There are different components of e-learning that need to be demonstrated when providing e-learning samples to clients. These samples can be extracted from existing courses and white-branded to make sure that there are no privacy breaches. Alternatively, samples can be custom made to make a particular pitch to make sure that the client fully understands the capabilities of the e-learning developer.
To create custom samples, the following factors have to be kept in mind to make sure that the online learning courses are impactful.
- Type of audience: To create an e-course, the first step is to understand the outcome we expect from learners after they undergo the training and are deployed in their job responsibilities. The expectations of the learner themselves as well as those of the stakeholders have to be taken into account. The learning capabilities and existing knowledge levels are also required in order to create an e-learning prototype that can be further utilized when building the course. It’s also important to consider the kind of environment in which the learners will take up the training, in order to make sure that the course sample is aligned to the specific needs of the work environment of the learner. Finally it is also important to keep in mind the technologies and resources available to the learner group. For instance, if the sample contains a video element, it is important to consider if the learner has the required hardware/software to watch it. Otherwise it is completely irrelevant to the needs of the audience and the sample will be rendered useless.
- Course structure: The course structure paves the way for how well the learner is able to extract relevant information out of the learning course. The e-learning sample should contain some logical modules that can be consumed easily by the learner. It is wise to not create modules that are more than 8 to 10 pages long. It is also necessary to include some interactive elements that will engage the learner. The rule of thumb is to include interactivity every 3-4 pages to make sure that learner interest does not dwindle. Another important aspect is to include graphics or images to explain concepts and ideas – without increasing the textual bulk of the e-course.
- Page design: The design of the individual pages is also important in an e-learning sample. Navigation should be intuitive and unnecessary clicks should be avoided – keeping the page neat and easy to navigate. The layout should also be clean with plenty of white space for relief. The balance between text and graphics should also be demonstrated to make sure that the learner does not feel overwhelmed in a self-paced way of learning.
All L&D managers consider the above factors to be critical in an e-course. If an e-learning sample can demonstrate it, the learning managers will be better equipped to make an informed decision and provide better learning opportunities for all organizational employees.