How to develop e-Learning from a didactic foundation


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How to develop e-Learning from a didactic foundation

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Written by Christophe Jacobs

Chief Customer Success Officer

If you create an online or blended learning program for your organization, you can’t escape it: e-learning didactics. Didactics is, nicely put, the art of learning. It is the theory that gives insight into how people learn new knowledge, skills and attitudes. This way participants learn in the most efficient way and it also results in the desired attitude in practice.

Start by establishing the ideal practice

First, look at the ideal practice. What does it look like? What do employees need to know or be able to do to achieve the ideal practice?

Example: Usually you can’t achieve the ideal practice by just focusing on knowledge and skills, but some changes need to be made to the practice itself. If someone is taking a time management course and the person is overloaded with work, it will take more than imparting knowledge and skills in a training. Therefore, it is always recommended to zoom out and look at the big picture of the ideal practice.

After defining the ideal practice, determine the learning objective of the e-Learning. There are many different learning objectives possible. Here are a few examples:

  • Respond
  • Formulate
  • Compare
  • Select
  • Investigate
  • Interpret
  • Recognize
  • Describe

The approach and method is different for each learning objective. After determining the learning objective, make a choice from the different Learning Formats. Then you can start developing the e-Learning.

Pro-tip: Start on paper first! This makes you more creative and makes it easier to work out the first rough idea of the e-Learning.


At FLOWSPARKS, you choose a Learning Format that matches the learning objective. This format is a handy didactic template that allows anyone to develop an e-Learning easily and quickly without the intervention of an instructional or graphic designer (read more about this in the blog: How to save up to 90% of your time in creating e-Learning).

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FLOWSPARKS is learned very quickly, without much need for technical or didactic knowledge. The latter is as it were already incorporated in FLOWSPARKS itself in the many templates, each of which serves different learning styles and objective.


A peek into the didactic brain of the Learning Formats

All of FLOWSPARKS’ Learning Formats contain a didactic structure. As described above, each Learning Format starts from a specific learning objective. But which didactic elements can a Learning Format contain?

  • Direct feedback
  • Power of repetition
  • Context driven learning
  • Adaptive learning
  • Top-down and bottom-up learning
  • Learning by self-reflection

Developing e-Learning according to a didactic flow

We want to make e-Learning development as easy as possible. Therefore, each Learning Format uses a flow. This flow is full of didactic techniques and principles. We zoom in on the Learning Format STORYWISE and give you a peek under the hood of this didactic flow.


Learning aim: To have the right reaction in a given situation

About STORYWISE: With short stories and active learning moments in the form of dilemmas, the participant chooses between ‘good-better-best’ answers in a situation. The participant comes to new insights with the immediate feedback they receive after giving an answer.

The didactic characteristics

  • Active involvement of the participant.
  • A real-life scenario.
  • The feedback after each dilemma and at the end.


Watch this video and find out more about the didactic FLOWs!

Even if you don't know how the engine works, you can still enjoy the ride

With the didactic Learning Formats we inspire both the Learning & Development specialist and the newcomer in creating e-Learning. This way everyone can create effective online learning experiences that have the desired effect. In this way, new e-Learning modules are developed quickly and easily in your organization.

Would you also like to be able to easily and quickly develop e-Learning yourself with a didactic basis? Request a free demo!

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