To bring an e-learning course to success, an e-learning designer has to face the challenge of influencing the motivation of his learners positively. To do this it is important to put yourself into the position of your learners and to answer 2 questions in this position:
- Why do I do this course?
For learners it is important to know why they take a course and what added value this provides to them. Thus, the contents of a course should always be associated with specific objectives, which are also taught to the learners. This can e.g. be done at the beginning of a training through a graphic, which defines objectives. It is much more important, however, that the learners know what added value they will get from the course. If they know for what exactly they need the course in practice and what knowledge is imparted to them, it increases motivation and leads to a better result than if the learner doesn’t know which cases of this course is at all relevant in the practice.
- What should I do with all this new information?
In addition to the „why“ it is also important for learners to know what to do with all this new information at the end. Here it can be advantageous that the specific information is built around the expectations of the learners, so that they know to which actual expectations in practice the information is linked.
Thus, it is important for students to know, „why“ they attend a course and „what“ exactly they can do with the information transmitted to them in practice. If these two questions are answered, this increases the motivation of learners and can optionally act against the simple „clicking through“ a course, because the learners know, why they do this course and what added value they carry in the end.