Use these Lecture Learning Tweaks to Improve Your eLearning Courses

If these techniques help with lectures, imagine what they can do for building content on your eLearning courses.

We know that engaged learners retain information more easily than those involved in a passive learning experience, such as in a lecture. With competing learning formats such as eLearning gaining prominence, educators and trainers are struggling to find new ways to use the lecture format while maintaining the attention of audiences. They are fighting to maintain what one could argue is a dying breed of teaching—standing up and speaking to a captive audience. By paying attention to the tools lecturers use to make their platform more palatable to learners, eCourse authors can learn some tricks of their own.

Building on Lecture Strategies

Harvey F. Silver and Matthew J. Perini have developed a six-step strategy for interactive lectures that focuses on increasing student engagement, building information management skills, deepening comprehension, building background knowledge, and developing habits of mind. If these tips make a lecture more engaging, imagine what they can do for e-learning courses.

Different Challenges, Similar Solutions

When you consider an e-learning content delivery model, you are actually trying to create more learner engagement through technology. In online learning, you don’t get to build a rapport with learners face to face. You could create an introductory video or conduct live video chat sessions with students, but you want them to interact with content when you aren’t available.

Do this by considering your goals for an e-learning course as well as the objectives for each section. Looking at the smallest chunks of a course will help you choose the best way to present information and help students organize it for themselves. Good instructors will always state one or more learning objectives and offer a graphic organizer of information or another framework to assist students in focusing their thinking.

To help students absorb, process and integrate lessons, eCourses must stimulate the senses. Vivid imagery and strong ties to concepts that matter to students will help students focus on the information and make it stick. Stimulating content, including articles, videos and discussion topics to augment assignments can assist as well.

Using these principles within the CODE method of teaching is a powerful formula for creating effective eCourses. Under this methodology, courses achieve the following goals:

  • Connect – Use hooks, kindling and bridges to help students draw connections between learning objectives.
  • Organize – Present information in highly organized visual layouts that help students retain connections between bits of information.
  • Dual-Code – Use exercises that help students process information through multiple senses
  • Exercise and Elaborate – Finally, offer opportunities for students to reflect upon the learning through questions that require their input. Using several questions that frame information in different settings can help students gain a clearer understanding.

Knowledge Anywhere offers eLearning Development Resources

Getting assistance with the particulars of an eLearning course helps you focus more on teaching and less on content delivery. With the right tools and strategies, you can better communicate ideas and maximize learning gains. Call Knowledge Anywhere at 1-800-850-2025 or use our online contact form to find out more about our course development and tracking tools.

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