eLearning Course Development in Higher Ed: Our Top 5 Tips

Published on January 8, 2024

With a potential market value of over $300 billion by 2025, eLearning has become a pivotal force in shaping the future of education. This teaching approach entails using technology to deliver educational content and facilitate learning experiences. It can take various forms, encompassing different electronic and digital media.

This learning style has become increasingly prevalent in formal education, corporate training and professional development. With technology continuing to evolve, so has the methodology of course development. This blog will cover the eLearning course development process and explore invaluable tips for educators and institutions. Join us as we navigate the evolving curriculum development for higher education.

Importance of Quality eLearning Course Development

Quality course development in eLearning ensures that educational content is accessible and engaging and aligns with learners' needs. A well-crafted eLearning program enhances comprehension, retention and application of knowledge. Some tips for eLearning course development include:

1. Understand the Audience to Meet Learner's Expectations

Conducting surveys, focus groups and one-on-one interviews can help gain a proper understanding of the target audience. The invaluable information you gathered allows you to create a tailored curriculum that aligns with learners' needs and goals.

Performing a training needs assessment can also help you identify skill gaps in prospective learners. This strategic evaluation will enhance the eLearning program's effectiveness and maximize its return on investment.

2. Craft Clear Learning Objectives to Guide the Course

A comprehensive outline serves as a navigational tool throughout the course development journey. This guide ensures you have a clear focus on learning goals and objectives. These concise and precise statements define what learners will accomplish after completion.

They can encompass core concepts and interactive features for learner comprehension. Understanding the desired competencies post-course is fundamental to shaping an effective training program that empowers learners.

3. Embrace Technology Diversity To Enhance Engagement

For an eLearning program to succeed, it must captivate and engage learners. Introducing various interactive elements in the eLearning content helps to break the monotony of one-way communication. Learners absorb information differently, with some thriving on interactive scenarios and games, while others prefer audio presentations or graphics.

Consider models such as VARK, which identifies visual, auditory, reading/writing and kinesthetic preferences to cater to this diversity. By embracing different immersive learning solutions, you can create a dynamic and inclusive learning experience that resonates with your audience.

4. Enhance Learning Through Digestible Modules

Presenting information in easily digestible, bite-sized modules helps combat cognitive overload. This approach ensures learners can absorb and retain information efficiently, extracting real value from the eLearning experience.

Simplifying content by avoiding unnecessary graphics and opting for white space, bullet points and bolded captions can also help. The aim is to keep eLearning courses straightforward and concise, fostering engagement and preventing learners from feeling overwhelmed.

5. Partner for Success: Unlock Your Potential With MedCerts

The eLearning course development journey is made more seamless with strategic partnerships. Consider the advantages of teaming up with MedCerts, a trailblazer in content licensing.

Our model is tailored to diverse institutional needs. It has a reselling option that enables the rapid expansion of course catalogs, especially in high-demand fields like healthcare and IT. In addition, students can seamlessly integrate specialized training into degree pursuits with credit transfer options. We also supplement existing programs, providing cutting-edge industry knowledge. Elevate your institution's offerings and empower your learners by exploring the versatile content licensing solutions we offer.

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Written by
Rafael Castaneda
Senior Vice President of Workforce Development

With more than 20 years in the postsecondary arena, Rafael has focused on workforce strategies that build programmatic pathways for unemployed and underemployed students from underserved populations.

Before joining MedCerts, Rafael was the chief academic officer and dean of education at CBD College, a private two-year allied health college in Los Angeles. He also served as a strategy and innovation leader for Jobs for the Future (JFF) crafting connections between postsecondary actors and thought leaders. He is a member of the advisory board of the University of California, Irvine’s Customer Experience Program. Rafael has worked with over 2K schools and 1K workforce organizations & employers on solutions.

He strongly believes the three-legged stool of workforce success are schools, businesses, and community organizations but they need a catalyst and that is where MedCerts comes in – as the driver of the solutions to supplement and complement the three.

A passionate believer in education as a great equalizer, Rafael joined MedCerts because the organization provides the opportunity to actively participate in bridging the digital divide and skills gap for unserved populations of students. This extremely rewarding and tangible championing of education-based initiatives alongside serving all demographics students provides a rare opportunity to not just speak, but do.

Rafael is a husband to a brilliant and talented wife, father to two ambitious daughters, and an active member of his community. You will find him at a spin class most weekday mornings and doing outside activities with his family and their French bulldog, Penny, on the weekends. He has lived and worked in all time zones and in nine states over the past 12 years. Connect with Rafael on LinkedIn.

Published on January 8, 2024

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