If you’ve made it to this post, that means that you are an up-and-coming e-learning course designer and you have excellent content to share with your audience… But you aren’t 100% sure of where to begin. In that case, keep reading, because over the following lines of this e-learning guide for beginners, we will offer you everything you need to know to create courses that people will fall in love with right from the start!
Before getting started, you must be aware that as a designer of online courses, your job is to offer training content to an audience (employees, students, etc.) in a creative, attractive way.
Your mission is to turn your content into true learning experiences, into e-learning courses that attract and teach your students. Of course, always from afar – unlike ‘traditional’ teachers or trainers.
To help you, we at isEazy are offering you our fast and easy guide with 6 simple steps to start creating your online course.
The 6 ultimate steps to designing quality e-learning courses
1. Your message. What is the aim of your e-learning course?
Being sure about the information that you want to offer is key to creating quality content that is well structured and adds value. What is the main aim or message of your e-learning course? What will its structure be like? What type of information is most relevant for your audience? Answer those questions and your creative process will get focused from the very start.
2. Your target. Who are you targeting and what tone do you have to use?
The attributes and interests of the people you are targeting are basic points you must be familiar with before creating your content. You are the expert, but it is your audience the one applying all this knowledge in the future. Connecting with them by using their “jargon” or by including elements that may make it easier for them to digest the information is fundamental. The success of your course depends on getting that spark out of your audience.
It is vital to measure the results of your work before, during, and after the training. You can do this by adding short tests, games, and exercises which will give you specific data about how well your information is sticking. Assessment allows you to measure if you are meeting the goals set, if the minimum knowledge is being acquired, and what concepts need reinforcing in future trainings. In short, is your online course being effective?
In the article about E-learning assessment: why is it so important for online training?, we delve deeper into the topic and give you the keys for your courses to be a success.
4. Trust in your content
One of the keys to trusting in the content that you are creating is to ensure that it is based on the real needs of your users. Identify those needs and pursue them one by one along your courses.
In addition, keep in mind that knowledge acquisition can be a slow process whose results are often not instant. Be sure you take into consideration the feedback you receive; each new piece of knowledge acquired is proof that your e-learning process is yielding results. Trust in the value of your work, especially when proving it is worth investing time and money in creating e-learning courses.
5. Benefit from constructive criticism
If you are new in the world of online course creation, having the opinion of your colleagues or your audience about your content may be quite beneficial. Let them advise you on matters like: How the information you are providing can be presented. If the structure of the course is clear enough. If the values of your organization or institution are aligned with your content. If your content is visually attractive.
Get your training sessions reviewed even before they are finished and be open to constructive criticism. The result will be much more satisfying, both in terms of quality and in terms of optimizing your time for future courses.
If you want to know what practices to implement in your courses to turn them into true learning experiences, this post on the best practices in e-learning will show you all the information you need.
6. And, lastly, on a practical level, use tools that will prevent you from starting from scratch
Use a tool like isEazy that helps with effective content creation if you don’t have experience in e-learning. This will allow you to: adapt the information even after having finished the course (update of internal processes or academic content, new launches within your sector, etc.), speed up the process because you won’t need technical know-how, create interactive multimedia content with ease, and have a 100% user-friendly layout, and you just need to take care of the content because isEazy adapts it automatically to different devices.
Also, you have the option to work collaboratively via the cloud – that will make working from any place at any time much easier.
Do you want to see it in action? Here is a short video about how the tool works.
Prioritize simplicity when creating your contents by using a tool that will make your creative process a breeze. Simple, fast, and without complications – even if it’s your first time creating a training course. What else could you ask for? Start your e-learning path with isEazy and create the most spectacular courses effortlessly.