Rather than having an e-Learning course that talks at attendees, make the trainees part of the training process by creating interactivity. When learners can participate in the training, the content engages them, which helps to hold their interest. Use these five tips to make e-learning interactive and engaging for your next e-Learning course.
1. Tell a Story
People love to read biographies and novels for a reason. Ideally, they get drawn in by the story. The reader becomes engaged and they stick it out to find out what the outcome is. The same concept can be applied to e-Learning. Use the content to tell a story. It typically comes down to the examples and anecdotes behind the content and the information that is the story behind the story.
2. Go Beyond Clicking “Next”
Add some interactivity to your e-Learning courses. Getting the trainee to do more than clicking the “next” button to move to the next slide is the key to creating interactivity because it gets them thinking. At the end of each module, pull the trainee in by asking them some questions. Provide them with a survey or rating scale that helps them assess how their personal situation relates to the information they just learned. Think the “Cosmo Quiz” where they answer all of the questions and then see which category they fall into based on their responses. Use this easy tip to make your e-learning interactive.
3. Use Voiceover Audio
Instead of forcing learners to read and read, add audio to your e-Learning courses. Voiceover audio has the presenter talk in the background while visuals, presentation slides, graphics or charts appear on the screen. It creates a similar experience to sitting in a classroom style setting, where the instructor is talking the students through the material. In the case of e-Learning, audio does not include background music, which can be more distracting than it is helpful in aiding the learning process.
4. Show It Instead of Telling It
Use visuals rather than text to tell the story and teach the material. You can even use a comic book as your guide. The primary part of the storyline is the pictures and graphics. The text is only used to add afterthoughts and fill in the missing blanks of the storyline. This concept requires you to show the story through the pictures and tell less in the way of textual content.
5. Create Relatable Characters
Use characters or professionals in your story to which your audience can relate. In other words, make the characters match the age group, professional level, educational level and backgrounds of those attending the training. When the audience members can relate to the characters, they quickly engage to see how they can apply the content and concepts to their own lives.
When you sprinkle in interactive activities and ways to engage learners, not only do you hold their attention, but they retain more of the information. Learners can then use the information they retain to apply it to their everyday lives. We hope these 5 ways to make e-learning interactive and engaging have been helpful.
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