• Employee Development
  • July 14, 2015

Content Design with Valamis - How to Create Engaging eLearning Experience

The benefit of eLearning is that it is independent of time and space. This makes it also flexible and cost-effective. On the other hand, it challenges the learner to focus on studying since there is no teacher around. Therefore, the learning experience should be motivating and engaging. As a result, the ones designing and creating eLearning material and platforms might find it challenging to create learning experiences that grab the learners' attention and are fun.

5 things to remember when creating eLearning experience

Whether you are a trainer, a teacher or an instructional designer, your audience requires the same: material that not only provides information but enhances learning and engages the learner. Thus, these following points should always be kept in mind when designing eLearning content:

1. Clarify learning objectives.
Make sure you are aware of what exactly should be learned. All the choices made throughout the content design process should be based on this very thing. A good way to make sure the learning objectives are clear, is to start the whole content design by defining the objectives.

2. Subject matters.
Different topics require different methods: sometimes reading and testing work, but on some occasions, it is better to make the learners think and reflect their own behavior by themselves and/or in a group. Also, consider using pictures and videos to support visual and auditory learners and to make your material more interesting.

3. Learner centricity.
Remember your learner. Who is your audience? Try to consider the material from the learners' point of view and remember their needs. Adults get engaged when they can relate to the stories and when they are given something to think about, whereas children need more interaction in order to keep their attention focused on the subject.

4. Simplicity.
Keep it simple by nice and pleasant visual style, which stays consistent and logical throughout the content. Avoid distracting the learner with too many different elements and colors and styles, and try to find the main points when providing written text. Valamis Lesson studio with its editing features provides a great tool for designing eLearning content.

5. Make it social.
Collaboration and interaction are not just for classrooms. Learners should be encouraged to share their thoughts on a discussion board, write blogs and share their knowledge in various ways. Valamis not only enables social learning but also provides analytic tools that track these activities. Besides learning together, people can learn from each other.

It's all about learning

Designing and creating great eLearning content can be challenging, but at the same time it can be fun and rewarding with all the possibilities of multi-media and visualization. The learning process is even more important than the outcome: being able to apply your new skills to real life situations is what measures the learning the best.

About The Author

Riina Siikanen, HRD Specialist, Valamis

Riina Siikanen

HRD Specialist, Valamis

Riina has several years of experience in working in L&D function. Her specialties include digital learning and learning design, as well as skill development methods. In her current position, Riina works broadly with supporting teams and supervisors and implementing new operational models. She is also responsible for Valamis’s mentoring program. Next thing she wants to learn is to create flower installations and has already signed up for ikebana class.