Developing eLearning for remote learners.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a huge shift in the number of people now taking eLearning from home. In the past employees and students may have taken eLearning in an office or shared learning space. Now that a large amount of learning is done remotely there are some things you should consider.
1. Internet Speeds
Internet speeds are an important factor you should consider when designing and developing your eLearning courses. In the past employees and students would have taken online training using a business, school, or university internet connection and chances are this connection would be fast enough for learners to take training. However, now that large numbers of people are taking from home the speed of their internet connections can vary, if you live in a rural area or in an area where the internet is not easily accessible you may have a significantly slower internet speed than you would at an office or shared learning space. When developing an eLearning course, you should try to keep in the mind the file size of your course as learners may not be able to take it due to not being able to run it from their internet connection.
In the past eLearning was mainly taking on a PC or laptop, however today online training is taken on a wide variety of devices including tablets, laptops, and smartphones. With the large shift to remote learning, this has most likely continued as we now have a wide variety of learners using a wide variety of devices. When designing your eLearning try to consider how your training would work on a variety of devices, most authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline have functionality built-in that makes your courses responsive, however, it is important to keep this in mind when deciding on things such as how much text to include or a slide or what activities you want the learner to perform.
Another very important thing to consider is ensuring that your eLearning course is intuitive and works as intended for your learners. As large numbers of learners are taking eLearning from home there is no one to directly turn to if they get stuck. If learners encounter an issue they may have to send an email and wait for someone to respond in order to get a solution. That’s why when developing your course you should perform QA testing to ensure that navigation buttons are clearly labeled and in the same place on every slide, in addition to this try to test all the buttons and links in your course to make sure that learners can take it without any issues occurring.
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