May 6, 2015

What should you expect from the e-Learning courseware you purchase?

First of all, it should be a complete training system providing everything needed to run a comprehensive training program, including:  pre-tests, lesson menus, short teaching segments, simulations, and post-tests.

The courseware design should be so easy to use that trainees can access content readily.

The performance objectives must be clearly stated so that the trainee can understand exactly what is being taught.

Integral should be an administrative and report-generating capability,with a seamless transition to your LMS.

The learning should be individually paced with trainees controlling their own path through the lesson.  They should be free at any time to skip over material they already understand, or repeat any portions for better comprehension.

And when a question is answered incorrectly, extra instruction should be provided to ensure that the trainee understands the material before proceeding.

With well-designed online training, learning takes place through interaction and involvement with the multiple media presentation (video and graphic animations).

In addition, even trainees with poor reading skills can learn effectively as long as the courseware comes complete with optional word-for-word audio capability.

The instructional design should be based on short segments and trainees must demonstrate that they understand each concept before moving on to the next.

Feedback should be immediate and the information presented should be, “need to know.”

The training should be conveyed through a realistic job environment (actual plant video or well designed graphic simulations) in order for the trainees to seamlessly transfer the learning from the screen to the job.

The design of effective online instruction is based on the principle that people first learn by seeing, in real time, the skills being performed.  Then, they practice performing those skills via interactive simulations in order to fortify what they have learned.

Finally, their knowledge is tested —- again, via interactive simulations of the activity.

This constant practice helps increase learning and better on-the-job performance —- which is, after all, what we are all striving to achieve!.

More on Monday – – –

— Bill Walton, co-Founder  ITC Learning

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