This post will give you the reader some principles in creating successful eLearning and help you to engage in the process of constructing eLearning material and associated activities in a way that will enact sound principles of pedagogy
I believe that there is a relationship between the extent to which a range of pedagogic affordances have been built into the design of e-learning and how well that resource is used by practitioners. In other words, the greater the affordance in the design, the greater the potential for pedagogic quality.
Principle 1: Match to the curriculum/performance criteria
The pedagogy should be matched with and aligned to the appropriate curriculum/performance criteria. Common sense you would think, but you would be surprised how many things I have seen where the content is not mapped to a formal curriculum or performance criteria.
Principle 2: Inclusion
This is quite a personal passion of mine, as I have dealt with a lot of various people in my time. Hence, the content should support inclusive practice seen in terms of: — different types and range of achievement (including special needs); — physical disabilities that can be particularly supported by e-learning (e.g. those with visual impairment); Also think about different social and ethnic groups and even gender or sexuality (if needed).
Principle 3: Learner Engagement
The content obviously needs to engage and motivate learners. I follow a 3M Model, which I have covered in the past.
Principle 4: Innovative Approaches
Although I am a big tech geek, it should be evident why learning technologies are being used, rather than a non-technological approach which achieves the same end as effectively. Digital forms should be used where they bring an innovative approach which cannot be achieved in any other way.
Principle 6: Assessment
The training should provide some level of formative assessment, i.e. assessment that is primarily aimed at improving learning. It can be based on the performance criteria, behaviours or simple learning outcomes.