The very idea of online education has revolutionized the way we perceive the very process of education. Online access has made it possible for anyone to learn anything from anywhere. Since the advent of the internet, several colleges have introduced online courses. But how is this done? The following information will give you the information you need in order to prepare an online course that is user-friendly, and can be understood by all of your students.
The first thing you need to do here is to understand your target audience. Are they high school students, college students or working professionals? Do not use jargon that your target audience may find hard to decipher. Also, if you are targeting a non-English speaking audience, you need to keep your language and content simple enough for them to understand. After all, they are just learning the language. So, using simple vocabulary is best.
Reading long, dry text on a computer can get tiresome. Attitudes of people reading a book, and an eBook, aren’t the same. You need to make your material visual. Make full use of infographics, photographs, diagrams, and every other visual representation to convey your point without taxing the eyes of your students. If you need, do not hesitate to hire a good graphic designer. After all every presentation needs a visual component to make your message stand out.
When someone is learning something online, the last thing you need is to get them confused. They need to know where they are at every step, and must be able to easily figure out where to go next. You need to provide easy options for navigation for this purpose. Drop down menus at the top are one way to do that. But make sure that you define all your categories in a logical and helpful manner. Also, include a search box at a convenient and, visible location on every page. Organization matters just as much as visualization – maybe even more. Your information may look great. But, if it isn’t organized, it won’t make sense.
It is obvious that, at some point or another, most of the students will require some help. This assistance can come in two ways. The automated help can be in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs), and other material. You just need to make sure that they can be easily found in the site.
However, being interactive is even more important. Ideally, there should be a provision for real-time, interactive sessions for clearing any doubts. Even if that is not possible, in some cases, every page of the website must have provisions to submit queries and those queries must be responded to as soon as possible. After all, an online class takes the place of being in the classroom. However, as the teacher, you still need to respond to your students’ questions.
Traditionally, we design any online service to be accessed on a computer. However, in the last five years or so, small, yet smart, devices such as tablets and smartphones have changed the game. Now a lot of people use them as primary devices to access the internet. They use different software compared to PCs and so you need to design keeping these aspects in mind. You can have a separate mobile website or app, or figure out how to make responsive sites that work with different devices.
Knowing how to create a user-friendly online course will also help your students in the long run. After all, several modern employees are now working remotely.
Modern employees keep in touch with coworkers, and complete their work, virtually. Mobile technology allows everyone to do so without everyone being in the same place.
Additionally, mobile technology also allows people to share files virtually. In fact, some apps, and websites, allow people to work on the same project simultaneous. This ability is another way to communicate on location while also getting work done.
As a result of being able to work online, students, and employees alike can perform tasks, and get work done, virtually. So, it stands to reason that learning how to create, and be a part of, a user-friendly online course will prepare your students for the modern workplace.
Gwen Eve Lewis is a freelance writer from Southern California and has contributed to several beauty and health blogs as well as business/social media sites.
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