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How to curate eLearning Experiences to save time

Updated: Mar 14

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Time is arguably the most valuable resource that we have. Everyone is constantly trying to make better use of it, and this has led to the rise and demand for efficient eLearning experiences. Learners want to learn on the go, at their own pace, and in ways that fit their busy schedules, and L&D Managers want to make sure the learners embrace the lessons and implement them in their work.

By carefully selecting and organizing content from various resources, we can tailor learning experiences to meet specific demands. This not only saves time for both learners and trainers but also ensures that the material is relevant and interesting.

With curated e-learning, learners can focus on what's important without wasting time searching for scattered resources, while trainers can focus on curating quality content instead of getting bogged down in administrative tasks.

Time constraints in eLearning

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We know and value time as an important asset. But let’s unpack the actual time constraints faced by learners and trainers and why it makes sense to streamline eLearning content. 

Firstly, learners are juggling multiple responsibilities. Whether it’s work, family, or other commitments, finding the time to learn can be a challenge. Furthermore, long and drawn-out courses only add to the struggle. 

By carefully selecting and organizing your content, the learner gets the most relevant and up-to-date information in a structured manner. While investing in updating and curating, the company/trainers are giving their employees/learners a program that effectively trains and upskills employees in less time, without distracting them from their primary responsibilities.

Tailoring Content for Time Efficiency

There are two important points one has to remember while curating and streamlining their e-learning experience – What to put in & what to throw out. 

As simple as they seem, they’re not that easy. Let us understand this further through a quick analogy.

Imagine you're making a sandwich. You wouldn't pile on every topping in the fridge; you'd choose the ones that pack the most flavour. Similarly, when curating e-learning content, prioritize the juicy bits – the essential information that learners need to sink their teeth into.

Curating content for eLearning can be a simple 3-step process:

Step 1: Gather all relevant material related to the program. The material does not have to be branded or produced in-house. 

Step 2: Review the material and remove all unnecessary fluff and everything that is not relevant to the learning experience. 

Step 3: Break the material down into bite-sized chunks so that the content is easily digestible. 

It is all about delivering the most valuable information in the most efficient way possible, ensuring that learners can achieve their learning goals effectively and efficiently.

Do you have an existing database of eLearning content? Read more about how you can repurpose them and use them in newer formats

Personalizing learning Paths

Nothing fits as perfectly as something made just for you. Personalized learning paths are like – custom-made experiences designed to fit your unique needs and preferences, whether you're an individual learner or a company.

They take into account factors such as prior knowledge, learning style, interests, and goals to create a customized learning experience. 

Many new technologies have emerged in the past few years. One such new tech - Adaptive Learning Technology uses AI to adjust content delivery based on each learner's progress and performance. They help the learner by pinpointing the areas where they have to work and by giving only relevant information to your learning. This helps in saving time by cutting away the stuff one already knows. Learners can progress at their own pace, on their schedule. See how this can be used to personalize learning paths for sales representatives

Plus, it's not just about you – it's good for the company too. When everyone's learning efficiently, the whole team benefits.

Embracing mobile-friendly solutions

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Imagine having access to your learning materials whenever and wherever you are. That's the beauty of mobile-friendly e-learning platforms. They allow learners to access content on their smartphones or tablets, making learning truly on-the-go.

What makes these platforms so amazing? It is called responsive design. This means that the platform adjusts seamlessly to fit any screen size, whether you're using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. No more squinting at tiny text or struggling to navigate a clunky interface. With responsive design, the learning experience is smooth and intuitive.

Mobile apps play a huge role in making learning more accessible and flexible for learners. With a mobile app, learners can download content for offline access, sync their progress across devices, and receive notifications for upcoming assignments or deadlines. It is one of the best time-saving and effective time-management solutions one could use.

For learners, mobile learning offers a chance to make learning happen on their terms, whether they are commuting by bus or in a line at the supermarket. It allows the learner to squeeze in a little learning throughout their day at their convenience. 

With the rise of remote work environments, mobile-friendly e-learning platforms enable organizations to provide training and development opportunities to employees no matter where they're located, ensuring that everyone has access to the resources they need to succeed.

Utilizing Analytics for Time Optimization

Data analysis is turning out to be an omnipresent activity in all sectors and industries. After all, they give crucial insights into the operations of a company.

How can data analytics help in making eLearning efficient? Imagine having a behind-the-scenes tool that tracks learner progress, identifies areas where they're getting stuck, and modifies courses for maximum effectiveness. That's the role of data analytics in e-learning.

Firstly, data analytics help track learner progress. By collecting data on things like quiz scores, completion rates, and time spent on tasks, trainers can gain valuable insights into how learners are progressing through the material.

But it doesn't stop there. Analytics also pinpoint bottlenecks – those tricky spots where learners might be struggling. Maybe a particular concept is confusing, or a certain activity is too challenging. With analytics, trainers can identify these pain points and intervene to provide additional support or clarification, Hence saving a lot of time for both the learners and trainers. 

Let us see another important way data analytics can help in optimizing course efficiency.  By analysing data on learner behaviour and performance, educators can fine-tune course content, pacing, and delivery methods to better meet the needs of learners. This means less time wasted on irrelevant material and more time spent on what matters.

Case studies: Success stories on effective curation of eLearning experiences

  1. Company: Rich Products, a New York-based company since 1945 has been a leader in food innovation. Problem: Manual content management. Solution: The company’s approach of sourcing content from millions of sources and letting learners customize their own learning experience has proved to be a game-changer in efficiency. Now, Rich Products' employees have easy access to relevant and engaging learning materials, empowering them to grow and succeed in their roles.

  2. Company Name: Royal Mail Group, a company with over 500 years of history in the parcel and courier market. Problem: The company wanted to improve employee engagement and create a foundation for learning & development. Solution: By partnering with an eLearning company, they provided their workforce with the resources to learn in the way that best suited them. Employees could access relevant learning and career content tailored to their roles, enhancing their efficiency on the job. The efficient curation engine integrated into the platform,  Royal Mail ensured that employees had access to fresh, engaging content regularly. This increased learner engagement by a remarkable 30% and made information delivery more efficient on a large scale.


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Wrapping up, let's revisit the key strategies for saving time in e-learning. First, prioritize essential information and eliminate unnecessary details. Next, break content into smaller, digestible chunks and incorporate interactive elements like quizzes and simulations to keep learners engaged.

Personalizing eLearning is a time and resource saver for both learners and organizations and by using data analytics to track progress and make adjustments, organizations can maximize time usage and enhance the learning experience. Data analytics also identifies areas for improvement and helps in continuously fine-tuning the learning program. 

Now, it's your turn. Take these insights and apply them to your e-learning initiatives.


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