Do Fun Elements in eLearning Courses Improve Learner Engagement?

Do Fun Elements in eLearning Courses Improve Learner Engagement?

E-Learning courses are taken online by learners, where they do not experience any direct interaction with an instructor. In the absence of a group learning environment, it is hard for the learner to stay focused and resist boredom. Hence, adding some fun elements or humor, to eLearning courses helps in retaining the attention of the learners.

How do you make eLearning fun?

In order to make the eLearning session more appealing, learning design professionals tend to use:

  • Certain fun elements such as avatars, cartoons, pictures and photographs in elearning, or
  • Humor when using case studies, scenarios or animations.

What you should keep in mind while using fun elements in eLearning?

Just right: The fun elements you use, must not distract the learner away from the topic, or be a hindrance to the learning process. You don’t want to have an Avatar jump up and interrupt you unnecessarily, while you are trying to concentrate on understanding a process or concept. Fun or humor in eLearning can be compared to sugar in your coffee. No sugar or extra sugar will spoil the taste of the coffee.

Ethical: Humor in eLearning should be ethical. It should not mislead the learner. For instance, when an eLearning course is developed for a product, humor must be related to the topic. It must not have any direct impact on a competitor’s product, which may misrepresent facts and intentionally mislead the learner.

Sensitive: Humor or fun elements, in the form of images or avatars, should be chosen with discretions that it does not target or be specific to:

  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Race
  • Culture

One has to keep in mind that all your audience may not perceive the humor in the same manner.

To conclude, educating the learner through entertainment is essentially intended to make an eLearning course interesting. It is considered an effective element, which improves learner engagement. Also, it encourages less motivated learners to participate in the online learning sessions proactively.