3 Surefire Ways to Create Professional Level E-Learnings

October 06, 2014Emily Popper

E-learnings are an inexpensive and convenient way to onboard and train employees, but not all e-learnings are created equal.  If you’ve ever taken an e-learning, it’s easy to tell the good from the bad, but it can be hard to understand what’s working and what’s not.  Folks who are new to e-learning creation will focus on the visuals, but instructional designers who specialize in e-learning content development know that the big differentiators have little to do with what you see.   

Using the tips below you’ll be able to lay a strong foundation and create e-learnings that are a cut above the rest.

  1. Write a script (and make sure it’s meant to be spoken aloud)

    • Why?  This is the number one thing you can do to raise the quality of your e-learning content.  E-learnings that don’t use a script are often confusing and terribly dull.  A good script uses real-world scenarios and simple language to tell a story in an organized way.  This creates the context your learners need to fully engage in the topic at hand.  
       
    • How?  Structure your script around example scenarios and use-cases.  Keep the words you choose simple and friendly.  Try to avoid unnecessary repetition, and don’t forget to read your script aloud to make sure it sounds natural.
       
  2. Rehearse and perform your script

    • Why?  Just like there’s “no crying in baseball,” there’s no “monotone” in a good e-learning.  You need to be able to use your voice to create a quick intimacy with your audience that encourages their trust, and keeps their attention.   If you’re feeling shy and silly while recording your script – get over it!  
       
    • How?  A great way to improve the way you handle this aspect of e-learning development is to listen to radio commercials.    Professional voice-over artists working with a good script know exactly how to make that fresh, creamy yogurt sound delicious.  You may not end up as a professional voice-over artist, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can improve your delivery by listening to the pros.
       
  3. Record good quality sound

    • Why?  A loud buzz, hum, static whine, or other sounds are surprisingly distracting for your learners and a great reason for them to stop listening.  Make it easy for your audience to hear what you have to say – that means no sneezes, no strange swallows and no background air conditioner noise.  
       
    • How?  Use a free tool, like Audacity to clean up your sound before you  produce your e-learning.  It’ll make all the difference. 

Do you have additional e-learning tips to share? Leave a comment and let us know.

About Emily Popper

Emily Popper has 19 years of experience working in Training and Development as an Instructional Designer and Knowledge Manager with a specialty in e-learning design and development. She is also an award winning Technical Writer and a Certified Scrum Master working... more

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