You have an idea for an e-course and maybe some content (i.e. blog posts, notes, video or an e-book to pull apart). But you wonder….
Here are three categories I believe will make a great course.
- Your course needs to be laid out well making it easy to find the content and follow the direction of the course. Getting lost or confused hinders learning.
- Active learning is much more effective than passive learning. Get students to do something with the content. Don’t make courses that are just talking heads reading slides – ugh!
Long entries of text is not popular anymore with people wanting chunked content, rich media like videos, and visually appealing environments. So much can be expressed in images or shared with audio.
There are a number of strategies to create a navigable e-course. There is the technical layout of accessing the content, and there is the structural layout of the lessons and content. Both are vital. Here are tools to help with both:
Regardless if we facilitate the course or it’s a self-study version we need to consider how to make them active learners. No more talking heads reading slides! See how I engage students in my e-course (Your Great & Gorgeous E-Course) Consider these ideas and tools:
Not only are visual courses more appealing but multimedia can be strategically used to display content in clever and educational ways that avoids too much text.