5 tips to tweak your online training to different levels

Evie Schellens

The job is done! You created a great online training. The learning goals and user examples look good and you have turned all the content into appealing learning activities. But you want more. Basic training is amazing, yet it does not include everyone. Some people might need more of a challenge and you want to be able to differentiate them without having to create two completely new training courses. Well, this is possible, and, thanks to smart technology, very easy! With these 5 tips you can tweak your basic training to different levels in no time.

#1Make use of smart tools in the learning platform

One of the main advantages of online learning is that it only takes a few clicks of the mouse to differentiate by level within your learning platform. This is often called personalised learning, or adaptive learning. For example, there are tools that measure the user’s level while they are answering exam questions, and base the difficulty of the next question on their measured level. Questions that are too easy are skipped, and those that are too difficult are avoided. The goal is to keep the user in a great learning zone.

#2 Divide your online training in ‘need to know’ and ‘nice to know’

Your basic training should consist of ‘need to know’ content. This is information, knowledge, or skills that you really want your students to have. However, it would be a shame if your potential high flyers miss out on more information than just the basis. This is why you could create pop-up fields that a user can go to for more in depth information on a particular topic, or you can offer bonus material when someone achieves a certain score. Working with a point or badge system also enables the opportunity to ‘unlock’ content. Thus, ambition should be powered!

#3 Develop evaluation assignments and test moments on 3 levels

 The evaluation assignments and test moments that are included in your basic training can easily become easier or more difficult. For example, you can offer people tools when they are doing the tests, or you can decide against that. Is the user allowed to go back to information given in the training, or should they memorise everything? An open question is more difficult than a multiple choice one, and do you give five answer options or only two? Do you expect a response on the discussion board, or do you want to receive an essay? Do you show them a 3 or 12-minute instructional video? The assignment or exam question is also easily adjustable. “Name a capital in Europe” is a simple question, while “name a European capital in which the NAVO has met before” is much more difficult already.

#4 Play with pace and learning formats in your online training

An important aspect that can make your training easier and harder is pace. How fast do you want someone to go through the material? Do you give them smaller parts that are easy to digest or do you dare to offer the content faster and therefore with more excess? Pace can also be an independent requirement within the training. For example, the training should be completed within a certain amount of time, or the tests and evaluation assignments have to be made with a timer. You can also play with the learning formats. Do you offer them a lot of instructional videos, or do they have to select the relevant information from documents? How many times do you repeat it? And is it possible to exchange information with other users, or not?

#5 Text, text, text

Finally, you chose a certain level for the texts in your basic training. Do you mostly use short to medium length sentences and no terminology? Do you use supporting images (which is always a good idea), or do you limit the texts to a minimum? A text is difficult when the sentences become more complex and include professional terminology. You stop explaining every single thing and repeat information less and less. More variety in your texts means that your users are asked to spot connections themselves, which makes it more challenging.

 

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