When creating eLearning content, don’t be fooled into thinking courses are made up of only PowerPoint presentations, interactive videos and/or text documents. In fact, there are many different types of content you can use in eLearning. Here’s a list of just 22 different types:
1. PowerPoint Presentations
One of the most popular forms of eLearning content are PowerPoint presentations. They’re easy to put together and ideal for laying out information in a style most are used to seeing. You can also incorporate some of the content types below into a presentation.
When learning something new, guides can be helpful in giving detailed information or step-by-step instructions about a particular topic. If your training revolves around a broader, more widely known topic (as opposed to product-specific) there may already be a finished guide you can readily link to in your training.
Reports are a useful tool when you need factually-supported information to go along with your training. And, much like guides, reports can be pretty easy to find for a variety of topics and industries.
4. White Papers
When complex topics or issues need to be included in your training, whitepapers are an excellent option. Depending on the topic, it may be hard to find a whitepaper specific to your needs, but if you can find one then they’re great resources with well-sourced information.
It goes without saying that charts and graphs can help make confusing data look a little more appealing and clear to your learners.
Graph via eLearning Learning
When in-person training isn’t possible, webinars can be a great substitute. Look for webinars that include presentations or a combination of a presentation and face-to-computer time.
Podcasts are picking up in popularity which means the variety of information and topics covered on them is better than ever. For example, we were able to find a few eLearning podcasts.
Gamification is an LMS buzzword but is also gaining in popularity. Learners don’t always want to feel as if they’re “learning” so creating a fun training environment through leaderboards, badges and game-like learning modules can make it fun!
Don’t have time to create your own presentation or looking for something written by a subject matter expert (SME)? Check out Slideshare. It’s a social sharing site that is full of presentations uploaded by users.
Sometimes, a simple image or illustration can have a big impact on learners, more so than a paragraph of text. Consider harnessing the power of images in your training.
Breaking up text documents with video is an effective way of reengaging learners. An article was recently published with research concluding the ideal length of an elearning video is 7 minutes. Keep this in mind when creating or choosing the video(s) that compliment your training goals.
12. Case Studies
Examples are extremely helpful and what better way to include real-life examples than through case studies? These in-depth studies can shed light on a topic through their use of specific problem-solution breakdowns.
Images and statistics all rolled up into one piece of jam-packed information. There’s a reason infographics are so popular and it’s because they make learning information so easy (when done right).
14. Problem-Solution Scenarios
We already mentioned case studies as an ideal form of this problem-scenario situation, but there are many other ways to incorporate them into training. Interactive learning videos, question and answer quizzes, and videos are just a few options.
Sometimes, generalized training doesn’t always speak directly to the needs of specific learner groups that encounter unique challenges. In this instance, simulations can be more effective. These can be shown via video or having learners conduct their own offline simulations.
16. Screen Captures
When we say ‘screen captures’ we’re talking about the print screen or screenshot option. You can use this feature to include website or software screenshots, step-by-step tutorials, side-by-side comparisons and more.
17. Animated GIFs
Need to show learners a quick how-to that will repeat? Create a GIF! All you need to do is take a few quick pictures and use a tool like Giphy’s GIF Maker to create your very own repeating graphic.
GIF via materialup
These tools are versatile in how you can utilize them in eLearning. You can ensure your learners understand new concepts by having them complete a checklist at the end of training, include them in the actual training as something of a to-do list, and more.
The word eBook can mean a number of different things. It can mean a full-length novel that is in electronic format or more of an electronic whitepaper or extended article format.
For obvious reasons, articles are a perfect type of content to include in your training. They are chock full of helpful information that may include links to other resources (online) or references to additional resources (print format) along with pictures, graphs/charts, etc.
21. Blog Posts
Because blog posts are normally shorter in length than articles, they can be ideal for shorter training modules.
Whether in video or text format, interviews can add SME, opposing, or complimentary viewpoints to your training.
When you’re struggling to come up with new ways to engage your learners or looking for outside sources to supplement your own, think of these 22 types of content you can use in eLearning. Hopefully there’s at least one or two you might not have thought of before.
Do you have any other types of content you have used in eLearning?