In any aspect of your life, you need a right game plan or a strategy to accomplish anything. And the same is applicable in eLearning content design and development for corporate training.
When an eLearning program is designed perfectly with proper instructional design strategies, then it has what it takes to bring out solutions to the general problems faced in eLearning courses and programs, and hence it helps in putting the best possible impact on the audience.
An instructional strategy is an action illustration or a process to help people in the course of their learning alacrity. It includes introducing the learners to various learning and training devices, techniques, resources, and learning theories, that can serve many objectives.
But to frame out these learner-centered instructional strategies for online training or eLearning, one must first analyze the learning requirements, the profiles of all the learners or students or trainees and the desired learning outcomes.
In this article, we will have a look at some solutions to certain problems of instructional design strategies which can enhance anyone’s online training experience. A simple content based training or learning program can be made to put the highest degree of impact on its audience by simply adopting the most appropriate and enhanced instructional design strategies.
Mentioned below are some proven enhanced instructional design strategies
that have helped numerous training firms in their eLearning design and development journey.
STORY BASED LEARNING:
The main challenge for instructional designers as well as for the trainers is to keep the audience intrigued and hooked. And the key or solution to this bugaboo is nothing but keeping the whole eLearning content story-based. It is well known by all of us that storytelling is the most powerful means to grasp the audience and learner’s attention by forming an emotional, engaging and a visceral learning and training environment. It serves as the solution to various problems like narratives, plots, and messages, by providing us with strong narratives, interesting, refreshing and captivating plots, along with an impactful message.
Creating story based eLearning: constructing interesting story-based eLearning content involves the following:
- Drawing your story all around the content helps make it more relevant and to-the-point.
- There should be use of conversational account or narration, in order to make the learners more comfortable, so that there is a one-on-one talk or conversation between the trainer and the trainee.
- In order to keep the audience’s mind engaged, a conflict should also be created.
SCENARIO BASED LEARNING:
It is a really common and useful learning and training strategy, which along with enhancing learner involvement, gives them an opportunity to alter their decisions like behavioral and performance-related ones. Putting interactive scenarios to learners takes them to real-life challenging situations, and hence it simply promotes their natural responses to come out and get expressed in the most organic way. In this manner, the critical thinking and problem solving skills of all the learners are put to test and practice.
It is a new and evolving strategy, which does full justice to the word ‘enhancement’. The reason being simple, that this strategy is designed to provide just-in-time action support to reinforce what was just taught in a formal corporate training before. Microlearning can be a 5-7 minute learning nugget that provides you content with all the key points required.
Another trending strategy among all the eLearning and training firms is Gamification. It actually refers to the use of game-frame techniques in non-game context. Involving gamification strategy takes the learners involvement and engagement to another level with higher retention of the content and better performance too.
Incorporating these enhanced instructional design strategies in eLearning and corporate training can help one improve the presentation of the whole content, thereby taking audience engagement and acknowledgement to the next level.