25 Tips for Creating Better eLearning Content

Online Education

Elearning Content

You can easily grab the attention of your elearner’s with these small tips.

  1. First of all, focus on your audience– make an important promise since the beginning (with your headline and introduction) that tells the learners what’s in it for them.
  2. Plan what they write. Before you begin, think: who is the audience, and how they will use the information.
  3. Plan the structure of course content. List the topics which need to be covered.
  4. Keep your screen text lively and relevant to the learner. That will help learners to take a glance at the subheadings and pick out the main ideas.
  5. Include words and images. On the page words can be used for the main purpose of explaining. On-screen, images give a better understanding.
  6. Use active voice that is more direct and engaging.
  7. Take out all the industry speak and make simple word choices. Learn how to adjust your “speak” so what you that anyone taking the course can understand it quickly and easily.
  8. Be very specific. Remember students are learning at their own pace and do not have an instructor in front of them.
  9. Use bulleted points.
  10. By creating standards, learners will develop a feeling of familiarity when viewing the courses.
  11. Organize the content. Outline your course with titles, break the course topic into small sections as needed. This gives learners a logical breaking point in the training.
  12. Edit, improve. Verify your content to improve and edit till it get perfect.
  13. Variety is very important. You can use scenarios, give examples or tell a story.
  14. Read the text aloud to yourself and check if it is working well with the elements on the screen. If you are not getting it smoothly, your learners may also face difficulties following it too.
  15. Say more, with less. Trim the fat! Or even better, Use a picture which speaks a thousand words.
  16. Provide an “easy-read” for the learners—one that is understandable on the first read-through to avoid losing them. Limiting the amount of words usually leads to tighter, clearer writing because authors need to get to the point quickly and must remove extraneous material.
  17. Know your learners so well. Try to understand as much as you can about them, with this practice you can get inside their heads. 
  18. Consider adding personality. Sometimes it is appropriate to add humor and personality to your writing or speech. It gives a friendlier experience to your listeners.
  19. Make sure the language and detail is authentic. If you’re in new territory you can take the help of subject matter experts and do the research to make sure you’re comfortable with the dialogue and patterns of speech.
  20. Be mindful of grammar and spelling. When you deliver a course, you need it to be of the highest quality where both grammar and spelling to be as perfect as it possibly can.
  21. Use words, learners can picture. Use a descriptive words so that your listener can visualize the content and understand easily.
  22. Promise it will be quick: Your text needs to communicate in a second that the entire experience of taking the lesson will be something they can do quickly and painlessly. The way you name your lessons can help you out. Short sentences and paragraphs work great also. No one wants to read the Great American Novel in your courses.
  23. Write to express not impress. Don’t try to impress with your choice of words. It can annoy your learners if you do this. Keep the language simple so that your learners can focus only on learning  and understanding the content.
  24. Break it up. Do the formatting to improve readability.
  25. The devil is in the details. Readability is influenced by many factors. White space is one. Typography is another. The size and type of font you select has an effect on how your readers take in your content.

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