Top 10 Tips for First Time E-Learners

So you’ve enrolled for your first E-Learning course and you’re wondering how to get the most out of it. Just like traditional learning, successful online students tend to be self-motivating, disciplined and organised.

If you’re new to E-Learning and not sure where to get started, Aurion Learning have compiled 10 top tips that will help you start your online learning journey on a good foot:

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1.    Read what it says on the cover

Do you think at the very outset that it will contain what you want to learn? Is it worth your investing your time in? Chances are that if you’re not sure now, it will become difficult to motivate yourself further along the line.

2.    Manage your time wisely

Most people need to set aside time on a regular basis or learning simply won’t happen. Pick a certain time each day or week that you will use to learn online and communicate this to your colleagues, friends and family. Set reminders on your phone, block the time out on your calendar, do whatever you need to do to keep this time free.

3.    Find a peaceful study space

Ideally, you will do your E-Learning in a quiet environment where you can concentrate and be free from interruptions. Start your session by making yourself a mug of coffee or tea and make sure you’re comfortable from the outset.

4.    Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Most high quality E-Learning content will include opportunities to question course instructors so take these chances whenever you can. The likelihood is that you’re not the only one with the question and the instructors are there to help you.

5.    Do your own learning research

Take the initiative to research supplementary learning materials outside of your E-Learning course, particularly if you find a certain topic of discussion interesting. The more work you put into your learning, the more you’ll get out of it.

6.    Build a study group

One of the issues commonly faced by online learners is isolation. Consider taking a course together with a small group of colleagues or peers and meet up regularly to discuss learning content. You will be able to encourage each other and add enjoyment to the learning experience.

7.    Find ways to put your new knowledge into practice

Each time you tune in to new learning content, think about and carry out its practical application in your everyday life. Good learning content should inspire action.

8.    Take part in online discussion forums

Connect with other learners and take part in online discussions whenever you can. Online forums are a great place to find other people with the same interests and difficulties as you.

9.    Read instructions and make sure you understand them before progressing

It can be tempting to skim over online materials and pick out only the points that stand out the most. In order to let learning content sink in, try not to race through an online course. Instead, take your time and consider the meaning of the information you’re reading.

10.  Learn how to motivate yourself

Self-motivation is an important life skill to have that is sure to reap many benefits for you across the board. Consider making a list of reasons why the effort now is worth it in the long term and turning to this list to inspire yourself when you need an extra bit of encouragement.

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New to E-Learning? Where to get started

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1. Learning strategy
Define your aims and identify issues that need to be resolved.

2. Set quantitative goals for progress and definitions of success
Make a list of measurable outcomes you could expect to see as a result

3. Identify a solution that fits both the goals and the audience
Keep in mind the age and background of users, their level of technology adoption and what sort of devices they will be using to access learning content

4. Get buy-in
Communicate issues, goals and expectations to stakeholders. Make sure they understand the value of a new E-Learning programme

5. Ask internal subject matter experts to summarise content
Identify the experts within your organisation and ask them to share their expertise with you.

6. Assess the technical requirements
Check out our Jargon Buster handbook for E-Learning newbies.

7. Instructional design
Apply best practice pedagogical principles. Think rich, concise content, heaps of interactivity and beautiful multimedia.

8. Begin to design and develop
Keep in mind accessibility and usability when choosing fonts and colours.

9. Pilot
Ask an internal group of stakeholders to test and review your learning campaign.

10. Amend where necessary
Take on board the feedback given by your pilot group and decide which changes are necessary. Small, incremental change will help to ensure that the baby isn’t thrown out with the bath water.

11. Collect data on learner progress
Check out our blog: Big Data: Big Results for E-Learning?

12. Assess the success of your E-Learning
Check out our blog: How to work out if your E-Learning programme is a success and what to do if it isn’t.

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