At this strange time when many of us are learning online rather than face to face, what are some ways of creating engaging online courses? Here are some quick tips.
Make sure you know the knowledge, skills and expertise of your audience before creating your online course. Consider their age, their education levels and their proficiency in English for example. You can then tailor your content based on this information.
Use titles which are eye catching. In your text use bold fonts and different colours to create variety.
Try not to suffocate the audience with content. Where possible, break the content into small, bite size sections which are easier to digest. Try to do a mixture of text, images, video and audio. Remember that your goal is to keep the audience engaged.
By using an emotionally driven approach, you will enhance the audience’s memory so that they retain the information. Use techniques such as storytelling and scenarios to illustrate discussion points. Use current examples if possible.
Use games, multi media and other interactive devices to keep your audience engaged. Show them how the training can be used in the real world.
Encourage online discussions between participants. Also, give them opportunities to apply their knowledge and make mistakes in a risk free environment. This could be done through online quizzes.
It was Confucius who once said: “I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand”. By making your courses as interactive as possible, you are helping your audience to apply and understand your content.