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7 Ways to create Personalised eLearning courses

Each of us is unique and so is the way we learn. The mental techniques and pace our minds use to pick up new skills and learnings are beautifully distinct to each of us. This is true for online learning as it is for offline learning. Even as e-learning provides a new way of skill building, it becomes all the more effective when tailored to the needs and goals of its individual users. When designing e-learning modules, it’s important to keep the online learner in mind at all times. Online learners must feel in control of their learning experiences. They should be able to choose for themselves their learning paths and goals.

You can make online learning exciting by imbibing personalised training pathways in designing e-learning. This is an approach to e-learning where you recognise the individuality of your learners and cater to it. You can include activities, resources, assessments and milestones that a user can customise to their preferences. This means each online learner will have his or her own personalised experience. Here are some ways in which you can incorporate personalised training pathways when building e-learning modules

1 - Understand Your Online Learner

To personalise an online learning module, you have to first understand your learners. Rely on research and personal interviews to speculate what tech-tools will be apt for your e-learning module. Understand as in any business, who are the different kinds of learners you are communicating to. This will help you personalise your e-learning module to address these multiple personas and help them in achieving their goals.   

2 - Add Assessments Along the Way  

Online learning is about realising what one knows and what one wants to achieve with e-learning. You need to add pre-assessment tools in the initial phase of your learning module so as to gauge the current knowledge level of your learners. This way, the learner understands the gaps in knowledge and can proceed with their e-learning accordingly.

It is also extremely crucial that throughout the e-learning process, a user is able to self-assess how well they are doing and get a sense of their progress regularly. Based on these assessments they can seek additional resources or decide to repeat a part of the learning to gain confidence. Along with assessments, active and immediate feedback must be part of the learning module to help the learner rectify errors.

3 - Create Branching Scenarios

 Providing branching scenarios is a great way to personalise online learning. This tool lets an online learner choose his routes in various scenarios. These scenarios can have real life settings or include feature characters to weave a story. The learner wonders what he or she would do in these situations and makes choices towards solving a problem. With each choice, the learner creates a new path of learning unique to them.  

4 - Set Necessary Milestones

In order to stay motivated through an e-learning course provide your user clear and realistic milestones. They must be able to identify their progress and decide their path towards their learning goals. Incorporate different paths to reach these milestones so that different users can determine where they are at. Milestones also provide clues to what changes in the learning path maybe necessary to achieve a goal.

5 - Diversify Learning Resources

Personalised training paths must provide options for learners with different learning styles. Pack your e-learning course with as a gamut of resources to choose from – include text based modules, but make sure you also have podcasts, videos, presentations and posters for more auditory and visual learners. The online learner should be able to use one or a combination of these resources to suit their learning style. Add options for online discussions and social interactions that can help those who like to learn collaboratively.

6 - Make Real Life Connections

The point of e-learning particularly for corporate employees is that the skills learnt must be used eventually. Therefore, when you are designing your e-learning, make sure to use pragmatic examples and scenarios at every step of the way. Remind the learner at various points of the module, such as self-assessment stages and milestones, what areas of life the skills they have learnt will be relevant for. Incorporating case studies, online group collaborations, webinars and online training simulations can link online learning and real life. 

7 - Use Gamification Tools  

The extent of involvement online games see is extraordinary. While an e-learning module cannot be converted into a game, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be as much fun. Using names of users throughout the learning process is a small personalising touch you can add. You can also give users the option of creating and using avatars of themselves as they navigate the world of information. Incentives such as rewards, gift cards, points, badges etc. given to learners can excite them into a deeper engagement in the e-learning process.

As an instructional designer, you can use the above tools to create effective storyboards for your e-learning modules. Once you’ve designed a thorough course and your strategy is in place, reach out to us at Gaja Digital. eLearning development is our expertise, we can do it for you efficiently and at an affordable price. You can learn more about our work here.

Elizabeth Raj | Blogger

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