People are eager to acquire new knowledge and improve their skills, however they prefer to do it comfortably – from their home, while traveling, at the café and not in the class room. So, preparing an online course that can be used on different mobile devices is the perfect solution for both the training provider and the learners.
Such type of content can be used by both educational organizations and businesses for their corporate trainings. In the case of the latter, they need localized e-learning courses, so that the training can be provided to all of the company employees regardless of their location. Here is how this can be achieved.
5 Steps to Creating the Right E-Learning Course
In order to create a successful e-learning course, you need to follow a few important steps.
- Start from the desired result
Think about what you want to achieve with the course that you are creating. Set specific goals and consider what is the most appropriate way to achieve them. You need to determine the target audience and choose the best approach to deliver the training. You need to decide whether gamification, for example, is suitable to be included. Do you need videos and how you are going to include them? Think about the content and how it will be distributed. Keep in mind, that it is always better to present it in small chunks, rather than as one big broad topic covered in a long module.
- Break the content in modules
Once you decide on the overall content of the training, you need to simplify it. Keep the new material short, simple and to the point. In order to avoid cognitive overload, divide the content into smaller chunks of new knowledge. If you think that certain points need further clarification make sure to include links to additional materials.
- Set tasks and give feedback
In order to check the understanding of the modules, set tasks and give assignments on a regular basis. That way, you can check the progress of the learners and make adjustments if needed. Give feedback and listen to what the learners have to say as well.
- Avoid overloaded design
The screen should not be overloaded with too much information or too many elements. Keep in mind that the course may be viewed on a tablet or even a smartphone and still the learner should be able to see everything clearly. Avoid long sentences, use bullet points and don’t be afraid of white space.
- Think well about multimedia
Images, animation, videos and sound make the learning module much more interactive and interesting, however they make it a bit harder to load and demand more resources. When you are creating a course that should be compatible with all devices you need to stay away from some elements so that the learning experience can be pleasant for all users. Here is what to avoid:
- Flash or other formats that are not compatible with all devices
- Images and multimedia that are too large
- Large files – you can include them as links that can be accessed at a later stage
- Sound – it is ok to have sound as long as it is not the only source of information. Even when you include a video, it is a better idea to have subtitles (that is also easier for translation and localization)
What Should you Localize?
Localization is very important for the overall success of the e-learning course across different audiences. While it is clear that the text needs to be properly translated and that the right references and examples need to be used, there are also a few elements that should be included in the localization process in order to provide the learners with an even better experience:
- Assessments and quizzes
- Graphics, charts and the like
- Navigation buttons and cursor movements (especially for languages like Arabic, Chinese, etc.)
The devil is in the detail, so make sure that you have paid attention to all the small elements. This will make a difference to your learners.
The Importance of the Authoring Tool
Last but not least, if you want to create a great e-learning course that is compatible with all mobile devices, you need the right authoring tool. Make sure that the tool you have selected allows you to translate and localize content. Do not rely only on the description of the product, do test it. Most companies offer free trial periods. The right authoring tool facilitates the overall course design, gives you access to a library of items, such as icons, images, characters, etc.
If your goal is to create a course compatible with all mobile devices, then you need to use an authoring tool that will allow you to do that from the very beginning. Articulate 360 (link to article Articulate Storyline 360: Better Options for E-learning Translation) is one such tool. It features the app Storyline 360, which allows the creation of online courses that are responsive to all mobile devices. You need no further tweaking once the course is designed, since the responsive player adapts to the screen of the tablet or the smartphone and automatically adjusts size, orientation, etc. With such a tool, you can achieve your goal to create localized training for all mobile devices with ease.
The proper creation and localization of e-learning is very important for reaching a broader audience and achieving the desired results. The methods used for the course design can vary depending on the purpose of the modules or the target audience. Following the latest tendencies in the industry is one of the ways to achieve greater demand for the course you have designed. Localizing it is the key to reaching the learners in the most appropriate way. Combining them both and adapting the course to be used on all mobile devices is how you create the best course on the market.