When creating an educational presentation, it’s important that it’s tailored to the learner. We’ve partnered everyone from North America’s top Universities to leading corporate Learning and Development teams to create adult-focused learning presentations, e-learning courses, course manuals and more. We’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing partners, and our team has learned from some of the best. Here’s a snapshot into what make our Educational Presentations, e-learning courses, and manuals.
1. Create a logical flow of information
Creating a educational asset focused on adult learning means that you need to be clear, and intentional about the Learning outcomes. By clearly laying out the Learning outcomes early on, it makes it clear to the learning what the goals are. As the course progresses it’s important to take time layout the foundation and explaining why the topic is important. It’s reasonable to expect that your learners will have many distractions, but by showing the learner why the topic matters, you can cut through the distraction and engage your audience. Throughout the course, stick to the topics listed in the outline. This will help prevent the learner from getting lost in the material. Finally, don’t forget to recap the key points. The concept of recency and latency suggests that learners are better able to recall the first and last things presented.
2. Build educational presentations that cater to visual learners
Most concepts are more easily explained with a combination of words and visuals. It’s easy to add photos, but what if you can’t find an image that helps you explain your topic? This is where custom illustration or animation can make all the difference. Not only will a visual presentation help keep your leaners engaged, it can actually have an impact on how well your topic is learned, and retained. If you have an educational presentation that looks more like a page out of the text book, try splitting the information into multiple slides so that you have room for presentation visuals. Customers sometimes tell us that they don’t have the time to add more slides. Our view is that the right illustration, or animation can actually help your learning realize the concept quicker, and retain the information to a higher degree. So the question becomes… Can you really afford not to include relevant presentation visuals in your course?
3. Make it practical
Creating practical learning opportunities can take time to develop, but creating an opportunity for your learner to test the new information in an active way, helps lock in the information. Exercises will be dependent on allotted time, the concept, and the audience. Here’s a couple suggestions that think area effective.
A 30-second learning check. At the end of each section insert a slide that has a single question designed to encourage the learning to apply the concept to find an answer.
A Case Study. This may be a scenario that can be worked in a group, or as individuals. Both have benefits. Group work helps people to learn from others, challenge and defend answers. Induvial work encourages the learner to work through each stage of the process.
If you are a University/College Facilitator or Learning and Development Professional who needs a creative team to support your course development needs, give our team a call. At the very least we’ll have a great conversation about your project, but hopefully we can find an opportunity to put our team to the test!