5 Best Practices for Offering Online Courses
We used to learn in classrooms, sitting in rows of desks and chairs, all staring at one person in the distance. This process was mostly a one-way channel, always in one place at a specific time. With eLearning, the classroom disappears and the audience is always in the front row with the instructor. The users can access the content anytime and anywhere. But, with the multitude of material and courses that has filled the internet, you want your courses to stand out and be seen. In order to do that, your course needs to be polished and use the best platform and tools. Follow the simple guide below and you will be more than ready.
1. Have clear learning objectives for courses
A course is only as good as its objectives. Too general and the material will miss the target, and your audience will confuse what is important and what you are trying to say. Be clear. Be Concise. Focus on what is vital, and your goal will be like a well shot arrow, true to the mark.
2. Build a supportive learning community
One of things that has made the internet such a thriving place to communicate and learn is that communities have been built around almost every subject. You need to be able to foster that connection, encourage that communication. This can be done easily through discussion boards and forums that are easy to manage and are built directly into your platform. Also, your encouragement to your audience to join in the conversation must be constant, as they need to know that tool exists in order to use it.
3. Use video for course development
Online courses need video content. It is that simple. Video is engaging, because it is visual and audible. With video you can show step by step complex ideas and how they come together as a whole. The presenter can be front and center for the audience and take them whereever they need to go. Nothing compares to keeping an audience attention than video
4. Choose an easy to navigate learning platform
Many platforms are based on out-of-date technology and thinking. They are known for being clunky, obtrusive, and difficult to navigate. The platform you choose should be as simple to navigate as possible, while giving the user everything they could need to successfully complete and enjoy their course. The platform should organize the content into modules, where video is interspersed with quizzes, and resource documents. It should allow the user to naturally follow the course without issue.
5. Add feedback and evaluate mechanisms
The best way to improve, is to build feedback into your course. Surveys and evaluations can point you to what topics are lacking, or which are being covered too heavily. With this user feedback built into your eLearning, it is easy to improve your course, and better target the audience you want to capture. This feedback can also be gathered with advance reporting that shows you how each segment is being completed, how users are progressing, or where they are getting stuck.