Have you recently bought a new LMS and need a new training program? Perhaps you want to improve customer service, or maybe keep employees up-to-date on new safety measures? Do you need this program fast? If so, then traditional e-Learning development is not the right fit for you. Instead of spending months passing information back and forth between the Subject Matter Expert (SME) to the Instruction Designer to the e-Learning Developer, place the tools for creating an e-Learning course directly into the SME’s hands with easy-to-use content authoring tools. This process of streamlining course creation is called Rapid e-Learning Development.
Rapid e-Learning Development can be as easy as beekeeping!
Have you ever kept bees? It’s simple enough. Set-up a beehive. Tend to the bees’ basic needs: food and space. Step back, let the bees do their thing. Collect honey. Profit! It’s so simple. And exactly the way you want your company’s LMS system to work out, right? Just set up the system, let the SMEs do their expert thing, and collect the honey- in this case, a well-trained workforce. But there’s more to e-Learning teaching than simply posting content to the LMS. There has to be a method. Here are some tips for helping the SME construct an effective e-Learning course.
1. Sting Learners’ Curiosity
The first thing an instructor needs, above all else, is their learners’ attention. The LMS courseware must become immediately relevant to its e-Learners.You can captivate your learners with standard classroom icebreakers- comedy, case studies, personal testimonies, current events, etc. A really great method for garnering e-Learners’ attention is through video. Think funny cat video to instill customer service values… you can usually tie even the silliest content to the subject matter in order to stimulate learning.
2. Don’t Lose Sight of the Honey
Inform learners of the training course’s objective at all opportunities. Allow the students to fully absorb your company objective so they’re able to frame what they’re learning within a broader context. Do this by including learning objectives in lecture slides, the syllabus, and in instructions for activities (such as online projects). Constantly remind learners why they’re learning what they are learning.
3. “Bee” Mindful of Old Lessons
New lessons are pointless if old lessons are already forgotten. Stimulate recall of prior learning within your course. Do this by recalling events from previous lectures in your current one. Always try to relate the new information back to the old, so that all new knowledge has a clear foundation and can continue to build in a logical fashion.
4. Gather the Pollen
Give your students the single most important tool they most need to complete the course: knowledge! The SME can just do what they do best- share their expert know-how. There’s a variety of methods to making teaching engaging, such as lectures, readings, games, projects, multimedia, etc. Don’t be afraid to get creative with content!
5. Don’t Assume Learning is Hive-Minded
Give your learners ample opportunity to practice their newly acquired knowledge in a stress-free, ungraded environment. Keep in mind that everyone learns differently. Some learners develop most through simulations; Others prefer constant quizzing; Still others do best with activities. Always mix it up. Avoid user frustration by making yourself, as the instructor, available at all times for questions, and provide feedback to your e-Learners at every step of the process.
6. Collect the Honey
Time for the e-Learners to show off their newly learned skills. That’s right, it’s testing time! Testing helps your students see which content areas they have or haven’t mastered. It’s the concrete proof of lessons learned. Provide some kind of testing at the end of each module, as well as at the end of the overall course.
7. Help the Bees Swarm
Bees are social creatures, and so are learners. Provide learners with discussion boards, where they can discuss problems pertaining to the subject matter, even after they have officially completed the course. The key here is to allow learning to continue to grow in a social context.
Now your bees are ready to make honey. You can set your SMEs to the task of using your LMS system to it’s full capabilities!
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