Building confidence in your students should be something that is integral to your strategy when designing an eLearning course, particularly if learners have less face-to-face time with mentors.
Why? Because, while it’s one thing to get people to sign up to your online course, you also need to make sure that, once there, they’re getting something out of it, too. And, the truth is, not all students enjoy learning.
For some, it could be that they have signed up because it’s part of a job requirement or a necessity to access the next rung of the career ladder; for others, it may be that they want to learn but simply don’t think they’re very good at it. This is where you want to make sure they feel they are on the right track and making progress – vital for maintaining motivation throughout their course.
The good news is that you can turn unsure learners into confident go-getters and, here, we’ve even pulled some of our favourite tips into a handy list to get you started:
Setting up quizzes can be an ideal way for your learners to build their confidence for a number of reasons. Firstly, because you can make them quick and fun, with multiple-choice questions, ‘spot the problem’ pictures and games. Not only does this reduce the need for exam-style questions, but you can also slot them throughout the course modules in order to make it more interactive.
Secondly, it’s also a great opportunity to give students instant feedback – and the chance to go back and re-study materials until they get the answers right. Instant feedback means your students aren’t left waiting for a couple of days until someone can assess their work, and instead allows them to quickly pick up on the areas where more study is needed and get right back to it.
According to one psychology professor, this type of regular, short testing even greatly improves memory in students and boosts their chances of making better grades.
set realistic goals through personalisation
Every learner is different and each and every one will learn at their own pace. This means that, when designing your course, you should make sure that you’re not setting a goal which, while easy for some, may be harder for others.
To combat this, try creating personalised content – whether that’s giving students the chance to input what they already know, so material isn’t repeated, or highlighting the areas they struggle with the most, so they can gain extra support on these modules where required.
This method of personalisation is a key way to engage your learners and ensure they don’t lose enthusiasm due to struggles or boredom.
create a positive environment
Who has ever sat in a dull classroom with no pictures on the walls and felt inspired to create their best work? A positive learning environment equals success – there’s no doubt about it.
But you need to transition this to your online learning environment, too. By putting effort into the design and layout of your course, as well as using engaging content, gamification, or video and audio, you can build an environment that inspires confidence in your learners to keep studying and fulfil the overarching learning goal.
Don’t forget, you can check out more about creating engaging content here.
provide access to online mentors and forums
If a student is already feeling a little bit wobbly when it comes to learning, then having no access to support is only going to intensify that and diminish their confidence altogether.
You want to nip this in the bud as early as possible so, throughout your course, ensure your learners have touchpoints where they can easily ask for feedback, connect with other students or ask questions about different modules.
You’ll be amazed at how a little active encouragement can go a long way!
Putting into play these simple tips should give your students the confidence to push forward with their learning, enabling them to successfully develop new skills and learn new information. Having the right mind-set when learning plays a big part in whether the learning is successful or not. It can also give students the confidence to seek out further learning themselves after they’ve completed your course and throughout their career going forwards.
Are you interested in building your own eLearning course? Get in touch with the thirst.io team right here.