"Would You Take Your Own eLearning Course?" (post) asks seven questions to assess an online/Zoom course, providing brief practical guidance to help instructors shape more interesting and engaging courses.
- More detail and useful links are found in the original post.
- See also "Top Questions To Ask When Creating a Great User Experience In Your eLearning Courses" for a much more specific and detailed interrogative assessment of your course design.
1. "Are you telling your learners a story? Or are you drowning them in facts?"
- "Story-based learning connects the audience emotionally to the content."
- "[A]llow the learners to develop their own solution to solve the problem in a story."
- "This ... gives the audience a context in which to interpret and remember the content."
2. "Does the course contain real-world scenarios? Or is it simply theoretical knowledge without any meaningful context?"
- "Ask the learners to solve a problem that they may encounter during their daily activities."
- Have "the learner to make a decision, create something, or evaluate a real problem."
- This "involv[es] them in their own learning process while also preventing boredom."
3. "Are the interactions mentally stimulating?"
- "Effective interactivity makes the learners think."
- "[F]ind a way for knowledge to be discovered through a series of choices, paths or games."
- "[F]acilitate connections to the content by asking the learners questions."
4. "Are you speaking your learners' language? Or is it fill of jargon?"
- "[E]liminate overly technical terms."
- "[U]s[e] a conversational tone throughout the course."
- "[W]rite in a way that is approachable and matched to the audience’s skill level."
5. "Is the design visually appealing? Or is the design so off-putting and over-loaded that it pushes learners away?"
- "[A]void too many colors, generic or cliché images, lengthy paragraphs and pages of bullet points."
- "Leave white space and pick simple colors."
6. "Are the activities interesting and relevant to your target audience?"
- "Any interactions you build into the course should be based on the objectives."
- "If the content is not delivered in a way that has personal relevance, then it is not likely to stick."
7. "Are you encouraging social learning?"
- "[G]ive your learners a chance to interact and share what they learned."
- "[I]ncorporat[e] collaborative group activities."
- "[E]ncourag[e] learners to communicate with one another through blog posts or online discussion forums."