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Simple Makeover Tips to Improve Your Manufacturing ELearning Courses

Virtually any eLearning course can be improved. Before you go into full production, review this list to find opportunities to take your course up a notch.

Developing and using a repeatable format for your courses is a good practice to follow, both for the development team and the learners. It simplifies development and familiarity makes a learner more comfortable with the experience.

But, it’s important to make sure that the course structure and approach that is being replicated is a good model. It needs to ultimately result in courses that are engaging while meeting the expectations and needs of our learners.

If your courses aren’t completely quite up to those standards or could use a bit of freshening up, here are 8 simple methods to consider.

  1. Add a scenario or convert to one

A scenario is a great way to engage adult learners and present real world benefits of the training. It’s pretty simple to re-write straight-forward instructions into an actual manufacturing scenario that the user might encounter.

  1. Add interactivity

Adding interactivity keeps the learner engaged and gives them control of their learning experience. Offer them choices such as: decision making scenarios, interactive knowledge checks, More Information buttons and sliders that let them see varying results based on their input.

  1. Add video

Where appropriate and in short clips, video can be a very engaging format to demonstrate procedures, show a case study or hear form an expert.

  1. Graphic makeover

Anything from simple background changes, addition or freshening up of custom graphic icons to a full interface re-design can give your courses a fresh new look and make the experience more appealing to your audience.

  1. Shorten the course

Continually check your content against the stated goals and objectives of the lesson. If the content is not advancing the learner toward the goal of the course, perhaps it can be eliminated. Adult learners want their content to be on-point and don’t have the time for extraneous material.

  1. Add a key graphic illustration or infographic

Graphics allow users to engage with the content beyond reading text. They help organize and illustrate key points. Look for opportunities to develop key graphics for your course that can be used throughout, such as safety icons that reinforce what type of PPE to wear, an engine diagram that highlights the part of the engine being discussed or an infographic that highlights the entire manufacturing process.

  1. Write a more engaging Intro

Course Intros set the tone for the module. Write the Intro to be more appealing by including a story that is relevant to the learner, add a thought-provoking headline, include a short motivational video clip from a peer or present a job-related scenario.

  1. Appeal to emotions

Adult learners respond to stories, especially ones that appeal to their emotions. Try to intersperse short scenarios that present a real-world example, such as the need for safety, impact of poor quality or the positive career effects of skills development training

Ron Trilling
Author of Learning Lines | Founder and Partner, at Media Dynamics
Ron is a great source of information when it comes to eLearning. He has a background in instructional design and has worked with many companies to help develop their eLearning content and courses.
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