It is common knowledge that we get attracted to cartoons and characters, they are fun and interesting. Avatars are attractive characters that can transform a boring subject into an interesting one. In the field of eLearning, if you have a content that is complex and difficult to grasp, always use an avatar that will act as a guide and entertain the learner throughout the course. See that the character makes learning effective and fun and the course has a conversational tone.
Decide an Avatar Based on the Topic
You might ask why should the character be specific and apt to the content and why not a normal character? It is very important that we choose the right character that suits the content; otherwise, it may look ordinary and seem uninteresting. When you choose the right avatar based on the topic and have a conversational tone, you add life to the subject and the course.
For instance, let’s take a course on “Records Management”. Here, the whole content talks about the importance of records management and how to manage them. For most employees, records management is a boring task. Now the real task begins here. You should teach this dry subject and for that you need to make it interesting. Let’s see how, a character “Records” that represents itself and tells the learner its importance and how to manage it.
Let’s see a screen shot on how to represent an avatar.
Now let’s take another example of complex content – supply chain management. Supply chain is another complex and dry subject that can be made interesting, using a character suitable to its content, which will add life to the course as well engage the learner throughout the course. You should think innovatively, while choosing a character for the course. We have used an “Ant” as an avatar in a course on supply chain management to guide the learner. The ant is a resident of an ant colony and is an expert in managing a supply chain. It is ideal to explain the subject.
Below is a screen shot on of the Ant that takes the learner through the course.
We can use avatars in number of ways. But, when it comes to a subject that is complex and dry, always try to use a character that is related to the subject. This will make the course self-explanatory, add fun, act as a guide, entertain the learner and make learning interesting and effective. If you want to share or add more unique characters, please do so.