As the weather warms up you might be enrolling yourself in a tortuous boot camp or workout regimen in order to get yourself beach-ready. Its a lot of work but the results are worth it. Your online course development will also benefit from getting into shape too. You don’t even need to put on your beachwear to get your courses slimmed down, dressed up, and toned for the summer.
Sometime between last fall and now, your elearning courses became a bit bulky. Its nobodys fault. You add a graphic here, another graphic there, add some more text and graphs. The next thing you know, that efficient course is looking a little less svelte than it used to.
One of the first things you can do is to break up the large, bulky passages of text into separate slides. Use the text-formatting options within your course authoring tool to add bullets and different heading styles. Be conscious of the spacing in your course so that the text and any graphics can complement each other on the same slide.
If youre finding that your modules are becoming too unwieldy, then it may be time to revisit your instructional design document. There may be a better way to organize the learning objects into a more logical sequence.
Your course will benefit from a visual refresh. You may consider updating your color scheme, background, or images, to make your course more beautiful. By using the master page functions within your couse authoring tool, you’ll be able to do this quickly and easily.
If your course authoring tool hasnt been updated recently then check with the manufacturer’s website to see if theres one waiting. Larger updates may introduce new features that will allow you to make more interactive, engaging courses.
If you’re courses seem lacking, you may want to take the time to beef up the content. If you’re course is just a series of questions, you may wish to employ a different learning strategy like videos or different question types to serve it better. Videos can also help you to demonstrate concepts more effectively. Different question types will evoke a truer understanding of your course from your learners.
Adding voices and other sound effects can bring scenario-based courses to life. Also, giving the characters in the course a unique voice within each course can make the course leap off the screen.
Are You Ready?
Online courses will benefit from the occasional update. As you gain experience and change your perspective, your course should gain from your added insight.
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