How to Create an Effective Online Learning Environment?

Nowadays, if we want to learn, there are many opportunities available. The teaching-learning process is constantly changing with the development of technology. Beyond traditional education, more and more people prefer the opportunities offered by online education, which can also make learning more effective. In this journal, by our colleague, Lívia Hosszú, you can read briefly about whether it is possible to create an effective online learning environment and, if so, how it can be created.

Defining the Learning Environment

The learning process, where the student encounters the educational content and related learning activities, can take place in a traditional classroom setting or in an online environment. However, it is important to keep in mind that each learning environment has its own characteristics.

While the traditional environment refers mostly to classroom settings, in the online learning environment the entire process of learning, the interactions, and the communication takes place completely online. During classroom instruction, the student can immediately ask any questions about the topic, in an online environment, e.g., a forum can be created to fulfil this role.

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Is It Possible to Create an Effective Online Learning Environment? If So, Then How?

During content development, our goal is to ensure that the completed e-learning course material is efficient and effective, and that the students are satisfied. To reach this goal, we need to create an online learning environment in which, on the one hand, the student can achieve his learning objectives, and on the other hand, he can do it in such a way that he can stay motivated during the learning process.

But how can we achieve this? You may also have the same question. Below you find some steps that can help:

Using an Educational Planning Model

Examples: ADDIE model: a 5-step learner-centred model whose steps are:

  1. Analysis
  2. Design
  3. Development
  4. Implementation
  5. Evaluation

Klippe 5C model: click here to read more about the model.

During Planning, Think About

How to Display the Educational Content

Visuality plays an extremely important role in e-learning content (as well) because it is much easier to learn from a colourful, uniform curriculum. It is of crucial importance to use colours, fonts, and graphic elements that match the topic, which contribute to the best possible understanding/acquirement of the educational content.

The Activities and Interactions to Use

It is essential to create interactive content with varied tasks, thus maintaining the student’s attention and motivation.

The Feedbacks to Give

Giving regular feedback is also an essential part of the learning process, make sure that you give feedback to your students after solving each task.

Gamification in e-learning

Gamification makes e-learning more enjoyable and consumable, so that learners can learn with more enthusiasm and more effectively. We give you a taste of the tools of gamification and help you get started.


Student Behaviour – Who Is Sitting in Front of the Screen?

The student is a key player in the development process, so as the first step of the content development process, let’s find out who we are preparing the content for, what prior knowledge they have, and what age they are.

After gathering information, at the start of the planning, do not forget that our future students will complete the course in an online learning environment, which is, compared to a traditional educational environment, characterized by a different form of student behaviour. What are we talking about?

In an online environment, learning is not limited to place and time, students in front of the screen follow individual learning paths, have different attitudes, motivations, objectives, different knowledge, experiences, and time management. During the development, to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, you should not only focus on the content of the course material and a user-friendly interface, but you also have to take into account the student behaviour of the target group.

5 Methodological Tips That Are Worth Paying Attention to During Development

Having read the previous thoughts you can see that in order to create effective e-learning content for our students, we need to pay attention to several important steps. We would like to provide you with additional practical help and share some useful methodological tips:


Find out as much information as possible about the target group for whom you are preparing the content, for example
/ age group
/ prior knowledge
/ skill set
/ motivation

Try to build the content by breaking it down into several short/small units/modules, thus maintaining the students’ attention.


During planning, include short breaks between each activity, so that the student will have time to think about what he/she has read or learned.


When compiling the content, organize the students into groups to solve a task or problem, which gives them the opportunity to learn from each other.


It is also worth including an online forum option in the course, where students can discuss the topic of the course material.

Check out our content development guidelines for more useful ideas!

The author of this journal, Lívia Hosszú, is studying pedagogy, specializing in e-learning development. She works at Klippe as a content developer since spring 2022.


János Ollé, Ágnes Kocsis, Előd Molnár, Henrik Sablik, Anna Pápai, Boglárka Faragó: Educational Design, Digital Content Development. Líceum Kiadó, Eger. 2016. [in Hungarian language, original title: Oktatástervezés, digitális tartalomfejlesztés]

Adrienn Papp-Danka: Examining the Learning Methodology of Educational Forms Supported by an Online Learning Environment. Elte Eötvös Kiadó, Budapest, 2014. [in Hungarian language, original title: Az online tanulási környezettel támogatott oktatási formák tanulásmódszertanának vizsgálata]

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