February 3rd, 2014 E-Learning

threeIf you are just starting off in the elearning industry, creating your first course is a way of passage. You will make (many) mistakes, but they will all lead to your professional development.

If you are creating elearning for a client on a consulting basis, you will also learn a great deal of patience! 🙂

One question that many people ask is, “how do you create effective elearning”?  Unfortunately, there is not one answer to this question. The effectiveness of any elearning program is dependent on a variety of factors.

So What Can You Do?

While there isn’t one exact thing you can do, there are a few general components to keep in mind while you are building your elearning courses to ensure their effectiveness. The list below, as originally detailed by Jennifer Valley, contains some guidelines on how to approach your elearning courses.

1. Be Informative

Remember that the main purpose for your elearning is to provide information, not to showcase your skills in Adobe Photoshop.

In order to create informative elearning, you must accurately detail your objects and the content (storyboarding helps tremendously with this). Set-up various review cycles as well.

2. Be Entertaining

With the proper objectives defined and a well-done storyboard, you can begin to find ways to make the elearning more entertaining. Some basic strategies include inserting actions into the slides, knowledge checks, and including multiple types of media.

The most important thing to remember here is that there can be a thin line between “entertaining” and “annoying”. Use the bells and whistles in moderation.

3. Be Applicable 

Creating course content that sticks is your goal. You can increase the chances of this occuring by creating content centered around a certain set of skills or information that the learner will be able to use immediately after taking your course.

Setting up goals and ways for the learner to apply the new skills immediately is key to learning retention and increases the chances of behavior change. Simulations go a long way in this process.

Which one is the MOST Important?

Planning. Without a proper plan and storyboard established, the rest of your elearning will suffer. Consider building your sills first in elearning planning – you’ll pick up the other ones over time. Project planning skills will server you the best in the long run.

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About Justin Ferriman

Justin Ferriman started LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by Fortune 500 companies, major universities, training organizations, and entrepreneurs worldwide for creating (and selling) their online courses. Justin's Homepage | Twitter


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These are very practical and useful suggestions, a reminder for veteran users and an excellent start
for new users. I am currently researching the field of elearning anda nd trying the learndash program
It is very practical, an excellent addition to elearning tools, and an excellent sourue of superior

Avatar Dr. Gene Loeb

I purchased the Learn Dash plug in and have now sent several messages this morning so that I can be given access to the training videos and it seems to me I am having to jump through so many hoops it is a joke to prove that I purchased it . if a screen shot of the paypal account is not enough i don’t know what is.

if it is easier for you refund the original transaction and i will purchase it from another paypal account.


Hi Gavin-

Thanks for the note. We have sent the credentials twice. Let us know if you still cannot access.

I can’t believe I’m just now seeing this. I’ll blame it on getting older since I celebrated my birthday this month. Thanks Justin for the mention and expanding on my infographic 🙂 I agree with you 100% on the planning aspect of a project. It acts as a base point to always return to for general concepts, ideas and data.

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