Teaching online involves all the difficulties of teaching in person, with a few extra wrenches thrown in. Navigating the path of online learning can sometimes be rough, so the makers of the handy infographic below put together ten ‘links’ that make the ‘chain of e-Learning’ to help guide you on the online teaching path.
These ten ‘links’ are basically some step by step tips to ensure that your teaching time is well-planned, dynamic, efficient, and effective. Many of these carry over to the physical classroom as well, so don’t skip over them just because you’re not teaching online (for now!).
10 Tips For Effective eLearning
- Start With A Bang: Good eLearning courses have great beginnings – say icebreaker questions, case studies, etc.
- Set Measurable Goals: State the learning objectives before the lessons begin. Your learning content should meet these objectives.
- Add Instructions: Help learners navigate the mechanics of the online course with clear, concise instructions.
- Keep The Content Conversational: Conversational style tends to improve learning. Use the first or second person to keep the content familiar.
- Use Assessments: Instead of just assessing their memorization skills, make sure to assess them in context, too.
- Minimize Distractions: Avoid eye candy and overuse of decorative graphics, fonts, etc.
- Interactive Isn’t Always Better: Not every page needs to be interactive – a good rule of thumb is every third page, maximum.
- Follow Usability Guidelines: The structure and flow of your course shouldn’t need to be different than in a physical classroom.
- Use Content ‘Chunks': Organize related content together on one screen, keeping the learner’s attention focused on one topic at a time.