Employee safety has become the most important aspect for organizations and that’s the reason why they invest in safety training. Since employees need to refresh their knowledge quite often, self-paced learning formats such as eLearning are ideal for this requirement.
So, as an eLearning designer, how do you make sure your online safety training courses are interesting?
There are many elements used by eLearning designers to make courses engaging. In this post, we will look at the 3 most widely used elements that add value to online safety training courses.
Videos: Videos are informative and visually elevate the content. They provide a great level of interaction and capture the learner’s attention. But, merely embedding a video into the eLearning course doesn’t serve the purpose of effective learning. The video has to be woven into the eLearning course with some additional information. This is what our team has done. Recently, our team worked on a fire safety course. The client provided a long video on different classes of fire, types of fire extinguishers, the band colors of fire extinguishers, etc. Instead of showing the entire video, we divided the video into small bits and showed these bits under relevant sub-topics with some additional information. This worked well making learning very effective.
Info-graphics: The saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ means to convey a message using one picture. The main purpose of an info-graphic is to represent complex and large amount of information clearly in a way that it is understood at a glance. This is an excellent way to improve retention of information. For example, in order to demonstrate the PASS technique to extinguish fire, we have used an info-graphic supported by a small explanation through audio.
Activities: Assessments in the form of activities is an interesting way to reinforce learning. Activities are fun and help increase the learner’s motivation. For example, to assess the learner’s knowledge on types of extinguishers used on different classes of fire, we used a theme – house on fire. Each time the learner gets an answer right, the fire gets extinguished.
To summarize, these are some of the ways to capture the learner’s interest. What other elements do you think will make the elearning course engaging? Do share your thoughts.
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