We often get requests to add extra content to existing courses. Sometimes, it makes complete sense to add the new information but sometimes, not so much.
Here are 3 quick questions to ask yourself before adding extra content to an existing course.
- Does it fit with the current content? If it adding extra information to a topic that is already covered in the course, that is usually fine. But if it is a different topic to anything in the course, it is likely to just confuse the learner and make the course seem disjointed.
- How much length does it add to the course? Current guidelines for elearning suggest the maximum course length should be 15 minutes. After that, the learners retention drops off a cliff. So, if you are adding 10 minutes of content to a 10 minute course, you are better off creating a new course.
- Should the content be in an elearning format? This is a question you should ask before creating any course, as well as before adding content. Elearning is a great way of delivering appropriate content but should not be used where you need a high level of interaction from the learner.
So, before adding any content, just check through these three questions to decide on the best approach.