eLearning Challenges

Information Overload?
We know you love your content. But, there is only so much information the brain can process. At a certain point, it is counterproductive and detracts from what is truly important. Why take attention away from what matters? Supplementary information is just that - include it as an additional resource within the course that can be saved/printed for reference outside of the course. Consider infographics; they simplify detailed information and because they are visual, information is easier to absorb and retain.

Tired of boring training? Us too.

If you’ve takinformation overload, content heavy, too much contenten online courses, you know how easily the mind wanders… how distractions are not only welcomed, they are invented. Too often, they are boring screens of seemingly endless content. When the content fills one screen, “click next” instructions direct us to ever more content. The monotony is relentless. The clever ones skip ahead, gambling on passing the end of course test, your organization’s signal that the course (and perhaps regulatory) requirements have been met. But, did they learn? Not likely.

Without the formality of a classroom setting, Learners are literally left to their own devices (ha!).  Their self-motivation will be tested.dice on the white background

 

To improve Learner engagement:

  • Keep course content (and activities) relevant and tied to learning objectives.
  • Get Learners actively involved in the course and do it early.
  • Make it a discovery experience; give Learners autonomy to explore course content in the sequence they choose.
  • Don’t provide all information upfront; allow Learners to draw their own conclusions during activities and use a debrief to reinforce these.
  • Use examples from recent news events to keep course content fresh and allow Learners to relate the subject matter to real-world examples.