Bite-Sized Approach in eLearning

How a bite-sized approach can help with a short attention span?

Why a Bite-Sized Approach in eLearning is Vital?

There are advantages in eLearning for both tutors and students. As many people have discovered recently, learning online from a remote location is not just convenient, it also saves a lot of time and money. Furthermore, the choice of subjects and levels means there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone.

There is one major problem to overcome when creating an eLearning course and presenting it: attention span or the lack of it. As with written text on a screen, it pays to keep your eLearning modules short. This applies whether you are delivering a video of yourself teaching, or of a play or other dramatization, or even if you use animation or other media.

There are reasons why teaching via eLearning in bite-sized chunks will be more successful than presenting, say, an hour-long tutorial. Let’s have a look at some of the problems that eLearning presents, and how a few short modules is better than one long one.

Engagement and Boredom

No matter the subject you are teaching, there is bound to be an element of it that is – for want of a better word – boring. Tedious areas of all subjects still need to be taught and understood. This is one instance in which your bite-sized approach is a major benefit.

People who are learning a subject are doing so, more often than not, to further their career. Others are looking to learn a new skill, and some are studying simply because they want to know more about a subject. In all three cases, keeping them engaged is not an easy task.

When learning from home or remotely, via online presentations and tutorials, the students are also doing so for convenience. They may have a job or a family and are studying in their spare time.

A 10- or 15-minute presentation that gets to the point will be more likely to hold their attention than a full hour, and they’ll also be able to find the time to indulge. Rather than go full-on classroom style with your tutorial, design it from the outset to be in smaller sections, with a clear conclusion at the end of each one.

Real World Value

Another reason short modules will engage the learner is that you can give them something, very quickly, that they can take away and use. Say you’re teaching a module on accountancy: they can learn a new technique in four short modules, and if you present the first one with the emphasis on that being the goal, they have an aim and will be willing to complete the segment.

When creating your course, do so with short and concise presentations in mind. There will be natural break points throughout the tutorial that you can use as pauses between the modules, and you’ll soon find that your students are more willing to see out the course when they can fit in learning in their own time, without having to set aside hours that are difficult to find.

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