Setting up an effective elearning course

22nd January 2016

The key to effective elearning is to begin with the outcome or results of the course. What’s the ultimate goal of providing the course? What are you looking to improve? Not just with elearning, most planning begins at the end, where do you want to be.

Working backwards from a future goal provides a powerful foundation for effectiveness in elearning. It is grounded to declare an outcome, and then identify the required actions to achieve that outcome- it also adds flexibility to the planning process.

The following tips will help you to organise your content for an elearning course:

It is important to set SMART objectives (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely), begin with a course goal for your learners. To do so, write simple sentences, listing what the learners will be able to do by the end of the training.

Each objective should provide a single outcome and use concrete verbs such as “write” and “repair”, instead of verbs like “understand” and “know” because these cannot be effectively measured. It is also important to state these goals in measurable terms, for example ‘x% reduction in safety incidents by the end of the next quarter‘.

To reach the larger SMART objectives, it is advised to create mini-goals that the participants need to achieve. This can be a task, test, or a process that relates to the ultimate goal. Once a mini-goal is achieved, participants should be rewarded for the successful passage, this should be light and engaging. The ability to progress to the next level is effective for providing a sense of achievement.

Finding the right balance between challenge and achievability can be difficult. Too easy, and participants switch off. Too difficult and learners may get frustrated and discouraged.

To find out how OCB Media could help you design and create an elearning course to train your staff, call us on 0116 285 5993.