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Benefits of Interactivities in E-learning

Interactivities in an e-learning course give the learner an opportunity to interact with the content, either by doing or by thinking. It helps the learner connect with the course better.

Let’s take this scenario as an example. You recently launched a product in the market and it’s sure to give tough competition to others. But, the sales team isn’t motivated and lacks enthusiasm. How do you think your product will have a chance to flourish in the market? Chances are, it won’t. The simple reason for this being an unenthusiastic sales team will not be able to convince customers about their product, and hence the product will have less market.

The same situation can apply in eLearning. The course will not be able to hold the learner’s attention for long without interactivity. Learners will not engage with the content, their retention of the information will weaken, and possibilities are they might get bored within the first 10 minutes of the course. Hence, adding interactivity is very important for an eLearning course to succeed, since it has proven to enhance the level of retention in learners. ELearning interactions not only engage the learner but also motivate him toward critical thinking and meaningful learning. Read this post to know the benefits of integrating interactivities in an eLearning course and how doing so will give better returns to the organization.

Condense content:

Interactivities help chunk content effectively and present it in a user-friendly manner. Voluminous content can be creatively condensed and presented to the learners for easy grasping.

Simulate real-life situations:

Using interactivity in eLearning allows imitation of real-life scenarios, learners are encouraged to make decisions without taking any actual risk. They are made to deal with the consequences of their action in a safe environment. This risk-free learning lets them decide freely and fosters deeper understanding. They are prepared better to face real-life situations.

Boost engagement:

Interactivities ensure learners are absorbed with the content. Also, when learners have the ability to control their learning process, they are more motivated and engaged.

Increase retention:

Interactivities increase the curiosity level of the learner. It results in active knowledge gaining. Various elements such as scenario-based learning, case studies, and multimedia create a compelling course structure that makes it memorable for the learner. Hence, with better knowledge retention, there will be better application in the work context.

Remove boredom:

Interactivity can be incorporated through fun elements such as music, visuals, and games, which motivate learners to participate willingly in the learning process. It increases the interest level for them while engaging them in the course. On the other hand, an eLearning course with a simple ‘click Next’ will not provide much room for reflection.

Offer scope for reflection:

In the learning process, it is the actual step where the learner will connect their past knowledge and experience with newly acquired knowledge. Reflection causes the desired changes in the learner, after completing a course. Interactivities in eLearning make the learner respond and take charge of their own learning.

Build better assessments:

An eLearning course with interactivity provides multiple ways to assess the learners’ performance such as multiple choice quizzes, tests, scenarios, simulations, and interactive videos. With an interactive medium, evaluating the effectiveness of the online training is improved. It also allows to record learners’ progress and save their test results.

Incorporating interactivities in eLearning courses can result in a major impact, both on the learners and their knowledge retention levels. Incorporate interactivities in eLearning courses if you want to ensure greater results from your employees.

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