Elearning is in great demand now. So, the elearning professionals should learn how to cater to the needs of different learners now.
It’s important to understand what a learner wants from your course:
Different requirements of learners
All kinds of learners don’t have the same requirements from their elearning courses.
Learners also grasp up information at their own speed. They also have different skills sets. So, different courses have to be designed for them to fulfil those needs.
Ongoing evaluation of the course
Online facilitators make sure that learners can check a learner’s weakness and strength. This can be done through the elearning course so that if something is lacking further support can be provided to them.
Collaboration in a group
Learners must be able to take part in group collaboration so that they can imbibe knowledge from the way other learners are learning. They can also derive some knowledge from what others know.
Learners can also make sure that they learn whatever they wish to based on their existing knowledge. They need to know which tasks will be completed by them and how will do a certain task. So, they get greater flexibility in their learning choices because they might not have time to finish the complete course. The following are the ways in which you can help learners:
- Include ways to contact them
Learners also need support when they can’t understand a topic in the elearning course. You can provide them with a contact form so that they can add in their details so that you can contact them in their spare time. You can also make sure that they get ideas from their peers about their problems. Employees can get in touch with each other to solve problems when a forum has been integrated with an LMS.
- Whether the course meets the timeline
You can make sure that the learners have certain objectives in mind when they start the course. Once you know about their goals, you can prepare a learning plan as per their needs. Along with learning objectives, you can also ask them about their specific timeline. When the elearning course is finished by learners, you can enquire them as to whether they have met their timeline.
- Find out about the basic needs of learners
You need to understand what the learners expect out of an elearning course. So, you have an idea about what they have in their mind about the elearning course. Once they know their own expectations from the course, it becomes easier for you to design the course. You can get focus groups and surveys done to find out the learner’s requirements from the course. Then design your course in such a way that such requirements are met. You can evaluate learners to know about their present knowledge. Hence you would know what you need to include in such a course.
- Have clear expectations right from the beginning
You should make learners set realistic expectations from the course. In fact, the course should be able to provide them with some practical benefits. They should be aware of how the course will provide them with practical benefits.
So, this is how the needs of different learners can be incorporated into courses.