Would You Take Your Own Online/Zoom Course?

Decorative: "Would You Eat your Own Recipe?"


"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.

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."
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