure a high-quality output
  • they reduce the amount of time you need to spend reviewing and approving the final product
Using a template as the basis for your e-Learning course doesn’t have to mean your course will end up looking bland, boring and predictable. You can still provide lots of variety on the screen – and starting with a course template that has a range of screen designs is a must.

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