Posted by Kam Amilthan | Posted in eLearning | Posted on 07-02-2012-05-2008
Evaluating eLearning Content
The best eLearning courses are created with a keen understanding of learners’ interests, needs and expectations. In this, content plays a vital role by giving out key information in the language understood by learners. It will also make eLearning experience more coherent, intuitive and satisfying.
Why evaluating content is important?
Content is the reason why visitors take up eLearning — and continue to learn. Given adequate time to prepare, your prose and images should be sparkling, helpful and motivating. Most often we consider content as text, but it also includes the visual elements included in the eLearning module.
Based on these aspects, this blog post offers practical tips for evaluating the quality of content used in your eLearning module.
eLearning Content – Delivery
ü Content should help the learner to advance their skills on the job
ü Use quality content that inspires readers to keep reading
ü Avoid padding content with redundant words or phrases
ü Use self-assessment questions throughout the module
ü Make sure the content fits the eLearning objectives
ü Use headline that is captivating and it should connect with the user
ü Avoid complex sentences or unfamiliar words
ü Break the content with visually appealing subheading, lists, bulleted points
ü Use less of white text on black backgrounds
ü Proofread the content to ensure it’s free of grammatical and spelling errors
ü Stick to fonts that are easy to the eye. Avoid using too different fonts in one module
ü Use the right font size, line-height, and preferably 70 character line length
eLearning visuals – Design
ü Include captivating image to convey the meaning
ü Create design that blends aesthetics with functionality
ü Use sufficient white space in your design to enhance readability
Creating Quality eLearning modules
Creating quality eLearning modules involves building eLearning modules with exercises and assessments based on real business scenarios. Also keep in mind to match the learner’s learning preferences by adapting different learning styles such as visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
Finally you should anticipate all the activities and provide a framework to create an “aha” experience from eLearning.