The most important factor that determines the success of an e-learning video is simplicity.
As underrated as it is seems, a great e-learning video is one that leaves sope for imagination;
One that is structured enough to allow the student to follow the patterns and form his own unique interpretations.
Well, on some level, you'd have to be an expert teacher to create an exceptional e-learning video.
But every teacher has been a student at some point.
So let's run you through the basic steps of creating e-learning content.
First and foremost is of course clearly marking the idea of your topic. It's important for your audience to know what they're getting into without overwhelming them with too much detail. So yes, a lot really depends on the name of the course itself. Start with what interests the learner.
Second, it's important to clearly outline the expected outcomes of this course.
What will the audience take away from this video by the end of it?
Why should they stay till the end?
It even helps to break down your video timeline into sub topics or chapters.
Just like an index, so your audience can revisit a particular section if necessary.
Now the next and the most crucial step is to really prime your audience to the content of the video. It's important to let them know of any reading material prior to the video and also prepare them to schedule their day to the format of the video.
Let them know that in the first half you would introduce them to the idea and in the second speak more practical examples.
Once you have this structure set in place, your audience will be mentally prepared to focus on the content with little distractions.
And finally when you start delivering your content, always make sure that you involve the audience in the concept, tying back to a real situation that the learner might be trying to solve. Have a singular interesting take away per topic.
Don't over simplify it, leave scope for imagination and innovation.
Now, go back to that real road problem you started with, to show them that they’ve actually learnt something,while allowing students to interact and help each other out.
Sure we're saying color inside the lines, but you could still create a whole palette of experiences.
The key is to simply keep it as real as possible.
How to make your e-learning content more engaging?
Here's a simple checklist
- Pick an interesting TITLE
- Define the course OUTCOME
- Link the reading MATERIAL
- Enable group DISCUSSIONS
- REAL-LIFE examples