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3 Simple Ways to Create Alignment for Your Online Courses

 In eLearning, Instructional Design

A fundamental aspect of creating meaningful, interactive, quality instruction is alignment between the learning objectives, instructional strategies, and assessment items.

Failure to ensure alignment between these core instructional design elements may result in a poor learner experience and negative end results because what is stated as what the learner should be able to do/demonstrate is not the focus and/or the learners are simply not giving the appropriate opportunity to do so.

Spending that wee bit of extra time to ensure alignment can help save time in the long run and can help the client achieve the goals and objectives of the learning.

Here are three ways to create alignment:

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Create a meaningful, observable, and appropriate learning objective that specifically states what the learners will be able to do after completion of instruction.

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Create instructional strategies that provide opportunity for the learners to practice what they have learned in a risk free environment.

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Generate assessments that directly relate to what it is they are expected to do, as stated in the learning objective(s), and what they have had the opportunity to learn and practice.

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It is imperative that Instructional Designers and eLearning developers spend adequate time ensuring that this is alignment between the core design elements in the course.

When done accurately, you will not only see the rewards when going through the instructional design process but also when you see the learners fully engaged in learning and the results that have occurred because of the learning experience.

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