Last week, Learning Seat held two events on the topic of ‘Key e-learning principles’. Claire Lavin, Instructional Designer at Learning Seat, shares her six key e-learning principles in this short article.
1 Tell a story
We all naturally connect with stories. Make your learning memorable by using narrative. Apply it by using:
- Narrative arcs
- Character viewpoints
- Multi-faceted characters
2 Keep it simple
Reduce extraneous cognitive load in your learners and better meet learning objectives by:
- Minimising text
- Using uncluttered visual design
- Eliminating extraneous audio and visuals.
3 Keep it relevant
Engage learners by keeping your e-learning relevant and authentic. To do this:
- Mimic the work environment
- Create real-world situations and challenges.
4 Make it personal
Engage learners and deliver on learning outcomes by personalising your e-learning. To do this:
- Be conversational
- Use characters and course facilitators
- Use emotion.
5 Prompt decision making
Prompt learners to make decisions by using scenarios; it reflects how we learn in real life. Key components of a scenario are as follows:
- A character (learner) faces a realistic decision
- Learner makes the decision
- Learner receives feedback, and sees the consequences of their decision.
6 Treat learners as adults
Adults have life experience that they can draw on when exploring e-learning, so use it your advantage. Give learners:
- Control over their learning (with guidance as needed)
- Access to learning when they need it (just in time learning)
- Realistic, specific feedback that enables them to gauge consequences.