Consider All Learning Styles
There are several different adult learning styles that can impact how adults approach learning and education. These styles can be categorized into three main types: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
Visual learners tend to learn best through the use of visual aids such as diagrams, charts, and graphs. They may also prefer to take detailed notes or create mind maps to help them process and understand new information.
Auditory learners prefer to learn through listening and speaking. They may benefit from lectures, discussions, and verbal explanations of concepts. They may also prefer to participate in group discussions and debates to help solidify their understanding of a topic.
Kinesthetic learners prefer to learn through hands-on experiences and activities. They may benefit from hands-on demonstrations, experiments, and practical application of concepts. They may also prefer to take breaks and move around while learning in order to stay engaged.
It is important to note that many adults may have a combination of learning styles and may prefer different methods of learning depending on the subject matter. It is also important for instructional technologists to be aware of the different learning styles of their students and to incorporate a variety of teaching methods in order to meet the needs of all learners.
Active learning is a teaching approach that involves engaging students in the learning process through activities, discussions, and other forms of interactive instruction. In eLearning, active learning can be achieved through a variety of methods, including:
Interactive modules: ELearning courses can incorporate interactive modules that allow students to practice applying their learning through activities such as simulations, games, and quizzes.
Discussions: forums and chat rooms can provide students space to engage in discussions and share their ideas with one another.
Team/cohort work: Collaborative tools such as OneDrive and MS Teams can be used to allow students to work on group projects and share their work with one another.
Problem-based learning: eLearning courses should present students with business problems to solve, which can help to make the learning relevant and applicable to their lives.
Overall, incorporating active learning into eLearning can help to make the learning experience more dynamic and engaging. Using a variety of interactive activities and collaborative tools, an instructional technologist can create eLearning programs that promote active learning and helps students to retain and apply their learning.
Be Mindful of the Length
Keeping an eLearning course as short as possible without omitting critical information is important for both the learning process and productivity. This means that you’ll need to put a lot of thought into what information makes it into your custom training course and what you’ll need to leave out. Remember, the sooner your employees complete their training and can get to work, the more productive they will be.
Language is Important
When creating a custom eLearning course that works, it is important to present it in a language that connects with your target audience. In this case “language” means much more than verbal languages such as English, Spanish, etc. Instead, it’s more about using terminology that your target audience will understand. This can mean using the right acronyms, slang, and technical jargon associated with the course material. As a result, your employees will learn better, and your eLearning course will come across as being authentic and created by a true subject matter authority.
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