2020 is here and, like every year, we face the challenge of turning all our self-promised resolutions into reality. A similar thing happens when it comes to designing e-learning content. Each year, we look back on our past courses to find areas for improvement, objectives, and action items that we want to implement in the coming months—but where to start?
With an increasing array of methods and solutions available for designing your e-learning content, it’s no wonder you might feel overwhelmed when deciding which ones to choose. That’s why we at isEazy are reviewing the newest and best practices in e-learning that you can integrate into your project to make it a success.
Here are the best practices in e-learning that you should consider this year:
1. Improve the user experience
The use of smartphones and tablets has continued to rise in recent years. By the end of 2018, 67% of the world’s population was connected to a mobile device. E-learning courses now tend to feature continuous or vertical scrolling, making them easier to use and more in sync with the content consumption patterns that students are accustomed to. In contrast to traditional courses where you have to click to go to the next training resource, in this type of course the user must simply scroll, as they would on any app or webpage.
This helps to minimize page breaks and, consequently, avoid interruptions to the training. In addition, content is becoming increasingly concise and direct, making it more convenient to access on smartphones.
2. Grab the attention of your students with interactive content
A student’s first impression counts—it will help them decide in a matter of seconds whether or not to participate in your training. These days, maintaining student interest is increasingly difficult, especially considering that we tend to lose attention approximately 20 minutes after beginning a task.
So don’t think of your students as passive receptacles of information. Increase interest in your training with interactive elements that invite students to participate and that will serve to reinforce learning. Infographics, linked images, interesting features, questions and answers, and audio are some of the many options you can use to engage and motivate your students.
3. In the field of e-learning, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words
To achieve your pedagogical objectives, you need to incorporate resources that help students understand the content of your courses. There are a variety of options available, but images make the biggest impact. You can use them to supplement or even replace text when the concepts you want to get across are particularly complex or difficult to explain in words.
4. Videos can do wonders
In Spain, 92% of the population uses the Internet daily and, of this demographic, 93% watch videos online. We live in the media age, so it’s no surprise that the trend in e-learning is to use more and more audiovisual resources, which can help present content in a more dynamic and efficient way.
This doesn’t mean you should create videos just for the heck of it. Producing this type of content is more costly and difficult to keep up to date. So make sure your videos are genuinely useful and have a clear learning objective. If you think other resources would be better suited to your students, then don’t hesitate to opt for those instead.
5. Games are your best friend
From trivia quizzes to guess-the-word challenges, games can enhance the engagement of your training by up to 98%. They are also a great way to encourage participation among your students and facilitate their learning process by ensuring they grasp concepts quickly and enjoyably, without them even noticing.
To achieve a truly effective training and the best practices in e-learning, you need an authoring tool that allows you to design impactful content with ease. Try the free version of isEazy now and see everything that our authoring tool can do for your e-learning project.