5 Tips for Building an Engaging Learn Course

by Libby Bevin on May 22, 2020

Did you know you can create your own content in Learn? It's as easy as uploading a PowerPoint presentation or video and then building a quiz to measure the viewer's retention of the information.

Here are some quick tips to help you create an engaging and meaningful course in no time:

  1. Keep the course brief:

    Don’t overwhelm your audience with masses of information. If they are watching an hour-long course, chances are they won’t retain most of it. Instead of cramming every detail into the course and risking your viewer falling asleep halfway through, make sure you are including the most pertinent information in a concise format.

  2. Create microlearning videos to break up the content:
    Microlearning videos deliver bite-size, digestible content that can be viewed in less than 10 or 15 minutes. Some microlearning courses are only two or three minutes and they tend to cover one topic. Providing content to your employees in this way reduces the potential for overload and allows the assignee to easily fit the course into their workday. According to the Journal of Applied Psychology, learning in these small slices of content makes the transfer of learning 17% more efficient.

  3. Use a presentation or course you already have:
    Delivering engaging courses to your employees doesn’t mean you have to build content from scratch. Instead, repurpose a PowerPoint deck you created for another purpose by easily uploading it into Learn and sharing it with employees. You can even add a quiz at the end or in between slides.

  4. Understand your audience and the course’s key objectives:
    To produce a course that is engaging and relevant to the assignee, be sure to determine the audience you are creating the content for and the key objectives you need to deliver. These two pieces will act as key identifiers that will help you shape meaningful content.

  5. Include imagery, not just text:
    Including images that capture the eye will not only break up the monotony of text, but will increase the likelihood that your audience will retain the information. According to 3M, the human brain can “process visuals 60,000 times faster than text” and visuals “improve learning by up to 400 percent.” Combine text and images to easily build a more engaging course.

Libby Bevin

Libby Bevin is a content writer and editor for NEOGOV. Libby earned a Master of Arts in English Literature and Language from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Stetson University. Contact Libby at lbevin@neogov.net.