The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered significant changes in the way we live, learn, and work. Organizations worldwide focused more on creating new learning strategies for efficient delivery of knowledge and skills and measuring its effectiveness during Covid times. In such a scenario, eLearning has gained wider acceptance as an efficient way of delivering subject knowledge and new skills to various learners, including students and employees. eLearning will continue to be an effective learning and training delivery method in the post-Covid world also. In addition, it will continue to add additional enhancements in the future.
eLearning offers a very efficient way to deliver lessons, courses, and learning modules. In eLearning, you can use videos and animations, conduct virtual sessions, share resources and web links, and conduct assessment tests for your learners. All these can be done with the click of a button. eLearning sessions and lectures can be recorded and saved for future use or reference. eLearning offers increased access and reach. It can happen in any place and at any time. It just requires a device and connectivity. Learners can access eLearning courses easily at any time from the comfort of their home. They need not travel to a physical classroom environment to attend a class or participate in a session.
These advantages made eLearning one of the safest, easiest, and effective learning and training methods during Covid times. It significantly helped impart knowledge, acquire new skills, and explore new career options for the learners. To continue the success, we all have to develop efficient and effective eLearning courses and modules in the post-Covid world.
Here are four tips for developing successful eLearning in a post-Covid world.
Focus on Creating Visually Appealing and Short Modules
During Covid, learners might get fed up with the monotonous eLearning courses with similar colors and design elements. We should focus more on creating visually appealing eLearning courses and modules to attract learners’ attraction in the post-Covid world. Appealing graphics, high-quality images, infographics, illustrations, gif animations, short videos, visual menus, animations in graphs, colorful bar diagrams, pie charts, and other statistical information can help relieve the monotony in eLearning courses. Visual elements make data and information more meaningful and beautiful. Also, they make learning more fun and less boring.
Short eLearning modules offer bite-sized learning to your learners on various concepts and topics. Each module is of 3 to 5-minute duration only. Each module is designed to meet a specific outcome or an objective. You can offer short modules as a stand-alone eLearning course or as part of a pre-defined learning path. Short modules are easy to host on the company’s LMS so that learners can access them quickly and easily.
Leverage Latest Tools and Techniques
During Covid, learners are using multiple devices to access the eLearning content. This trend will continue in the post-Covid world also. The emergence of mobile platforms like Android and iOS have accelerated the designing and development of affordable eLearning mobile apps. Smartphones have revolutionized and gave a new level to eLearning in the digital era. With the help of mobile apps, institutions, organizations, and companies now offer advanced features in eLearning to make it interesting and engaging for the learners.
Rapid authoring tools help L&D professionals to create effective eLearning courses. Authoring tools like Articulate Storyline, Claro, iSpring Suite, Lectora, Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, etc., help create eLearning courses that can run on multiple devices. All these tools offer excellent features and options to incorporate into your eLearning courses and modules. The tools help to develop adaptive output, responsive content, software simulation, or conventional eLearning course. They provide real-time collaboration and publishing as apps or on the company’s LMS.
Make Use of Latest Technologies for Creating Immersive Content
During Covid, the use of technologies like AR, VR, and AI has increased. The trend will continue in the post-Covid world also. The use of the latest technologies like Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) take eLearning to another level. With AR and VR in eLearning, learners experience natural sounds and rich visuals in a digital world. Learners can benefit from VR’s ability to make theoretical concepts into actual experiences. They help to provide a better understanding of complex concepts.
The use of AI in eLearning has transformed the quality of content delivery and assessments. AI can provide great insights into the learner’s competency level, suitable learning content, and performance in assessment. AI systems can monitor the learner’s progress and alert L&D professionals when there might be an issue with the performance. Thus, AI-driven programs could benefit both learners and L&D professionals by providing helpful feedback.
Use Gamification to Attract and Motivate Learners
During Covid, learners might get fed of the same look and feel. In such an environment, you can use gamification in eLearning applications to attract the learners to take up the course and boost motivation levels to complete the course in the post-Covid world. Levels and leaderboards motivate the learners to indulge in a sportive competition, which ultimately helps them get the conceptual knowledge or mastering their skills. Badges, stars, prizes, points, scores, and rewards motivate the learners to complete every task and level.
Gamification in eLearning is generally used with other learning strategies to increase engagement and retention of the learners. To increase the motivation level, you can use different strategies like progressing to another level, getting points, receiving badges and rewards, using progress bars, receiving real-time feedback on performance, competing with peers or other learners, being part of a story or a scenario, using avatars, etc.
eLearning has emerged as one of the safest and effective ways of providing learning and training with the pandemic. To continue the success in the post-Covid world, L&D professionals should focus more on creating engaging and bite-sized eLearning courses and modules using the latest tools and technologies.
At Tesseract Learning, our learning and visual architects constantly innovate and reinvent their approaches to design, develop, and deliver effective eLearning solutions. To learn more about how we can help you develop engaging eLearning courses and help you achieve your learning and training goals in 2021, contact us or write to me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.