Bite-sized Approach

eLearning offers a lot of advantages when compared to traditional forms of education. As many people have discovered, learning online from a remote location is both convenient and saves a lot of time and money. Furthermore, the choice of subjects and levels of education that can be made available in this way means there is bound to be something for everyone.

However, there is one major problem to overcome when developing an eLearning course: the short attention span. That is why it pays off to keep your eLearning modules short. Short and filled with animation and other rich media. That is a recipe for an eLearning course that learners will approach with enthusiasm.

There are many more reasons why bite-sized eLearning will appeal to the learners more than, say, an hour-long course. Let’s have a look at some of them.

Engagement & Boredom

No matter the subject or the topic that needs to be learned, there is bound to be an element of it that is a bit unexciting and monotonous. Those tedious areas of any subject still need to be taught and understood. Therefore, it is best to present it to learners in bite-sized portions of knowledge that are easy to grasp.

People who take up an eLearning course often do it in order to further develop in their career field. Or maybe they are just looking to learn a new skill quickly. Some are studying out of inner motivation, simply because they want to know more about a subject. In all three cases, short blocks of knowledge will be more convenient, as they can finish it in their free time, even if they do not have a lot of it on their hands.

Additionally, a ten or fifteen-minute course that gets to the point quickly is more likely to hold the learner’s attention than an hour-long one is. Just make sure there is a clear conclusion and something of value that they can take with them at the end of each one to drive them to continue with their learning journey.

Useful Knowledge

We’ll give you an example. Say your learners need to take a module on accountancy, and the whole content they need to know is divided into four short modules. Each short module should contain a chunk of useful knowledge and a summary of sorts at the end for learners to grasp what they got from this module and what still awaits them in the following ones. In that way, they will have a goal to accomplish and will be willing to complete all the modules.

So when developing your eLearning courses, divide the content into shorter modules or segments, and you’ll soon find that your learners are in that way more motivated to both start and finish their learning journey since they do not have to set aside hours that may be difficult to find, in order to accomplish that task.