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  1. 7 WAYS TO AVOID sinking your elearning course

  2. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity Don’t let your online learning course suffer the fate of the Titanic - sunk during its maiden voyage into the competitive industry of elearning programs. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  3. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity Here are seven ways that you can adopt during the custom course development process to avoid sinking your elearning course during its first year of operations. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  4. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity #1 Start with a Great Layout www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  5. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity First impressions count and this is all too true on the Internet where thousands of online learning courses compete for the attention of Netizens. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  6. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity You can make a favourable, if not fabulous, first impression on your target enrolees through an eye-catching layout (i.e., website design) coupled with user-friendly navigation (i.e., website development). www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  7. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity • Maximise space by creating a focal point, ensuring similar amount of spacing between lines, and using contrast for effect. • Ensure easy-to-identify and easy-to-use navigation menu, which should ideally be limited to 5-10 items only. Remember that users want information about where they are on the site and directions to their desired page. • Provide a search function preferably at the top right corner. • Develop easy-to-recognise unique buttons for your website. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  8. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity Other ways to enhance enjoyment of the online learning course among students are to select attractive and interactive images; use interesting and easy-to-read typefaces; provide for community interactions including chat boxes and discussion boards. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  9. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity All of these should be incorporated at every step of the custom course development process. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  10. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity #2 Ensure Excellent Content www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  11. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity While first impressions through website design count, keep in mind that sustaining the interest of students in the online learning course has greater weight in the general scheme. The best way to sustain the students’ interest, which will allow them to learn more from the course, is to ensure excellent course content. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  12. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity • Ensure that the course goals, objectives and subjects are in alignment with the educational needs and wants of students as well as the regulatory requirements set by the government. • Check that there are no spelling, grammatical and sentence structure errors on the content (Checklist). Avoid using technical jargon, bloated wording, and made-up words, among others. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  13. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity Content, after all, is king! Many of the crucial aspects of the custom course development process focus on this fact of Internet life. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  14. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity #3 Provide Community Interaction www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  15. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity • The best online learning courses provide students and teachers with ample opportunity to interact on three levels, namely: • With the course itself • With their teachers • With their fellow students www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  16. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity Always remember that while technology is used as a medium of instruction, the learners are human and, thus, the importance of human-to-human communication cannot be overemphasised. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  17. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity #4 Avoid Information Overload www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  18. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity Students benefit more from online learning courses when these are not overloaded with information, such as obscure and obvious facts and figures. Keep all the information on each page relevant, reliable and concise, thus, allowing students to get information in manageable chunks. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  19. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity This also applies to the website design in terms of avoidance of too many graphics, images and texts on the pages. Keep the eyes occupied but not too occupied as to overload them with clashing colours, among others. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  20. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity #5 Skip the Word-for-word Narration www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  21. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity Show, don’t tell. This is the motto of the experts in custom course development especially where the texts and their accompanying images are concerned. The text should ideally not be considered as closed captioning but as a short summary of the narrative. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  22. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity #6 Incorporate Audio-video Components www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  23. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity Students enrolled in online learning courses learn better when the texts are complemented by audio-video components. This is because students learn in different ways, thus, it is a good idea to incorporate various learning methods into the course. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  24. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity For example, a student may learn faster through texts while another student learns more from audio-video presentations. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  25. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity #7 Conduct Regular Evaluations www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  26. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity When it comes to online learning courses, regular evaluations (e.g., assessments of performance and satisfaction among students and teachers) should be made. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  27. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity In the fast-changing world of online education, every year will usher in significant trends in many aspects from the technology used to the learning principles applied. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  28. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity Besides, just because something does not appear to be broken, it does not necessarily mean that everything is as should be. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  29. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity Ultimately, you can avoid the sinking of your online learning course by always being vigilant and conducting regular audits on the content and satisfaction amongst students. www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506

  30. Synergy, Innovation and Creativity YOU SHOULD ALSO READ • Qualities an Instructional Designer should Possess • How Do You Engage Your Online Learners • 4 Questions to ask about your eLearning Course Target Audience • How to create an interesting online learning course- Infographic • How to Add Innovation to your Course Development by reducing Bullet Points • How to Convince Your Staff That Online Courses Can Be Beneficial For Their Continuous Growth • Examples of Good Learning Outcomes in Online Course Development • eLearning Development Checklist- Infographic • Use Images Wisely to Match Emotions in Custom Course Development • Busting 7 Myths about Online Learning • Secrets of a Successful Instructional Designer- Infographic • History of Learning Management System (LMS)- Infographic www.synotive.com | connect@synotive.com | 1300 894 506