Phases of Effective eLearning
To create an effective eLearning course you want to involve the student in the four phases of learning. Those phases are Activation, Demonstration, Application and Integration.
Students need to relate to real-world problems when they are learning. You want the students to see benefits from solving the problems, thus engaging and motivating them to continue learning. Here is a break down of the four stages you want to consider when creating effective eLearning materials and coursework.
You want students to be active and engaged in the learning process. Make sure they’re ready to learn and they have the experience to tackle the problem(s). Make sure you have prepared the students sufficiently. You want to activate their existing knowledge so they can, in turn, learn new things.
You don’t want to just tell your students, you want to show them what to do to solve the problem. You want to show them how to apply the knowledge they have learned to prove how the problem is solved. This can be done with experimentation, presentations, visualizations and examples for concepts. This part requires creativity as an instructor but it’s one of the most important tools you can use to help students learn effectively so keep that in mind when creating course materials.
This goes hand-in-hand with Demonstration. You want to show them how to apply the knowledge to solve problems but you also want to let them apply it on their own to reach solutions. Let them practice and learn from wrong answers or mistakes. By allowing them to apply what they’ve learned they can measure their own success through the course and know when they’ve made mistake or what areas they need to work on.
Learning is best when it’s personal. When students are motivated to learn they can incorporate the instruction into their lives. Once they get involved in the lessons and learning process they are able to demonstrate their skills and improve on their knowledge. You want to create an environment where students can adapt themselves to new knowledge and skills that in turn create motivation in its purest form.