This three-part series is all about selecting the best learning management system software for your company. In Part 1, we’ll talk about user interface, Part 2 will be about course content, and Part 3 will focus on real-time learning. We hope this helps you and your team find a great learning management software (LMS) and Do Better Work!
What’s a car without gas? A baseball game without bats and gloves or peanuts and cracker jacks? A movie without popcorn? There are many things in this world that go together hand-in-hand, including a good web-based learning management system and quality course content. You can have one without the other, but things are going to feel just a bit off, like Oreos without a tall glass of milk. For an online learning platform to really be effective and help learners learn, it needs a steady stream of good course content, and here’s why.
Learning objectives should dictate course content
The leader of the A-Team was onto something when he said “I love it when a plan comes together.” He had no way of knowing how right he was when talking about creating effective course content for cloud-based learning platforms! The best course content is born from a strategy that starts by identifying what the learning objectives are. “Learning objectives” are defined as simply as “What do you want your students to learn and when?” By stepping back and asking this simple question, educators and administrators can focus on building more targeted course content.
When explaining a new or exciting topic, it can be tempting to throw all the information out at once, but that can be a confusing prospect in online courses. In online learning, content structure matters because there isn’t always a person present to explain further and answer questions. Learning objectives help to shape this structure by forcing administrators to think out “I want them to know A, so they can do task B, so we can accomplish goal C.” With the main learning objectives laid out in such a way, subject matter experts can use the authoring tools of their online learning platform to fill in the gaps and make sure learners get the necessary information to accomplish those objectives.
E Learning requires a stream of fresh course content
If “content is king,” new content should be the king’s father, because the only thing more important than course content itself is keeping that course content fresh. In web-based and digital learning platforms, content is often uploaded once and then reused over and over again until people start to not pay attention any longer. Unfortunately, that’s not the best situation for how people learn and understand new skills and information. Bringing new context and fresh data to existing ideas can reinvigorate learners, wake up their minds, and help to facilitate new mental connections to deepen their understanding of existing course content. In the past, the LMS market didn’t have a lot of options for a learning platform with authoring tools that allowed administrators to update their content easily, but the times are changing. There are options from open source to an enterprise LMS that give organizations the ability to jump in and build new online courses easily when the opportunity for new course content presents itself.
Practicing previous course content is key
Good course content is new, but great course content is good enough to be repeated more than once. One of the secrets of doing better work is practicing what you know until you’ve mastered it. But if learning courses aren’t built to withstand multiple sessions, the effect of that extra learning is lost. If working through the lesson on “Mastering the Sales Technique” made your learner groan the first time, it’s only going to get worse the second or third time they revisit that learning content to try and refresh their memory.
It might take some extra time to build online courses that stand the test of time, but it’s absolutely worth it in the end. With your learning objectives in hand, you should be able to build questions, quizzes, and other interactive elements that challenge learners when they come back to these learning courses. Most cloud-based learning platforms support multiple types of content whether it’s text, video, images, or more. Take advantage of these options when building course content that you want to last. Learners looking to master their craft will thank you in the long run.
Your course content stays fresh in Lessonly
Lessonly is designed around the Better Work Training Method, which thrives on course content that offers practice opportunities, and results in better performance. If you’re looking for a digital learning experience that is easy for the learners digesting the online courses and the managers or trainers building them, look no further. See how easy it is to give your learners fresh course content with a demo of Lessonly, today.