6 Tips to Help You Give Instructions on How to Use an ELearning Course
In the past, not everyone used or owned a computer, so when someone came in contact with one, they had to be taught everything, starting from the basics.
The same is true for elearning courses. When these started appearing, logically people had to be told how to use them, because they hadn’t been in contact with something like it before. Nevertheless, today it is a different story.
Almost everyone today owns a computer and knows the meaning of the symbols and icons, and also, most e-learning courses have a similar structure, making it easy to know what to do. So, it seems kind of a waste of time to include a fast course on how to navigate the course you created.
Most courses though, have this fast navigation course included; however, it could be easily removed or shortened. In many cases, the navigation is obvious, and you can make the learners’ experience a lot smoother by taking advantage of these 6 tips to get rid of an unnecessary fast course:
1. Remove navigation directions
Do you think you would have problems figuring out how to play a video on your computer? Could it be hard to find the ‘play’ button or forward arrow?
No, right? Everyone knows how to do this; you don’t have to teach people what they already know.
2. Respect the standards
You don’t have to make everything different on every course you create. You can be creative with the look and feel, but respect the structure standards that everyone knows.
In this way, your learners will know where everything is and how to look for help, and it allows them to center on the content of the course.
3. Offer clear directions if your navigation is different
In a perfect world, your course’s navigation would be intuitive and should not need extensive guidance; however, if you make something different, be certain to offer clear directions.
4. Give punctual directions
If you have to give directions, why not give them the instant they are needed instead of offering 30 navigation tips at the beginning all-together?
5. Create an optional fast course
If you feel you have to offer some kind of guidance because some clients will expect it, try adding a help link where they can go if they need assistance, instead of making everyone go through a fast course in advance.
6. Reflect on your learners’ needs
Getting rid of the fast course is a very appealing option; however, you have to think about your learners’ needs. If your audience has no experience with computers, you have to make it as easy as possible for them to take the course. In this case, respecting the standards and giving very accurate punctual directions, may be all you need.