Remote learners and eLearning

Technology is integrated with our daily lives more than ever and eLearning is no exception to this. Now that large numbers of students and working professions are learning from home it is important that your eLearning can meet the needs of remote learners. Below are some things you should consider when creating eLearning for remote learners.


1. Devices


Traditionally eLearning was taken on a desktop computer via a web browser. However, as more and more people are taking courses and learning remotely there is a wide variety of devices that learners could be taking training on, such as smartphones, laptops and tablets. As a result, it is important when designing your training to keep in mind the screen sizes of these devices and how your learners are interacting with the device. For example, if the learners taking training on a smartphone they will have a much smaller screen size and will interact with on-screen buttons differently compared to someone that is using a desktop computer with a monitor.


2. Connection Speeds


Another important thing to consider is the connection speed that your learners will have. In the past most learners would have taken eLearning from an office or school and as a result there is a good chance they would have access to a high speed internet connect. However, if learners are taking training from home they might not have a high-speed internet connection, particularly if they live in rural areas. As a result, try to keep in mind the file size of your course is, if you are using a lot of videos or other media it can make the file size of your course become very large and as a result it might be difficult for learners to load on slower connections.


3. Testing


Before deploying your eLearning course it is important that you test all the elements in your course to make sure everything works as indented. When learners take eLearning courses at the office or in school there is most likely a technical specialist who they can turn to if they have an issue. However, at home this isn’t possible and learners may need to email or call someone for assistance if they get stuck which can result in a lot of lost time. To avoid this, try and make sure you test that all of the elements in your course works, for example checking that any external links work and navigation elements to go the indented pages.

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