Jim is an excellent classroom trainer with decades of experience; his presence, presentations and delivery methods in the class makes the session interesting and engaging. He has good ILT presentations & handouts which he wants to convert into standalone eLearning Modules by simply publishing it using an authoring tool.
But, when PPT is simply published using authoring tools the essence of personal training will be missing. Making certain modifications to your presentations i.e. by adding a few interactive elements, you can make your course more engaging and effective.
As we know that eLearning is a Non-Instructor Led Training, adding interactivities counterbalances the physical existence of a trainer. Studies have shown that web/computer/mobile based learning is greatly enhanced when interactive elements are incorporated into it.
Some common and effective interactive elements that can engage your learners are:
Hyperlinks: Link some websites or other additional resources to your course that can provide your learners additional and in-depth information on the subject. These also act as job aids.
Animations, Click On interactivities and Simulations: When you include animations, click on interactivities and simulations, you are accelerating the learning and the learner indirectly gains hands on experience.
Visuals and Audio: When your learners are adults, it is important that the eLearning is designed to suit the different adult learning styles (Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic). Furthermore, let your learners choose their own learning style.
Games: Learning is fun and effective when it is done through games as; it holds the interest of the learner longer than any other strategy. You could design games in a manner that they are related to your learning objectives.
Assessments: Learning is complete only when it is assessed. Including assessments builds in the seriousness and also helps the learners know how much they have understood. On the other hand, as a trainer, you will know whether the learning objectives are met.
I would like to conclude saying that an effective eLearning should contain above mentioned engaging elements to enhance and accelerate learning. However we should maintain a proper balance while using these components as too many or too less interactivities overshadow your learning objectives.