5 Tips for Building an Engaging Course in NEOGOV's Learn

by Libby Bevin on May 22, 2020

Discover how to create meaningful and engaging courses in NEOGOV's government LMS, Learn, to improve employee training and skill development.

Article Highlights:

When you improve employee training and career development at your agency, you're supporting more engaged and successful employees.

In NEOGOV's learning management system, Learn, you can easily build training courses to enhance skill development. It's as simple 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 create meaningful online courses in no time.

Keep the course brief

Don’t overwhelm your audience with masses of information. If they're 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 include the most pertinent information in a concise format.

Create microlearning videos to break up the content

Microlearning videos deliver bite-size, digestible content that can be viewed in less than 15 minutes. Some microlearning courses are only two or three minutes long, and they tend to cover one topic.

According to the Journal of Applied Psychology, microlearning makes the transfer of knowledge 17% more efficient. Providing content to your employees in this way also reduces the potential for overload and allows them to easily fit the course into their workday

Use materials 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 a related topic by easily uploading it into Learn and sharing it with employees. You can even add a quiz at the end or in between slides.

Understand your audience and key objectives

To produce a course that is engaging and relevant to employees, be sure to understand who you're creating the content for and the key objectives you want to deliver. These two pieces will help you create meaningful, useful content for your employees.

Include imagery, not just text

Including images that capture the eye will not only break up the monotony of text, but also increase the likelihood that employees will retain the information.

According to 3M, the human brain processes visual media 60,000 times faster than text, and visuals can improve the learning experience by 400%. Combine text and images to easily build a more engaging course.

Ready to provide the best employee training experience possible in your government agency? Learn more about NEOGOV's Learn product today.

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.

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