Perfectness in something is the utmost desire of people. It is applicable for every type of business, job, education, and so on. If you just want to give your customers something that will do the work but won’t give them much satisfaction, this article is not for you. But if you really want perfection in your eLearning course, keep reading. We will discuss four questions that will help you get the desired perfection in your eLearning course.
An eLearning course includes so many aspects of learning. Like other offline tasks, it needs quality content, expert course designers, proper instructions, expert instructors as well as learners. However, as eLearning is something online or website-based, it requires much more attention than these primary requirements. How to determine the method of creating an effective course? Well, the answers to four questions will help you determine that. Those questions are why, what, who, and how. Let’s elaborate.
Why Is the Course Important?
It is the very primary reason people will enroll in a course. What purpose does it serve? How does it help me? These are some of the most asked questions in the world of learning. Think yourself in the shoes of a learner. The first thing you will want to know is whether the course solves any of your problems. If it does, we enroll in it. And if it does not, who wants to spend money on something unnecessary. So that’s the essential part- to determine the necessity of your course.
People make decisions on the basis of what they need. It is the ultimate motivator for them to pursue something. If they have any interest or need for the course, they will purchase it. And if it doesn’t match with their interest or need, they have no use of it. That is why the course or courses you are offering must be relevant to your learners. The course must include some useful information. Only then will it serve the purpose of its learners. Therefore, before you proceed with your marketing, determine the benefits your eLearning course will provide the learners. Highlight them to your audience.
Sometimes, people do not get the purpose of the course, although there is. Hence, highlight the benefits and purposes of your course on its campaigns. Pass the message throughout the course. As a result, even after your learners enroll in the course, they will always be determined about it. Most of the learners in the present world are adult learners. And adults don’t have much time to spend on irrelevant courses. So, create relevant courses. That will benefit both you and your learners.
What will the Learners Be Able to Do?
It is also similar to the ‘why’ question. People want to know what they will get at the completion of the course. Most eLearning courses fail to provide this answer. When learners ask about it, they come up with the same boring content and topics. Your learners don’t want to know how you will teach them. All they want to know is how that will benefit them at the end of the course.
Focus on the learning outcomes; if your course includes something that does not match with these outcomes, remove them right away. Instead, design your course this way that fully supports the learning outcomes. When you manage to answer this ‘what’ question, it will make your course more learner-centered. And if you want to define perfection, we can surely say that it is the perfect eLearning course we have been talking about.
Who Are Your Learners?
Because of its importance, some will put it on the top of the questions, and there is nothing wrong with that. A perfect eLearning course requires a proper understanding of your learners. You ought to know their characteristics, their problems, and needs. Learners are the heart of a course. If you know about them well, your designing the course will be much easier and perfect. On the other hand, if you fail to understand your learners, you cannot even expect them to trust you. Definitely, you don’t want that.
A perfect eLearning course means effective, relevant, engaging, and interactive. And to do that, there is no alternative to the proper understanding of the learners. You can consider some criteria for that. For example, what is the usual education level and skills of your learners? Based on their education level and skills, you will design the courses. Then comes another important part- the daily schedule of your learners. Undoubtedly, you cannot learn about the daily activities of all your learners. But based on surveys and their provided information, you will get to know about their schedules. This schedule will play a vital role in the content creation of the course.
Then, you got to know about their work invironemnt. It includes their relationships, frustrations, and so on. It will help you design your content based on their needs. Then, you got to know whether the course is an elective one or a major requirement. Because if it is a major one, you must design your course accordingly. If the learners doesn’t feel the adequate coverage of their major requirements, your course will fail. And finally, you should know about the background knowledge the learners have on this topic.
How will the Learner Be the Most Benefitted?
Sometimes, even after the designers intend to teach, they fail to do so just because of the lack of arrangement and design. You must arrange the course step by step. If you teach the hardest part first and then bring your learners back, that will make the total learning process horrible. Hence, before you even promote your course, design it accordingly.
At first, design the structure. Have an idea about the sequence of the events. After you know that, create proper conditions and methods. You will also need to create proper educational tools, activites, instructional materials, etc. It will help both you and the learners with what they already know and what they need to learn. As a result, your total approach will enhance the integrity of the course.
The mentioned topics and questions were just the pre-requisite of a perfect eLearning course. However, even after you establish the course, you will need to follow a steady path with proper regulations. With all these questions and procedures, hopefully, you can design a perfect eLearning course.