how to design your online courses to suit different types of learners

One of the most rewarding skills you should master as an online course creator is how to accommodate different types of learners in your online course.

After all, we all learn differently, right?

While some people learn and absorb information by reading text, others learn by watching videos, while the rest learn when they listen to audio or perform activities related to the topic they are learning.

The mistake many course creators make is tailoring their course to just one learning style and ignoring the others.

While this might be the easiest approach to creating courses, it will definitely affect your student's learning experience which in turn will get reflected in your course sales.

So, how do you create an online course to suit different types of learners?

Here's the best way to create a course that speaks to all types of learners:

  1. Break down your lessons into pictures, graphics, animations, and videos
  2. Include audio files in the form of podcasts for your online course
  3. Create a PDF copy of your online course and make it downloadable
  4. Create scenarios and have students walk through them to reach a definite answer

Because you're creating the best learning experience for your students, they will leave lots of positive reviews on your course websites, and refer their friends which in turn increases your course sales.

In this article, I will be sharing with you the tactics I have developed over the years on how to design your online course to suit all learners.

Finally, I will suggest the best hosting platform that will allow you to incorporate all these tactics. So, make sure to read to the end.

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Types Of Learning Styles

Basically, there are four types of learners and they include:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Reading and writing
  • Kinesthetic

Now, let's look at what each of these learning styles entails and how you can design your course to suit your students' needs.

Visual Learning Style

Visual learners learn better by watching and observing images, pictures, and graphics.

These types of learners will retain information more efficiently if it was passed through videos, infographics, pictures, animations, or any other visual aid.

They associate those visual elements with the information passed and, as a result, remember them easily.

That's not to say that they can't learn through other means, but visuals are their strength.

How To Design Your Online Course For Visual Learners

The best way to tailor your online course for visual learners is to break down your lessons and incorporate pictures, graphics, infographics, animations, and videos into it.

In doing this, you can create PowerPoint presentations in the form of an explainer video, then add your voiceover.

Another thing you can do in your course video is some green-screen recordings, where you insert yourself into the middle of the recording, making your videos look much more polished and professional.

Auditory Learning Style

Auditory learners are basically those who learn better by listening to audio pieces.

That means they will retain information when they listen to lectures or when you read it out loud to them.

They also love to participate in debates or discussions with colleagues. And they don't necessarily need to write down the information to memorize them.

How To Design Your Online Course For Auditory Learners

When designing your online course to meet the needs of auditory learners, consider including audio files in the form of podcasts.

You can also have your course videos, which are beneficial not only to visual learners but also to auditory learners. They will listen to the audio from the video.

Finally, since auditory learners learn faster through discussions and debates, you should consider hosting live webinars with your students where they get to discuss the course topic with each other.

Reading and Writing Learning Style

As the name suggests, these learners majorly learn through reading and writing. They prefer reading through walls of text to watching videos or listening to audio files.

These learners also retain new information better by writing assignments and taking quizzes.

How To Design Your Online Course For Reading and Writing Learners

Since these learners learn better when they read and write, you should consider creating a PDF copy of your online course and making it downloadable on your website.

Other additional learning resources can include, blog posts, articles, or eBooks. They can read these materials and even make notes for easy retention.

You should also subtitle your course videos and incorporate written quizzes and assignments at the end of each lesson.

Kinesthetic Learning Style

Generally, these learners have a problem focusing on something for long periods of time. They get bored easily.

So, the best way to avoid boring them with lectures is to engage them with activities.

That is, kinesthetic learners, learn better through experiences and practice than through reading, writing, listening, or watching. They must physically engage in order to process information.

How To Design Your Online Course For Kinesthetic Learners

Since kinesthetic learners absorb more through practicals and experiences, having them solve a practical project or activity at the end of the course will be extremely beneficial.

You can use scenario-based learning, in which you create scenarios and have students walk through them to reach a definite answer or conclusion.

This way, your lessons will stick with these students longer because they will be able to put what they have learned into practice.

It's also a good idea to use gamification techniques to make your courses more enjoyable for your students.

You should also create a community for the students to interact and share ideas.

Wrapping Up - What Next?

Now that you know the different types of learners and how to adapt your online course to suit all of them, it's important to choose a course hosting platform that can accommodate all types of course designs.

You need a platform that cannot only let you upload your course videos but one that also allows you to upload e-books and audio files, including assignments, quizzes, and projects, and also build a strong community for your students.

OnlineCourseHost.Com is an all-in-one course hosting platform that allows you to upload course designs that will resonate with all types of learners.

Aside from that, the platform comes with an intuitive interface so you wouldn't have a hard time uploading your courses and it's very affordable.

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Vasco Cavalheiro

OnlineCourseHost.com Founder & Online Course Creator

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