Elearning Tip #4: Focus on Teaching the Essentials in Your Elearning Courses

As elearning developers, we are sometimes guilty of trying to teach too much in one elearning course. After all, we are approached by SME after SME trying to get their content into a course. But it is our responsibility, as developers, to draw the line when it comes to the amount of content we include in one elearning course. Remember, a person taking an elearning course is not a captive audience. They can get up whenever the please; they can answer the phone, surf the net, etc. So we must be very specific in what we teach in a course and not waste the learner’s time.

That being said, don’t include a to-do list of everything a SME thinks a learner might need to know sometime in the distant future. Focus on the essentials that the learner needs to master in order to make them immediately more productive after completing the course. And if something seems very easy and simplistic when you are creating the course, it probably is easy and simplistic to the learner as well; so you might want to think of leaving out that content and focusing more intently on content that might be harder for the learner to wrap their head’s around.

For more tips, check out my book “45 Elearning Tips and Tricks” now available in the Kindle bookstore. Or if you are new to elearning and want some advice, try my other book “Become an Elearning Developer Today!” It’s  a blueprint for getting into the field of elearning development.

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