3 Keys to Creating an Engaging Course

December 22, 2021
A student sits at her computer with a notepad in hand, learning from her SkillSuite Course.

A successful course should be measured by how much a student learns. Here are 3 keys you can implement to build an engaging training course!

1 - Content value is more important than content presentation

We’ve all seen the online courses that have high production value. They always appear to have a shiny coat of paint with all of the bells and whistles. Yes, presentation can help your course, but what your students actually want is a clear and concise instruction.

It is easy to get caught up in the high production value, but it is far more important to focus on how easy it is for your student to learn. You do not need fancy animations and a costly set and equipment to get your point across. 

If you focus on your message and create a great environment for learning, your students will go far. 

2 - An Online Course is a Living Document

A course does not have to be perfect when released. There are many different strategies to course release, but regardless of the one you choose, your course should improve over time. Add new sections, new strategies, newly developed techniques. Take time to continually improve your courses, correcting minor errors, adding new graphics, videos and more!

As new sections, improvements, and features of your course is applied over time, you will be able to create strong engagement with your students. This especially applies as standards and safety regulations change. Stay ahead of the curve with new by adding new techniques, new technologies, and improved methods and strategies. Staying up to date will allow you to impart that to your learning base. Those taking your course will feel that they are continually receiving great value.

You can also inform all students who have taken a course you have just improved by sending an automated email to that specific audience right within your SkillSuite Management Tools.

3 - Balance Instruction with Application

Explaining the practical application of a concept alongside the use of examples in your training can make a great impact on students. There are two modes of teaching that should be considered when building a course section.

Theory and training instruction. This would include the skills, methodology, and instruction the course or section is focused on. Knowledge and instruction should always be your default.

Think of this as the WHAT of what you are teaching. 

Application. Application and examples of how the information is applied can create an engaging course. This would include use cases, alternate cases, error examples, and how to troubleshoot potential issues a student might have in the use of the instruction.

Think of this as the WHY of what you are teaching.

By engaging the 3 keys of content value, continual improvement, and instructional application balance you will achieve greater success in creating a course your students will engage with.