Learn the optimal size for e-learning design: Bite size is the right size

When it comes to e-learning length, less is more. Authors should avoid creating courses or assessments that are too large for people to chew on in one go.

By Kasper Spiro on Jul 9th

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To find out the right length, duration, and medium for an effective e-learning design, Easygenerator conducted a study with over 200 participants which it then enhanced with existing market research.

Findings from our e-learning design study

During the study, learners completed an online course consisting of a pre-test, a lesson and a post-test identical to the pre-test. After that, they gave the course a net promoter score (NPS), meaning they rated how likely they were to recommend the course to others. Two versions of the same course were distributed randomly to the participants to assess how factors like structure, design or pictures influence learning outcomes and NPS.

The study found that optimizing courses in the following ways improved learner performance between the pre-test and post-test. Plus, these tweaks appeared to increase learner engagement because learners were more likely to spend time on the course.

Download the key points revealed by our study.

For more details on these pointers, download our free research paper titled “Data-Driven Cheat Sheet for Creating Perfect E-learning Courses

Following the guidelines described above helps you create bite-sized learning modules. These short, freestanding modules let learners quickly consume knowledge and grasp concepts. Because the content is broken up into short modules, learners don’t have to work through the entire course at once. This style of learning is perfect for accessing on mobile devices, so employees can learn in their own time, wherever they are. To make things even more flexible, Easygenerator features cross-device progress saving which allows learners to take a break and then return to the learning “bites” later, from any device with an internet connection.

Read the next article as part of the e-learning best practices blog series: “Basic writing rules for courses for high learning impact“.

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About the author

Kasper Spiro is the CEO of Easygenerator and a recognized thought leader in the world of e-learning. With over 30 years of experience, he is a frequently asked keynote speaker and well-renowned blogger within the e-learning community.

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