September 5th, 2013 E-Learning


When it comes to elearning programs, drip-feeding is all the rage these days. That said, the whole “drip-feed” terminology is new to many people (although most are familiar with the concept). “Drip-feeding” is just a fancy way of saying, “scheduled lesson delivery”. Essentially, you can determine when you want certain content in your course to become available after someone purchase or signs-up for a course.

One benefit to this approach is that you only need to set-up the delivery date once, and then it will deliver the same way for every user no matter when they sign-up for the course. So, if you have a lesson set to publish two days after sign-up, then it will always be on a two day delay. Pretty cool huh?

Many learning management systems are seeing the benefit of this, especially as it relates to large courses that are meant to be delivered over a longer period of time. Drip-feeding content is effective for delivering larger amounts of content into manageable chunks without overwhelming the user. For example, let’s say you have a website teaching a language. You can use a drip-feed feature to ensure that everyone progresses at the same pace in order to truly digest the content.

In addition, drip-feeding is a good strategy for keeping users engaged with the content and interested. If you are teaching a new skill, tip, or trick – then systematically delivering the content keeps users coming back to your site eager for the next lesson (which helps to build loyalty). In my experience of developing elearning programs, this is a great way to prevent people from going through all the content in one-day and moving on.

Schools and classrooms can also benefit from this kind of set-up. As a teacher, you may be using a blended learning approach in your classroom. Prior to the school year starting, you can get all your course and lesson content configured and then set-up the sequential delivery of the lessons. On the first day of school, you manually enroll your students and the “clock begins” so to speak. The site will auto-drip your content to your students without any more work on your part.

The drip-feeding concept has many uses and possibilities. If you’re interested in learning more, or perhaps just have some questions, feel free to contact us and we would be happy to be of assistance.

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It was nice to read your post.I loved your concept of this post.I agree with you that drip feeding is really very crucial in e-learning.thank you for sharing such a nice post.

Great article, however drip-feed as a term isn’t new. Most universities and learning environments used the term drip-feeding well before we began to see courses develop outside of a traditional learning environment.

I’ve also found it to be hugely beneficial for retention and completion as learners are far more likely to stay and complete when they have time to process, ponder and digest. Their questions become richer too leading to a far more integrative and supportive experience for learners – and tutors!
Thanks for highlighting it

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