Many organisations have an online academy. The adding of content in form of, for example, e-learnings is of course essential to make a success of your academy. It happens more and more that this content is created by the organisation itself and not by a learning & development professional. Where do you start creating an e-learning? Which options do you have concerning content forms and how do you create a good e-learning? We provide tips about creating e-learnings.

Learning goals as a start for your e-learning

It’s time to get started in your online academy! You will establish an e-learning module about a certain topic. The knowledge and ideas are all there, but where and how do you start?

We advise to start by formulating the learning goals. What do you want the user to have learned at the end of your e-learning? Working with learning goals as a start for your e-learning has various advantages:

  • People like to know what they can expect. Learning goals ensure them practicing targeted.
  • Formulating learning goals offers you a framework of the complete e-learning. It gives you an overview. You can see the bigger image and the red thread running through your e-learning. Filling it in will go much easier this way.
  • You maintain the grip and focus on the end result. When deciding on something you continuously ask yourself: does this contribute to the learning goal I want to achieve?
  • Most of the online learning platforms work with learning goals. By using those you optimally use the possibilities the platform offers.

Tips for creating an e-learning

Keep the following factors in mind while creating an e-learning:

  1. Learning goals
    As discussed above: set your learning goals beforehand. Convenient for determining your structure and preventing yourself from sharing all your knowledge out of enthusiasm. By continuously testing if it ties in with your learning goals you prevent an overload of less relevant information.
  2. Directly applicable knowledge
    Focus on the applicability in the practice. Using cases and recognisable examples you’ll accomplish that the participants stay interested.
  3. Hold the attention
    Holding the attention of the participants doesn’t work with long, theoretical explanations. Build your lessons short and insightful. 30 short lessons favour 10 longer versions. Besides, vary your sorts of content.
  4. Consistent, professional look
    It’s important that your learning hub looks professional. An appealing look invites to undertake action compared to a messy one.
  5. Group feeling
    E-learnings are first of all focused on the individual. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything in a group. Offer users the possibility to see how far fellow students are and what they’ve produced. Or stimulate them to share work and provide each other with feedback.
  6. Testing knowledge
    You’re participants are often working solo. That’s why it’s important to provide them with enough grip: ‘Am I on the right track?’. Let your participant make various assignments and tests during the online training. After receiving feedback your student can continue confidently. Moreover, it works motivating to experience that you manage the covered subjects.

Content forms for e-learnings

Vary in the content forms of your e-learnings. You can choose from various forms, such as:

  • Articles
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • Infographics
  • Videos
  • Case studies
  • Whitepapers
  • Websites
  • Social media
  • Games or quizzes

How do you write content for an online learning hub?

Writing content for an online learning hub isn’t always easy. Irrespective of the didactic knowledge you often need to set up a good, effective e-learning, it’s also important that your texts are well put together. A few things you should keep in mind while writing content for an e-learning are:

  • Adjust your language use to your reader
  • Ensure a good readability using paragraphs and subheadings
  • Write actively, avoid verbs such as shall, must, can and become.
  • Give your content a good title.

Video use in e-learnings

 We daily consume billions of videos. A logical step is to give video an important role in your online learning hub and e-learnings. Our brains love moving images. We hold our attention most easily during real conversations in which you notice the tone of the voice and the non-verbal communication. That’s what video is all about. It combines texts, images and sounds to create an attractive learning hub and it increases the involvement of your users. You can use various sorts of videos in your e-learnings. A few ideas:

  1. Short interviews
    Use a short interview for example to convey the ‘best practices’ and advice by sharing relevant personal anecdotes and experiences, followed by learned lessons.
  2. Onboarding videos
    Using videos, you can let experienced colleagues tell about the do’s and don’ts in a company. In short videos of a few minutes you can let them share their experiences and give advice. This way, the new employee also meets their colleagues. In terms of onboarding and meeting each other you can also excellently make use of a video tour. A virtual tour for your users through the company or education centre will increase the involvement.
  3. Testimonials
    Show how other students apply the learning content in practice by recording a testimonial and letting them tell how they’ve experienced the education.
  4. Instructions and demos
    Use videos to introduce new systems or processes and to immediately offer a convenient digital manual. By showing users how something works, they can take it up quicker themselves.
  5. Animation videos
    Animations also work good for explaining for example processes or difficult subjects. You display a complex subject in a fun and light-hearted way, which increases the chance on remembering it.

Why knowledge of the brain is important while creating e-learnings

When you develop the learning content in your online learning hub with the functioning of the brain kept in mind, you’ll be able to create better learning experiences. We give 8 tips for your e-learning, based on neurosciences, which will help you with this.

  1. Start with the most important information
  2. Use contrasts
  3. Present something new every 15 minutes
  4. Address multiple senses
  5. Make use of recognition
  6. Divide the content in smaller bits (chunking)
  7. Create associations
  8. Repeat in the right manner