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3 Instructional Strategies to Engage Unwilling Learners

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3 Instructional Strategies to Engage Unwilling Learners

Are you a training manager who constantly struggles to change the mind-set of your employees when it comes to your e-learning courses? Do you find that the assigned training programs yield a little or no result because they are seen as a break or a free hour by your employees?

How do you shift such extrinsic attitudes to seek a more intrinsic form of learning?

As hard as these questions may sound, it is actually quite simple to convert your distracted learner into an attracted one. Your employees will be motivated only when they find value in your online course. There are several ways in which your course content can be taught more enthusiastically with various instructional methodologies that involve active learner participation. The following three strategies will turn your employees from unwilling to willing learners.

Inform Your Learner 

This can be done even before your employees take the course; small tidbits such as emails and posters publicizing your course can go a long way in generating learner interest. Another way to empower your learner is to let them know how the course will benefit them. Reasons such as developing a new skill that could lead to a promotion are powerful weapons to make your learner interested in taking the course. You can also “redirect” your learner in several ways. For instance, you can provide “how-to” PDFs and redirect your learner to the actual e-learning course where they can watch the entire process. Here is an example of how a course on performance management was publicized using desktop backgrounds.

Inform Your Learner

Offer Real-World Experiences 

Real life experiences that your employees relate to add a level of familiarity that instantly makes your learners feel right at home. Providing applications such as case studies, product simulations, and scenarios are a few such instances of creating real-world experiences in your e-learning course. Take a look at a few scenarios, avatars, and case studies we have used in some of our courses.

Assessment Based Scenario

Assessment Based Scenario

Situational Scenario

Situational Scenario 

Avatar Guided Simulation

Avatar/Guided Simulation

Make Them Play 

You must have heard the saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” This applies to your e-learning courses too. Making use of gamification in your course adds a lot of value to your learning. But, keep in mind that you don’t just add a game for the sake of gamification. For example, if you use a game of archery in the assessment of your course, while the course is about performance management, your learner will not relate to the game, and your course loses its authenticity. On the other hand, if your course is on food safety and you have a game of search and find (search and find food hazards), you will have a higher learner recall as the game adds more significance to your course content. Take a look at our game-based course on food safety.

Make them Play

Try these three instructional techniques to convert an unwilling learner into an engaged learner and your online training programs will churn out the desired results. Hope you find this post useful. Do share your views.

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