3 Ways to Win at Online Course Design

So you’ve stockpiled a ton of great content, but you’re not sure where to start when it comes to shaping that content into an engaging course for employee training. These three tips will set you on the right path.

For more info on designing online courses:

ONE

Video Is Supreme Overlord

Research overwhelmingly shows that learners prefer video to other e-learning mediums. Keep your videos between two and four minutes long. (Whoever said overlords can’t be short? It’s time to challenge traditional standards of overlord beauty.)

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TWO

Images Keep Things Interesting

Adding relevant images can break text into more manageable, memorable chunks and can help create an emotional response. On a related note, don’t overwhelm your learners with too much text. Like this sentence, for example, which isn’t necessary at all.

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THREE

Short Courses Are Smart Courses

Delivering training in smaller segments makes e-learning more digestible and keeps learners from burning out. (It prevents course authors from burning out, too.) Pro tip: Online training should be short enough for employees to complete during a coffee break.

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Published August 2016 by Instructure, Inc.
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Corporate Training + Cognitive Science:
5 Ways to Make Information Stick

FIRST, SOME BAD NEWS:

Employees don’t retain information for long, let alone apply it in their work.

NOW, THE GOOD NEWS:

These five simple instructional design principles will improve your corporate learning outcomes.

ONE

LESS IS MORE: SHORTER VIDEOS MAKE HAPPIER EMPLOYEES.

One study showed that, when consuming video, our attention spans cap out at 6 to 9 minutes (at best). That’s science telling us to make shorter videos.

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Preliminary EdX Video Engagement Findings Videos grouped by length Analysis by Philip Guo ([email protected]) 0-3 Minutes 3-6 Minutes 6-9 Minutes 9-12 Minutes 12-15 Minutes 15-40 Minutes Certificate-earning students All other students Median time spent watching video (minutes) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

TWO

KNOW THE BRAIN’S LIMITATIONS: OUR EYES AND EARS DON’T LIKE FIGHTING OVER SCRAPS.

Dual-Channel Theory

Eyes Working Memory Ears WORDS Eyes Working Memory Ears WORDS PICTURES
Eyes Working Memory Ears WORDS Eyes Working Memory Ears WORDS PICTURES

THREE

POSE PROBLEMS, NOT ANSWERS: TEST THAT KNOWLEDGE.

Scientific research has shown repeatedly that tests and similar challenges help us retain knowledge better than just studying.

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Roediger, H.L. & Karpicke, J.D. (2006). Test-enhanced Learning: Taking memory tests improves long-term retention. Psychological Science, 17(3), 249-255. AFTER EVERYONE STUDIED FOR 7 MINUTES THEY... FINAL TEST TOOK PLACE AFTER... 5 Min 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 2 Days 1 Week Studied more Took a practice test FACTS RECALLED

FOUR

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE: REPEATED APPLICATION HELPS PEOPLE REMEMBER STUFF.

The Forgetting Curve

E.g. Schrater, Daniel. (2001). The seven sins of memory: How the mind forgets and remembers. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Learning TIME KNOWLEDGE RETENTION Forgetting

FIVE

BAIT THE HOOK: NO ONE LIKES BORING THINGS.

If we’re bored, we don’t listen. That’s just a proven fact according to research. And the longer we’re bored, the further our minds drift.

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Medina, John. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work. Home, and School. Pear Press, 2009 5 HIGH LOW 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 Subjective measureof attention Minutes of class

Published July 2016 by Instructure, Inc.
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