5. Follow these basic writing rules
Good writing leads to good learning. Here are some basic writing rules to follow:
- Know your audience.
- Have a clear goal.
- Put the key information up top, important details next, and minor details last.
- Write in short, simple sentences (30 words max).
- Use the active voice.
- Use images and videos if possible.
- Always have your course reviewed before you publish it.
Tips for writing an e-learning course with a high learning impact.
6. Build a feedback culture
Feedback is a powerful tool in your e-learning toolkit and building a feedback culture is one of the best practices for e-learning design. Learners naturally want to know where they’re going wrong and find out how they can improve their performance. Take advantage of this by using test questions in your e-learning courses as an opportunity for offering feedback.
When learners get a question incorrectly, always make sure they understand where they went wrong, what the correct response is, and why the content is important. Similarly, when learners get a question correctly, be sure to go beyond “good job,” and reiterate the intended takeaway.
Read more about the power of giving meaningful feedback.
The feedback culture also shouldn’t be limited to your learners. Authoring tools, including Easygenerator, enable you to seamlessly collaborate with colleagues and subject matter experts. You can even request feedback from team members via comments and co-authoring, which ultimately ensures your e-learning content design is effective, up to date, and didactically sound.
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7. Gather learner input with the Easygenerator NPS feature
Test scores are the usual standard for measuring a course’s effectiveness. However, they don’t always tell the whole story. Learner engagement is a better indicator for determining whether your course adds value.
Ask learners for their opinion about your course. Use a rating system or, even better, net promoter score (NPS). This helps you identify how your learners respond to your e-learning content, and determine whether you need to make improvements to change direction. All courses in Easygenerator offer an NPS survey by default.
Read more about collecting learner feedback.
8. First curate, then create
Writing original content is great but it only adds value if the content is new. Before creating a course, always check to be sure there isn’t already content out there that covers that same topic.
As a subject matter expert, you probably read a lot about your field of expertise. This adds depth to your knowledge which is very useful to you and your colleagues. However, if you simply share links to other resources, you are not adding all the value you could. The real solution is to be selective about how you present your knowledge to your colleagues. We call this “curating” your knowledge.
Read more about learning to curate your knowledge.
9. Share your knowledge and experience
We hope you have gotten a taste for knowledge sharing by now. We encourage you to continue sharing your knowledge with your colleagues. This strengthens your reputation as an expert and even helps you to learn more in the process. It also saves you time, because you will no longer need to train each of your colleagues individually or repeat the same information over and over. Lastly, it improves the culture within your organization, creating a supportive, sharing environment.
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This article focused on the nine cornerstones of creating courses and assessments but also explored other ways of actively sharing your knowledge. Consider writing a blog or creating a podcast, for example. Train your colleagues, curate content, or make a video. Whatever you do, keep up the good work!
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A user-friendly authoring tool like Easygenerator makes it easier to start creating online learning content and to apply the e-learning best practices above. Using our drag-and-drop creator, anyone can create engaging courses and break content up into digestible, bite-sized sections. And in addition to applying the e-learning best practices above, you can leverage our design feature to customize your course according to your brand colors and identity.
Want to collaborate on a course with a colleague? Easygenerator enables you to add co-creators to your course and exchange comments in the app, allowing for quality remote collaboration. And if still aren’t sure where to start, our range of support services are at your fingertips, from our live in-app support chat to personalized onboarding sessions at your request.
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