Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for eLearning

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1. Old powerpoints stink

Making a training presentation and putting it up online, doesn’t really constitute e-learning. PowerPoint presentations aren’t the most effective tool when it comes to learning as it doesn’t have a multi-sensory approach which can challenge, engage, inform and test the learner.

2. Hiring the Right talent

There are 3 major roles when it comes to designing training: Subject Matter Expert (SME), the Instructional Designer (ID) and the Designer. Each person has its own expertise and input when it comes to designing the final product. It is your discretion to choose which role you want to give the most importance to.

3. Keep the content small and concise

Large chunks of information aren’t palatable when it comes to explaining a large amount of information to people, especially new people. The best way to work around that is to use smaller chunks of information. You can use bullet points or you can use a step-by-step process to explain the same information.

4. Brand your Training

With all the material that you put out, keep your brand logo/name on every page as it will show that the training that you are providing is company specific and not generic.

5. Create hands on Demo

Create demos and interactive manuals for hands-on experience as it aids the learning process. Develop a simulation. It is interactive and engaging. Simulations make the trainee feel safe as it is a controlled environment.

6. Use meaningful Graphics

Use graphics only if they contribute something to learning. The graphic needs to pass a simple test: Can a learner look at the image and understand the concept of the training page without reading the text? If not, then don’t use it!!!

7. Have Standards and be Consistent

While designing the training, develop a certain format, i.e. colours, fonts, sizes, layout, template and stick to it. Standardisation helps the learner become familiar with the learning material.

8. Use Scenarios and Case Studies

Use real life scenarios to hold the interest of the trainee. Here’s why it works – if it relates to their life, then they care about it; and if they care about it, then they are interested in it.

9. Use Learning Games

Make the demos into games or serious games, as it engages of the user and makes him involved in the outcome of the exercise. It provides a break in the monotony from the usual reading and graphs hence, engages the learners in a much better way. (You can check out a few learning games here – www.ptotem.com)

10. Certify the participant’s knowledge

Score the tests and evaluations. Quantify their performance. It gives the trainee something to aim for. It is also the best way to see results when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of the learning. Make people aware of their results by either making them take the test again if they don’t score well or by issuing a certificate for scoring a high score.

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