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Balancing best practice and innovation

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The nature of the online environment means new technologies and tools are emerging constantly. Some of these, such as virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), educational games, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have great potential for use in improving online learning delivery and engagement, but as with all learning approaches, they will suit some content or courses better than others.

A successful e-learning course balances an innovative approach with best practice. The two go hand in hand in a competitive market and are ever-changing. As we move through different trends and research periods, providers must use their judgment to identify the mix that will best support their learners’ experience.

  1. Keep graphics and visuals clean and simple. Anything too ‘trendy’ will only date the course.
  2. Ensure that the delivery style and model suit the type of content and vice versa.
  3. Don’t limit yourself to strictly following best practice guidelines or to what has historically worked. Consider how you can improve and propel your learning experience.
  4. Consider what device or platform is needed for learners to access your innovative solution and ensure it is achievable for the target audience.
  5. Plan for an extensive peer-review and collaborative design process to ensure your solution is fit for purpose.
  6. If possible, run a pilot program to work out any hiccups or road bumps early.
  7. If you’ve used a new delivery method, platform, or technology, make sure you have planned for regular evaluations and maintenance to keep it working, relevant, and up-to-date.

Through our network of specialist services, we tailor solutions to meet the unique needs of your organisation and your people.  

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