5 Tips to Curate Incredible eLearning Content
Contrary to popular belief, there is a lot more that goes into eLearning content curation than dumping relevant information onto your learners. Managing a proper eLearning platform takes audience research, planning, and organization, in order to find the information that is most relevant to your learners. And once you find that information, you have to offer it to them in a form that is easy to digest and understand.
So, if you happen to find yourself in this situation where you are struggling to effectively curate your eLearning Content, here are five tips to help you start:
1.Get Your Objectives Straight
This is possibly the most important of all of the tips, as this can make or break your service. Aimlessly looking for assets essential to your learners is not the most effective way for you to find appropriate information for your learners. Instead, you should create a list of objectives that you tend to achieve for any given subject.
This list will include objectives for every step of research that you do, and how you will achieve these objectives. For example, you wish to teach your learners about the different types of businesses and their sizes. You will first have to find resources pertaining to each type of business while also looking at its size and the impact it creates on the country’s economy.
2.Finding Credible Resources
Now that you know exactly what to look for, you have to find the best places where you can get the most relevant information. It is likely that you already have websites and sources that you already go to find relevant information. This is a good start, but you should look for more and make a proper organized list. Do not be afraid of trimming the list of sites if they no longer meet your brand’s identity.
3.Produce Content through Different Learning Mediums
No two people like to learn or study the same way, which means that people want diversity in their learning resources. So, in order to stay relevant you will need to offer your learners’ mediums like audio, video, and even plain text with visual aid.
Try not to focus more on a single form of learning to promote brand identity, as people have different preferences for learning. Be sure to provide Podcasts, videos, audio books, presentations, training simulations, and even learning games.
4.Rework Old Sources and Content
Always be sure that you check your archives and storage for content other forms of information. Although most of the information in old content is obsolete, you can save yourself a substantial amount of time by reworking and updating the information.
This is not limited to text, as you can edit your new and old videos together to create a seamless viewing experience. You should also go back and visit some of the resources that you had scratched off to see if they have any updated or new information.
5.Brand Image vs. eLearning Content
Finally, remember to track and use resources that meet and align with your current brand image. One of the biggest challenges that you will face is finding resources that align with your brand image. Since different resources use completely different tones and have different objectives in mind, this is much easier said than done.
The objectives of the resources reflects in their content, so be wary when choosing your resources, as their objectives might not align with your brand image.
Curating eLearning content is a difficult task, but it is all worth it in the long run. The market is still quite new with a massive demand in content, leaving plenty of room for competition.
Anne Baron is highly experienced educator, writer and copywriter specializing in academic research. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with almost 25 years of experience in teaching and academic writing. She spent a dozen years managing a large college peer-tutoring program and another dozen years in the classroom teaching college students. She has since retired from teaching and devotes her time and efforts to freelance writing for institutions, businesses and colleges like Patrick Henry College.
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