Allowing the learner to interact with the content is a basic definition of interactivity. Interactivities play a major role in making eLearning courses effective and engaging. But this effective tool is being used within many limitations making it hardly effective anymore.
We have limited ourselves to interactivities like Click on Tabs, numbers, images, dots and arrows. We often don’t make changes to them. Even if we do, we only alter the alignment of the tabs. We make it a point to use them after every third or fourth screen so that the learner will be engaged interacting with the course. But, will the act of clicking on the same types of tabs all the time make a course interesting and keep the learner engaged?
How to extend the boundaries?
Create interactivities depending on the content type and wherever you want the learner to remember the content.
We usually go for click on numbers for content which discusses the steps of an activity. But, we can present them in a more creative way as shown in the below screenshots. The learners click on each step to reveal the details of that step.
In the example mentioned below, the footprints represent the steps. Clicking on the numbers will reveal the steps.
The below screenshot shows an interactivity in which the learner has to click on each locator to reveal more information about a process.
The screenshot shown below is interactivity, used for teaching mnemonics-based content. Here, the learner has to click on each alphabet to learn about it.
It is important that the visualization of the interactivity tells you the type of content taught. These are some simple but interesting and engaging ways of creating interactivities, depending on the content. If you have any such ideas, do share them.