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Ways to Use Emotional Design in eLearning

Written By Induja Gurukuntala

Use Emotional Design in eLearning

It is a known fact that we all feel drawn to something with which we have an emotional connection. By creating a motivational and memorable learning experience, we can engage the learners emotionally. Let us see a few ways in which courses can be designed with emotional connect.

1. Telling a story

This is an effective and proven method of teaching that motivates even as it engages learners. An emotional impact created on the hearts of the learners makes them remember the content. Thereby it influences learners to execute the daily operations through the motivation thus developed in them.

You can start your training with a short story, and the learner can be challenged to use the skills he/she has been exposed to in the training. The remaining training can be continued based on this opening story. While testing, at each step when the learner makes a correct choice, applaud it. Similarly when the learner makes an incorrect choice, explain how the choice is wrong.

Telling a story

2. Examples

Concepts can be better explained with the help of examples relevant to their real work situations.

This can be used by giving an actual story to the learner on a particular subject. You can start the course with an example by which the learner can understand the concept. Challenge the learner on the same subject. Organize the feedback in a subtle tone if it is incorrect.

Later part of the course can be built on this and an insight into how each new situation can be taught could be gained.

Examples

3. Visual interest

An interesting way of engaging the learner is by incorporating visually appealing images into the course.

There are two ways to add the visual component to your course:

Graphics: Use of graphics can be a very effective way of increasing visual interest. For example, a simple two dimensional chart can be very effective. Others include the ideogram, graphics and symbols that can be used to represent content of your course.

Animations: Another good way of presenting the content with visual appeal is by using animations in the course. This can be helpful in conveying complex information in a simple way.

Photography: Using photographs can support and add visual interest to your course. A quality photograph that explains your content will be effective in enhancing learning and retention of information.

Visual interest

These are a few ways in which you can add emotional content to your eLearning course. If you have any new ideas, do share with me.

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