One of the largest and most frequent criticisms of online training is that its missing the human element the face-to-face factor in-person training has. You might even think this true yourself. However, recent developments in online training technology have addressed that and even improved upon the traditional training model.
Here are a few ways that you add a personal touch to your online course development.
Learning Paths + Scenarios
Traditional training operates in a linear fashion. What this means is that there is a series of predetermined events that need to happen in order for a learner to complete the course. For example: a question followed by another question followed by a test.
The learning paths functionality within your course authoring tool allows the direction to be determined by the answers that the learners give. This gives you the ability to enable the course to adapt to the learners progress.
By combining learning paths into a scenario-driven course, you can give an even more personal experience to the learners. Put yourself in the position of the learner and ask yourself what is more compelling; a series of questions interrupted by large stretches of reading or a course that presents the material with multimedia elements then asks you to navigate correctly through the scenario while drawing on the knowledge youve learned.
Audio & Video
If theres one thing that will get the attention of learners, its having multimedia elements placed within a course. By using a capable course authoring tool, youll be able to import a variety of multimedia format including MP3, MOV, WMV, AIF, and more.
Adding videos to your course is a great way to demonstrate concepts that dont translate well with static images. They can come from a variety of sources including existing DVD training or screen recordings.
A narration track added to courses can also increase the personal touch especially if its your voice narrating. With microphones becoming less and less expensive and also by using free audio editing software like Audacity to clean up the recording, you’ll be able to add audio in no time.
Additionally, audio can be much more than a narration track. For example: In scenario-based courses, you can really immerse the learner in the experience by adding sound effects. Are you lost in the wilderness? Hear the howling wind.
Blended learning combines both online training and personal instructional teaching into a combined course. This method flips the traditional training model on its head by allowing your online training to do the teaching but lets you be the coach and mentor to the learners when needed.
Elearnings strength is that it gives you a huge amount of flexibility to develop a course that engages the learner, gives you the results you need, and saves you money.
These are simply a few of the ways that elearning can help give a more personalized experience to the learners. Can you think of any more? Wed like to know. Leave a comment below or follow us on Twitter to continue the conversation there.
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