Boring and lifeless PowerPoint presentations or uninspiring videos can make it difficult to retain your employees’ interest in elearning courses.
That’s why Instructional Design Strategies are so important.
Instructional design strategies refer to the approaches and techniques adopted by eLearning experts in designing training course content.
The right instructional design not only helps in achieving training objectives but also engages the learners and promotes the application of the knowledge in their day-to-day duties.
Instructional Design Strategies That Make Online Learning A Better Experience
Instruction designs that evoke a sense of curiosity, interest, and motivation in learners go a long way in boosting learning effectiveness of the eLearning program.
We have highlighted four instructional design strategies with the potential to transform your learning courses.
- Make It Visually Engaging
A key strategy to draw in learners is the liberal use of imagery.
It has been scientifically proven that people absorb visual information faster - in fact, 60,000 times faster than text. That’s a clear reason for making use of infographics, animations and videos in your learning course to not only keep the learners interested but also help them understand better.
- Adopt A Storytelling Approach
Stories can bring alive training content in a manner that cannot be replicated. This approach is very effective in evoking an emotional response in learners which leads to better absorption and retention.Instructional designers can incorporate story-based learning by specific techniques like
-Using a conversational tone through the learning course
-Adding anecdotes as relevant to make the content feel more personal
-Use case studies to provide relevant context for understanding policies
-Soft skills training, Safety training, are some cases where this approach is helpful
- Give A Immersive Experience
One of the top trending techniques that instructional designers can leverage is giving learners an immersive experience.
A popular way is by adopting gamification. In this approach, game-design techniques are used to design the course. Gaming concepts like levels, bounties, and leaderboard are introduced to give learners a fun and competitive experience.
Yet another major strategy is Scenario-based learning. Here learners are placed virtually in problem-based situations requiring them to understand and practice a new skill set in a relatively risk-free environment.
Such strategies are highly impactful in cases like compliance training and Product Training.
- Enable Just In Time Learning
Just in Time learning involves giving learners short chunks of information that they can consume in a short span of time. Typically these are a 5-7 minute “bite-sized” learning modules that give the learners the necessary takeaways concisely.
This strategy is highly useful for sales training, product training
Choosing the instructional designs depends to a significant extent on the subject. Some training type is conducive to story-based learning while others do better with visual representation. The choice must be made looking at instructional efficiency.
AIMS Digital takes a scientific approach towards crafting learning courses. By focusing on instructional-sound principles, learner profiles and business requirements, we ensure the content meets your training needs effectively.