Delivering online training can be overwhelming if you are unsure where to begin. You may have a great online platform for your course, but need help creating some interactive, relevant course material.
With these 5 simple tips, you’ll be on your way to successful, effective online training in no time.
1. Practice and prepare.
Take plenty of time building your course content and putting it online, don’t rush. If you do rush through your course, it is likely that your students will notice. Be sure to practice and prepare a script for any video or audio recordings. You can never prepare too much.
2. Keep it relevant.
You may have tons of course content, however, if it isn’t relevant to the course subject, then it is useless to your students. Be sure the material taught in your course is up-to-date and applicable to the learner. Connect with the user about how this material can apply outside of the virtual classroom with examples as well. Online education is proven to increase knowledge retention by 25-60%, so keep that information relevant!
3. Engage your audience.
A great way to engage students from the moment they register for your course is by creating a pretest or survey. Keep in mind, it is important that your students engage throughout the entire course, not just at the beginning or end. Assessments, assignments, and file downloads can be helpful tools for engagement. According to a recent IBM report, companies who utilize eLearning tools can boost productivity by up to 50% through learner engagement.
4. Make goals for yourself and your students.
What are you designing your course for? How are you going to achieve your goal? Make a goal and create a plan to successfully deliver your course. Don’t just make a goal for yourself – make a goal for your students as well, and share with them via a course outline or syllabus. Your students will be thankful and more successful with your guidelines. According to a recent study from certifyne.net, 23% of employees leave their jobs due to a lack of opportunity for development and training. Creating simple goals throughout your online training is an easy way to prevent this loss.
5. Keep your content fresh.
Your material should be refreshed regularly with the latest events, research, ideas, and links. Consider collaborating with guest speakers and build your credibility by adding new course material on a regular basis. You can repurpose your old material, but make sure the content is still relevant with time.
With these 5 tips for building effective online training, you and your students can become more successful. What tips do you have for building an online course?
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