Instructional Design Best Practices: Ensuring Effective eLearning

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You will often hear that effective instructional design of eLearning needs to be relevant, engaging, and motivating. But how can you go about ensuring those goals have been met? The following tips are just a few ways that the instructional designer can gauge the effectiveness of their eLearning program.

Have a Firm Grasp of the Subject Matter.
Most instructional designers work with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) that provide guidance and input on the content of the training program. While it is not the job of the instructional designer to become an expert in the subject matter, it is important that they become comfortable enough with the content to determine the best way to teach it.

By establishing a good working relationship with the SME, the instructional designer can distill and develop this wealth of knowledge into a teachable format.

Put Yourself in the Learner’s Shoes.
When you look at an eLearning program from the learner’s perspective, you will quickly be able to judge for yourself if the program is engaging and motivating. If the training program cannot hold your attention, confuses or distracts you, then the same will probably be true for the learner.

Use the Right Tool(s) for the Job.
It is crucial to match the best instructional method to the type of content. For example, when teaching soft skills, it is more effective to give the learner practice using real-life scenarios and simulations rather than simply presenting text on a screen.

In addition to choosing the most relevant instructional method, it is vital to choose the best instructional media for the subject matter. This is particularly important in an eLearning environment, where the use of various multimedia can be leveraged to make the learning experience most effective.

For some great examples of eLearning instructional methods, check out: http://clomedia.com/articles/view/three-ways-to-improve-e-learning/1

 

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