Creating courses for your employees is now easier than ever thanks to technology. However, before you rush ahead and start blowing your budget churning out courses that no one wants to suffer through, take a look at the following reasons why eLearning courses fail with employees and what steps you can take to ensure the courses you produce are winners.
A flat introduction that fails to hook their attention
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. If your course introduction bores your employees, you’ve lost them from the start. Your introduction is your best chance to grab their attention and get them interested in learning what you want them to know.
If you want your introduction to capture their imagination, you should:
- Surprise them with a fascinating fact or statistic.
- Give them an example of the problem they are facing and then let them know you’ll help them solve it before the end of the course.
- Tell them a story of someone like themselves who struggled and overcame difficulties but went on to experience success.
Boring content that puts people to sleep
No matter what you hope to accomplish with your courses, if you fail to interest your students, they’ll retain next to no information and you can count your efforts wasted. Fortunately, with a little care, you can avoid some of the most boring offenses. Remember to:
- Keep your tone relaxed and conversational by speaking to your employees in the same tone of voice they use to talk to each other.
- Appeal to their emotions. People are more likely to form a connection with your content if you can make them feel. Laughter, sadness, curiosity, and surprise are just a few of the emotions that will keep people glued to your content.
- Use plenty of examples and tell stories. People enjoy learning more when they can actively use their imaginations to engage with the concepts being taught.
Passive lessons that don’t require any thought
Sitting through lectures, videos, and PowerPoint presentations that do nothing but unload an endless stream of dry facts on a passive listener is not likely to encourage any kind of long-term learning. You can avoid this by:
- Asking your student to solve a problem. This will get them paying attention as they search for clues in the information you’ve provided.
- Come up with interesting activities and unique assessments that require the student to actively think about what they’ve learned.
- Create a game and get everyone interacting and learning while having a little fun.
It can be tempting to want to cram as much information as possible into your courses. After all, technology has made it incredibly easy to add in all sorts of media. However, this is precisely where you should exercise caution. Loading students with too much information will have a less than desirable effect. As the students struggle to process more and more information, they will inevitably retain less. Avoid this by maintaining a tight focus on the course objective. Anything that doesn’t fall within your strict objectives must be considered irrelevant – no matter how interesting – and therefore should be discarded.
While it costs only slightly more in terms of effort to create an eLearning course that keeps your employees glued to the screen, the results are well worth it. What you want to do is produce an eLearning course that your employees enjoy because this translates into training that will remain with them long after they’ve completed the course.
Zoe Anderson is an avid blogger who writes at StudySelect – Australia’s leading education specialists. She is interested in both education and technology and the ways they can coalesce together to bolster students’ learning and career opportunities.