eLearning is a convenient and effective way to deliver training to employees. However, not all eLearning courses are created equal. The level of interactivity and engagement can vary greatly from course to course.
There are three main levels of eLearning courses:
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3|
|This is the most basic level of eLearning. It consists primarily of text and still images that support the stated objectives – in other words, a “page turner” with linear progression. These courses include simple, functional interactions, and limited audio. Level 1 courses are typically very straightforward and easy to follow.||This level of eLearning includes moderately interactive components. The information is presented more visually, and there may be branching, interactions, and increased use of audio, graphics, video, and animation. Level 2 courses combine presentation pages with interactive activities and knowledge checks, are more engaging, and can help learners retain information better.||This is the most advanced level of eLearning. It includes interactive simulations that mimic real-world systems or customer interactions. Level 3 courses may include task or problem solving based on scenarios or case studies, high-end graphics, simulations with decision-making and branching capabilities, and learning games. These courses are designed to engage learners and stimulate higher order thinking to help learners develop the skills they need to perform their jobs effectively.|
The best level of eLearning for you will depend on the specific learning objectives of your course. If you are simply trying to provide learners with basic information, then a Level 1 course may be sufficient. However, if you want learners to develop skills or learn how to use a complex system, then a Level 2 or 3 course may be necessary.
When choosing the right level of eLearning for your course, consider the following factors:
- The learning objectives of your course. What do you want learners to be able to do after completing the course?
- The level of prior knowledge of your learners. How much do they already know about the subject matter?
- The budget for your course. Level 3 courses can be more expensive to develop and produce than level 1 or 2 courses.
- The time available for development and delivery of your course. Level 3 courses can take longer to develop and produce than level 1 or 2 courses.