According to the neuroscientist Dr. John Medina’s Brain Rule #10, all humans are excellent in remembering pictures. We all learn and retain more when we see rather than when we just hear or read. So why not use this simple human psychology to add value and make your eLearning courses more appealing?
In this blog, I am going to discuss the top five ways to add an excellent creative touch to your eLearning courses, thus enabling learners to take home rich knowledge, which will never be forgotten.
1. Customize the GUI:
The first thing that catches the attention of learners is the template of the course. The template accommodates the course, modules, units, assessments and certificates. It is the foundation on which a course is built. You can personalize the template by adding your own style guides to the clients’ requirements. The bottom line is that the complete template should reflect the aura of the organization, thereby providing a homely environment for learners. This enables them to get acquainted to the course.
For one of our clients, a leading automotive components conglomerate in India, we customized the template according to their requirements which included restrictions between slides, highlighting of buttons, and audio on/off features.
2. Move over images, videos are in:
Gone are the days when just images were enough to make your eLearning courses look visually great. Including videos is the new mantra for up scaling your eLearning courses. Videos are actually moving images that combine texts, images, sound and various animations. They take learners’ learning experience to a higher level by enabling them to connect with the subject.
For example, for explaining the working of a machine in the manufacturing industry, one can demonstrate a short video that explains the parts of that machine and its working. This facilitates learners to remember the working of the machine in a sequential manner and aids them to apply the same on-their job.
3. Make use of interactivities and games:
“Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn!” is rightly said by Benjamin Franklin. Maximum learning happens only when a learner’s involvement is active. Involve your learners in the course by making your eLearning courses interactive.
For example, use rollovers tabs; click on icons, flipbooks and many more exciting interactivities, which make the learners absorb all the content that you want them to.
Coming to assessments and test your knowledge, erase the ‘fear factor’ of tests from the minds of your learners by replacing traditional single selects and multiple selects with various games, puzzles, riddles.
For example, you can include the bowling game in your quiz, in which if the learner selects the correct answer, then all the bowling pins fall down and if the answer is wrong, then none of them fall. Such interactivities and assessments always impact learners’ minds and impact all the learning.
4. Make use of infographics:
Info graphic is the magical tool to make your otherwise huge content look beautiful and visually appealing. Using info graphics we can present any form of information with the help of colorful graphs, charts, notes. They provide quicker ways of learning and more importantly to retain the gained knowledge. Info graphics give ‘at-a-glance’ preview of the complete information. Info graphics help in reinforcing learning too.
5. Use various approaches for conveying the crux of your course:
E-learning can sometimes become mundane because you do not have a person to interact and converse with. This can be addressed by making the course lively and more engaging. Incorporate scenarios in a course in which people interact in the environment of a classroom, training hall, manufacturing plant and many more depending on the context. This allows learners to associate themselves to the situation and help them solve their real-world problems. Another way of creating interactive elearning courses is through storytelling, where incidents can be explained to learners to relate to their experiences. This leads to longer retention of any learning. Other approaches include the use of discussion boards and case studies.
So with the above creative tips, make your eLearning courses look unique. Have any more to add on? Please do share the same!
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