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The golden rules for creating your first custom uLearn course
The golden rules for creating your first custom uLearn course

Get up to speed with Course Builder with these five top tips.

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Written by Micke Ahola
Updated over a week ago

Want to know how to make the most out of uLearn Course Builder? Read this guide to help you get started with building high-quality custom courses!

1. Give your course learning objectives & a checklist

When your users start your custom course, they want to know what it's going to be about. Giving your course a first slide that includes all the learning objectives you expect them to meet after taking the course helps them understand what they key points are - and helps you in sticking to the core topics when you're writing the course.

You should also accompany the learning objectives with a checklist at the end of your course - just before the questions. The checklist should include all the points from the learning objectives, and include links back to the slides where each learning objective is discussed. This way, your users can ensure they're confident on all the main points before moving to the questions - and can revisit any topics they didn't quite get the first time.

2. Fill slides - but don't overfill them

Slides that are nearly empty will not contain much useful information, but are also not visually appealing. While courses are most effective when they're brief, if slides are too short users may simply whizz through them without stopping to read them properly.

Slides shouldn't be too long either. If a user needs to scroll down on a slide to be able to view all its contents, the slide should probably be broken into two. Slides are most effectively used when the user's screen is filled, without scroll bars appearing. 

3. Use images to inform & entertain

Having too much text without any breaks will quickly start to tire your users. Images are important to make courses more visually appealing. Visual content gives users something to rest their eyes on for a moment and process the information they've just read, and can potentially be used to make courses more entertaining.

Images are also great for explaining topics and concepts for users. You could think about including a graph of a process you're educating your users on, or a picture of a tool that you discuss in your course. 

4. Engage users with interactive content

Interactive content is what sets apart engaging Learning Management Systems (LMS) from any other type of learning experience. Interactive content helps users make the most out of their learning by allowing them to take an active role. 

uLearn Course Builder currently supports three types of interactive content: Cards, Carousels and Annotated Images. Read this article to learn how the different types of content on uLearn can help you keep your users engaged.

5. Include 10 questions

Testing is key to learning. Memories are strengthened every time they are recollected, which is why adding questions to the end of your course is highly beneficial to your users. In addition, you will see how your users do in their questions, allowing you to gauge learning progress per individual user or across your organisation. 

While it's important to test your users, you don't want to overwhelm them with too many questions. 10 is the number we recommend, as it should allow you to cover most learning objectives and areas without having too many similar or overlapping questions.

If you have a lot of material in your course or just happen to have many ideas for questions, you can put as many questions as you wish in your course and then turn on the question limit. The question limit setting is on the Course Details page, and when you switch it on it selects the number of questions you set from the list of questions each time a user takes the course. This is randomised, which also helps you ensure that users don't share answers between each other, but answer the questions themselves!

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