When last we met, we discussed the fine art of beginning an eLearning course. Now that you’ve begun your course, you must learn how to finish a course. After all, the most important part of flying a plane is actually landing the thing. If you don’t have a successful landing, can you really call it a successful flight?
Here’s a few common ways to bring a course home:
When you begin a course, you outline the course objectives and give the learner a bit of an idea of what to expect. Reviewing the basics of the material is a smart way of capping things off. Just make sure you are not repeating what you’ve already said verbatim. That gets redundant really quick. That gets redundant really quick. When you recap the course, try to rephrase your bullet points so that gets the learner tackling the concept from multiple angles.
Test your learner’s knowledge by quizzing them. This is where the rubber actually meets the road and the learner puts their new skills to use. Try to make the questions correlate to the main bullet points of your material. If it’s of little consequence, don’t build it up to be a crucial element of the material. You can include some of the more granular details but make sure that the learner will actually be enriched by what you’re quizzing them on.
Gamification has become a staple of the eLearning environment. Many games lend themselves well to the end of a course, as they are basically quizzes with game mechanics built in. Others do a good job of simulating the the skills you’ve just learned. For instance, you could end cooking course with a click-and-drag simulation of a kitchen where you put a meal together by moving ingredients around with your mouse.
Some games are just that. Games. No educational or instructional value; just a reward for making it through the course. While there’s nothing wrong with this, and they often work as a nice carrot to dangle in front of your learners, they shouldn’t become the key feature of the course. When you use them, keep them short and try if you can to make them fit the theme of the course, so it’s not such a jarring transition.
Set up metrics in your course that keep track of the learners’ knowledge retention and performance. If a learner doesn’t meet the criteria for passing the course, give them feedback at the end to let them know what went wrong and what they can do better in the future. It’s also important to include praise wherever it’s due. Getting nothing but negative feedback is discouraging for many people, so try to nourish the good while you’re weeding out the bad.
And that, my friends, is how you end an eLearning course. Now if I could just end this blog post… Ooh! How about…