A great eLearning script will never read the same as a lecture intended to be given to learners in person. The whole purpose of eLearning design is to create an engaging educational environment that learners are eager to participate in. Rather than focusing on the quantity of talking points, focus on the quality of the eLearning courses you’re releasing. A compelling script is more than just packed with information – it’s packed with information that learners love to learn.
1. Keep it Entertaining
An eLearning script shouldn’t read like a Wikipedia page. If it’s just a bunch of information disseminated like a regular textbook, all of the novelty has been removed. You want to use the platform to make the most out of your script, extending traditional boundaries to encompass a fully immersive learning environment. Incorporating things like images or infographics into your script will keep learners excited about the learning process.
2. Read it Aloud
Some things sound better when you say them in your mind because you understand your intended intonation. Read your script aloud in a variety of ways. Ideally, you want it to translate the same way to all learners for maximum efficiency. Almost everything is subject to a multitude of interpretations, but you need to be sure that the majority of your learners can clearly discern the one you intend for them to use. Boil down the language to a point where it’s able to be universally understood.
3. Remain Inclusive
Not every learner is going to be able to engage with your script the same way. Some learners will be visually impaired or hearing impaired. For your script to be just as effective to everyone, you need to make it accessible to all learners in verbal and written form.
4. Keep Things on Track
To comprehensively cover a subject, you may feel tempted to send your learners off on brief tangents. Getting a full scope of a concept is great, but tangents can actually overtake the entire message you’re trying to convey. The goal is to say as much as you can with as few words as possible. This means sticking to the objective and communicating it clearly. If you need to extrapolate on a specific point, it may be important to do so. Just make sure your script is structured in a cohesive manner that doesn’t shift between points so frequently that learners become confused.
5. Be Conversational
The tone of your script should be similar to the tone of the learners you’re trying to address. Always use conversational, active language that’s targeted at your core learning group. Children won’t feel as though they’re able to interact with a narrative similar to one that would be used for a course on corporate leadership. High powered executives will be put off by scripts that feel condescending. People want to learn in the same language they use to speak. Effective scripts will always cater to the people who need them to strengthen their connection to the learner.
Before you release your course, make sure you’ve given it a few trial runs with people who fit the course’s designated demographic. It’s better to know early on what isn’t working, rather than trying to fix something after it’s been released. There’s no such thing as too many trial runs.
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