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Creating e-Learning for English Second-Language Learners

This article has been contributed by FUEL, a member of ADESSA.

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At FUEL, we specialise in creating engaging e-Learning lessons for English second-language learners. Most of our learners speak English as their second language. This means that we have to be especially sensitive to their ability to understand the language. This includes every element of the e-Learning experience, from the writing of the narrative all the way through to the user interface design. In this article, we are going to share some of our most valued guidelines for creating awesome e-Learning lessons for our English second-language learners

Use the simplest language possible

Language use not only includes the words you use but also how you structure your sentences. We follow a basic rule: if you can think of a shorter word or sentence than what is being used – use it. If there is a simpler way of saying something, then say it that way.

If we’re using more technical terminology or jargon in your lesson, we use a specific example to illustrate exactly what you mean. Sometimes, we use a glossary section where we define these terms and explain what they are used for.

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Make navigation easy

There is nothing more frustrating than not knowing where to tap or click or how to continue with a lesson. For this reason, the navigation and user interface need to be as simple as it is instructive. Don’t leave anything up to chance. If there is the slightest chance of confusion, fix it.

Here, we think about what we want the learner to do at every step of the journey. When describing an action, we use a verb that the learner will relate to. For example, if we need our learners to select something to enter an answer, we make the wording for the relevant field something along the lines of: ‘Enter answer’. On top of this, we give the button a distinct colour that just screams action, like green or red.

Don’t introduce any elements that are distracting – ever. Here, we believe that our only goal is to help our learner understand something. If there is anything that distracts the learner’s attention from what matters – remove it.

Don’t only tell the learner – show them

We don’t expect our learners to rely on textual or verbal explanations only. We believe that the best way to explain how to do something is to show it. That’s why we love using video, and lots of simple images and easy-to-understand animations, for our learners.

Video can bridge gaps in language and ensure that if the learner doesn’t understand the wording, they can fall back onto the visuals. It’s simple, if you’re discussing an object, show it. If you’re trying to explain a difficult process, use flow charts and infographics to represent it visually.

These are just some of the guidelines that we use every day to ensure that any lessons we create are well positioned to ensure our learners keep learning. The bottom line is that for any e-Learning solution to be successful, it has to be based on knowing our learners. That’s why we strongly believe that every lesson begins with the question: ‘Who is my learner?’

ADESSA WELCOMES HEAD START EDUCATION

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It is with great pleasure that we are welcoming Head Start Education as the latest member of ADESSA.

Head Start Education serves as the Gateway to Africa for the leading education companies from around the world and also helps distribute some of the leading education products in South Africa.

Head Start has an E-school solution where they have the best education providers from around the world and in South Africa as part of a “Netflix for Education” solution.  The product and catalogue contains over 20 000 activities, games, and videos from ages 2-18, covering all subjects from STEM, literacy, multiple intelligences, brain-training, etc.

Head Start also has a first of its kind, online coding school for kids and adults.

For more information you can reach out to Shivad – shivad@hstart.co (not.com)

ADESSA welcomes AOSIS as a member

The latest organization to join the ranks of ADESSA members is AOSIS – a big welcome to them!

AOSIS was established in 1999 and have been a CPD service provider for 21 years. This organization is the largest Open Access scholarly publisher in South Africa and has published 46 Academic Journals and more than 30 open-access Academic Books over the past two years. 

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AOSIS can transform your current content into interactive e-learning courses suitable for online teaching as well as blended learning. The solutions are tailored to specific learning needs and goals, creating the desired learner engagement (by keeping learning alive, relevant, useful and continuous) to spark the desired behavioural change.

Your learning strategy can be shaped through project management, instructional design, visual design, technology, learnability, and passion.

AOSIS services include:

  • Curriculum design
  • Scripting
  • Media design and production (including eLearning video and podcast production, voice-overs)
  • Interactive Content Development
  • SCORM Packages
  • Project management
  • Moodle LMS expertise
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality.

e-LEARNING EXPO IN the CAPE WINELANDS

ADESSA teamed up with the Cape Winelands Education District of the Western Cape Education Department to present an e-learning conference/expo in Worcester on Saturday, 9 March 2019.

The event is appropriately themed: Transform to Perform. and will be attended by teachers and others interested in using technology as teaching and learning tools.

Over the next few weeks we will publish information on this website about some of the products and services that will be exhibited and demonstrated at the event.

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