So you’ve just finished designing an exciting, challenging What is e-learning?
course for your corporate training
initiatives. Now what? Well, even with a top-notch, interactive and informative course, there’s still the process of actually motivating employees to learn. Your staff has to want to learn and be ready to absorb new information in order to make your e-learning course a success. How do you motivate employees to learn? Try these tips to encourage learners during training.
1. Set up problems to solve, not questions to answer
Tests alone won’t always measure whether a learner fully grasps the information presented. Oftentimes, tests are structured so learners simply have to recall information. Rather than only testing what learners remember, also give them problems to solve. Problems that require an understanding of the material motivates users to actively seek out information in the course material and think critically about how to use it. This also offers a more interactive and engaging experience for the user, which leads to a better understanding of the core concepts and processes you present.
2. Design a visually stimulating course
Even if the material isn’t inherently flashy, it doesn't mean the design has to be bland. To engage learners, every course you design should be stimulating and user-friendly. You don't want to distract learners with a complicated design, but large features and a few bold colors can go a long way toward making content appear more interesting. Also remember to include images, videos
, charts, graphs, and any other stimulating multimedia that can both enhance the quality of the course, and the overall appeal. Since the goal is to motivate students to learn, a course that looks enticing will soon start to feel exciting.
3. Let learners know the objective
Create clear objectives
for each course you build. It is essential that learners are made aware of those objectives as well. If the learner is not sure what to expect from the course, or what skills or knowledge they’re supposed to acquire, navigating won’t necessarily be easy. With specific objectives laid out in advance, users are trained to pay extra attention to the portions of each course that are pertinent to their training goals. Learning objectives can also serve as reminders for learners after completing the course. In other words, this helps employees remember important sections later on once they are out of the “classroom” and back to their daily job responsibilities.
When it comes to engaging and motivating learners, it's not only the material itself that matters, but how you present it. When the training is made to appear interesting and exciting, but also clear and well-defined, users are more likely to stay focused and embrace the course. Use these tips to help employees get the most out of each course they take.