Online training is the new norm now.
But some measures have to be taken to make online training more interesting. It’s because online training may not grab the attention of the audience and they may be lost in their thoughts. So, what are those learning principles which can ensure that online training happens successfully and effectively?
The first thing that the designers of online training need to decide is how to make sure adults are keen to learn. The online training course should be designed to make sure that its audience is interested to imbibe information. You can give them a sneak-peek into learning something by making a short video of what they are going to learn. The online training must also have set some goals which are relevant to the learners. The course must also be designed in a fun and interactive way so that its audience does not lose interest while watching it.
The learners need some kind of repetition so that the lessons are familiar. With familiarity, they are likely to continue ahead. Apart from that, you can also use simulations so that audience or the learners feel as if they are a part of something familiar. For example, simulations can be given to employees to make them learn in situations involving a promotion, or other tasks. They can be taught how to tackle daily situations involving clients who are infuriated with a company’s products or services or people who have the incessant ability to bargain.
Include laughter-inducing content
Adults are likely to pay more attention to online training if it’s interesting. It’s because adults have to focus on online training as a part of their job duties. So, when the sessions have something fun in them, adults are likely to respond more positively. There can be humour added to the online learning course. Make sure simulations have elements which include the industry jokes. Having such humour makes sure that online learners respond positively to training and also retain the concepts taught to them.
The course modules have to be defined carefully. It’s important because the learners remember the first thing that they see. They say first impressions count the most. Make sure there are more pivotal points which are included in the introduction of the unit. It should include a summary of the chapter. The summary could be in bullet points. The objective of the chapter can also be defined in the form of an infographic. You could also pose a question to the audience whose answer is the purpose of the chapter. There is another way to capture the audience’s interest which is by making them recall what they have learnt previously about the chapter or the topic. This way, they will take more interest in what’s about to follow.
Summary at the end
The importance of the chapter’s summary is also important. So, just like at the start of the chapter you include a summary, you also include at the end. It can be a video showing the conclusion. It should be small. Repeat the summary, but make sure that it’s not similar to what has been included in the beginning. For example, a quiz can be included when a chapter has ended. This can be an open book. When a course finishes, there should be tests to make sure that the learners retain what they have learnt.
This is how online training should be designed to make sure the audience takes interest in it.