‘Communicating and interacting with learners is possible only in classroom trainings’ is your belief right? But this is possible in eLearning too using “animated images”. These characters act as guides and interact with the learners. This is quite interesting and engaging. Animated images enhance the quality of learning. Animated images are used in eLearning courses to excite the learners. Let’s take a look at the compelling reasons to use animated images?
If you see, you may forget, but if you do, you will remember” is what I have been told in my childhood and that is what I follow and suggest. When we look at complicated processes or difficult strategies, we tend to panic about how to represent it so that the learner can remember and recollect it. Here is a new approach before you, the use of character simulations that will tell your learner “how to do” and “What to do”. These can be achieved using characters and audio to add fun to the learning and to make it effective. These characters act as an instructors/tutors and take learners through simulations that keep them engaged without losing the pulse. For example, if your learners want to create an account on gmail and is not aware of how to do, the use of simulations will help you take the learner through the steps of how to create an account. This is how a character simulation helps when you want to explain your learner on how to do and what to do.
No matter how interesting the content might be, it will seem dry and boring unless it has some images that visually attract the learners and engage them. To avoid monotony and hook the learner we must add these characters as they are great motivators, act as fun factors and create interest. They can also mimic human body language and give a high impact to learning.
Characters, when used in simulations, act as the perfect guide for your learners. Characters add that extra punch to your simulations; even the driest of processes seem interesting when you add characters to your simulation. The way you communicate with your learner is as important as what you actually want to convey. This is where a character can bring about the desired behavior in your learners in a very subtle way. When your learners are engaged and interested, they will learn more and be able to recall better and character simulations can help us achieve this objective. Character simulation takes the place of a real-life instructor in a virtual setting and enhances the overall learning experience.
In my view, using animated images is the best way to make learning interesting and fun. What do you think? Please do share your views.