8 Tips to Hook your eLearners
eLearners are a completely new breed of content consumer, they have vastly different limitations, expectations and needs from learners in times-gone-by. So, the question quickly becomes "how". How do you not only get the learners to come, but also stay?
Never fear, the Elearning Experts team is here! We have your back (not literally, because well, that'd just be weird...so let's keep things figurative) with 8 easy to implement pro-tips to help you hook and retain your learner base. That's right, this is just for you (and your learners of course). Alright, are you ready? Let's go!
We will look at all 8 tips, and then we will dive a bit deeper into each tip.
Here we go, 8 pro-tips:
Standard Fonts and Sizes
Make sure your course content is specifically tailored to your individual learner group. The more they can identify with and have their needs met by the content you create, the better. Your ultimate goal should be to simply and efficiently answer a set of questions, solve a set of problems, or position your learners to be able to use a new skill artfully on their own.
Keep your specific learners in mind when you are selecting images for your course. It is important that your selected imagery not only clarify and illuminate your content, but also provide visual stimulation from text. Consider infographics,
Standard Fonts and Sizes:
Ensuring the congruity of all fonts and text sizing throughout your course may seem like a small and perhaps inconsequential detail, but it is indeed very consequential and highly influential factor in course success. Continuity of font and sizing make your content easier to read and retain. Specifically, stick with Sans Serif fonts for online text and pick a font size large enough for learners to read comfortably.
While reading a page full of blocks and blocks of online text may be your favorite pasttime, chances are that is probably not the case for your learners. Break text up with white space for visual relief, and with interactivity for mental re-stimulation and engagement.
Games are a great way to engage a variety of learners. Games can be used for assessing retention, facilitating deep learning, and for encouraging learner participation and involvement. Games can range from extremely simple to wildly complex. Gamification of content offers a huge opportunity to promote learner retention. Course creators must learn to adapt to these demands and expectations and be prepared to deliver engaging content.
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which complex real-world problems are used as the vehicle to promote learning of concepts and principles as opposed to direct presentation of facts and concepts. Give learners problems framed in task-based learning situations in which they must define and solve a problem in a way that 1) engages them actively in the learning process, and 2) requires higher-level analytical thinking to gain success.
Giving your learners mini-bites of information is a growing practice in the online learning community and the educational community at large. Micro-learning segments are literally miniaturized learning cycles, complete with topic intro, concise information diffusion, retention questions/assessment, and reward/feedback. This approach allows learners to access small bits of information periodically without making a major time commitment at once. The learner is tested and rewarded, which reinforces the brain's reward-system and furthers and strengthens the learners desire to learn. Win-win situation.
By teaching with real-life scenarios and presenting learners with real-life problems, especially problems that are relevant to them, they will learn more. They are also more likely to be engaged with the content and will experience elevated decision making, reasoning and problem-solving skills.
And there you have it, eight simple-to-use, but incredibly effective techniques to better involve and hook your online learners.
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