Online training is continuing to increase in popularity, largely due to its accessibility and flexibility. Effective online training development and course delivery, therefore, is essential to meet the needs and expectations of your learners.
A high quality course is an important benefit for the learner. However, online training has additional requirements due to its nature that can render an inferior online course ineffective and frustrating.
So what are you to do to make sure online courses and their delivery are as effective and functional as possible? Perhaps more revealing would be to consider the online course development mistakes you should AVOID!
Here are five online course development mistakes that you need to avoid:
Forget The Learners
You need to keep in mind details such as the learning abilities, expectations, preferences, and the overall online learning environment for your learners. Knowing your learners will help you to create a course that reflects their needs.
Make It Complicated
Each module or segment of an online course should be in logical order and of reasonable length.
Each course should also incorporate rich multimedia components and interactive content, in moderation, and relevant to the learning objectives. Your instructional design document will help you develop your goals for the course.
Confuse Your Learners With Too Many “Bells And Whistles”
Moderation is key you can have too much of a good thing. Too much and then it becomes a negative aspect of the course, rendering it ineffective. Keep the page design of a course beautiful, simple and clean, with balanced amounts of text, graphics, and white space. Use consistent fonts and layout, and make sure the navigation throughout the course is sensible and easy to follow. Organize content with balanced paragraphs, bullets, and numbers.
Bore Your Learners With Inferior Content
Provide comprehensive, accurate, and credible content, and then further engage learners with appealing graphics and interactive activities to provide enrichment and practice of key concepts. Include hyperlinks to other resources within the course and to external sites (make sure they are equally credible and relevant). Use your test maker software to create review questions, practice exercises, self-check tests, and assessments. Remember to use moderation and balance course content with the enrichment features, and align everything with the course objectives.
Frustrate Your Learners With Technical Issues
Nothing is more frustrating when you’re online than to have things simply not work properly or be so non-user-friendly that you feel like screaming, but instead, just leave the site. Since this isnt an option for your learners, you need to optimize the course’s usability and make sure every aspect of the course functions properly. This means all links work and redirect learners properly; all activities are functional and produce the desired, intended results; all graphics are appealing and visible (no broken symbols where graphics should be); the screen resolution is appropriate; no spelling or grammatical errors; and finally, make sure every aspect of the course meets with the approval of the client, the expectations of learners, and aligns with the course objectives.
Online course development is a powerful tool if used correctly. If you dont take the time to avoid these mistakes you could potentially end up alienating your learners.