Tutorial Design For Fast eLearning: 6 Wonderful Methods
Instruction design strategies that fit perfectly with fast eLearning
Just because fast eLearning is about developing courses quickly doesn’t mean it compromises on lesson design. We have some great new age teaching strategies to help you create engaging eLearning courses using fast eLearning.
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6 instruction design strategies for immersive eLearning
Learning happens best when it provides the right context and encourages learners to act. Scenario-based eLearning provides learners with the said context in the form of simulated job-related situations in which learners have to assess a situation, use the information available to them and make the best possible choice in order to solve the problem. It helps learners with situational awareness, critical thinking, and decision making.
Scenarios are very useful for conveying topics where there are no right or wrong actions. They also help bring about behavioral changes in learners. Soft skill and compliance training are good examples of where scenarios can be used as a teaching strategy.
2. Guided learning
The guided learning strategy uses a “coach / mentor” along with voice overs. This coach / mentor (who can be a senior, manager, or anyone else with whom the learner can identify in a professional context) essentially takes on the role of a virtual instructor and guides the learner through the course.
3.Learning through exploration and discovery (LEAD)
This learning strategy uses a learning “journey” map to give learners the freedom to explore the course at their own pace. Pictures and / or symbols are used on the map as visual indicators to show learners their progress and the goal ahead.
It’s a very effective strategy for onboarding training where learners need to know a lot of information (all equally important) and can afford to choose their own learning path.
When scenarios give learners a context similar to their work environment, they are mimicked through simulations in a virtual environment. This high-level learning strategy helps learners gain hands-on experience in a risk-free environment. Most software training courses are simulation-based.
Authoring tools help develop simulations in 3 phases – Watch, Try, Do.
- In the ‘Watch’ phase, learners are shown how to perform various tasks in software with instruction callouts.
- In the “try it out” phase, the learners carry out the steps independently, supported by prompts and instructions.
- In the “Do” phase, the learners carry out the steps without instructions.
5. Tell stories
Storytelling is one of the most widely used teaching strategies in eLearning. The essence of storytelling lies in its ability to connect emotionally with learners, build empathy, and make even the most boring training topic interesting. Case studies and comic strips are the best examples of storytelling in eLearning.
Case studies are a detailed account of a situation or a person’s experience in solving a particular problem / situation. Comic strips do the same, albeit with a more informal and humorous tone.
Gamification is another very popular teaching strategy used in eLearning courses. It involves the use of game elements – points, levels, rewards, timers – to enable effective knowledge transfer, build an emotional connection, evoke learner responses, encourage competition, and retain knowledge longer. It’s a popular edutainment tool that brings fun and learning together for a more engaging learning experience.
All of these curriculum design strategies can be easily integrated into fast eLearning courses thanks to authoring tools. Authoring tools provide templates and asset libraries of images, symbols, characters (in various poses), backgrounds, and more. Tools like iSpring have built-in functions (like TalkMaster) to easily create scenarios. Adobe Captivate is a safe way to improve simulations.
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