The ultimate goal of any instructional designer should be to develop an interesting and engaging eLearning course. As instructional designers, we always think of new ideas and ways to present information in a way that can help learners to learn quickly and retain it for longer durations.
Using interactivities in your course is one such way to develop an effective eLearning course. Interactivities help learners to grasp the important information and also keep learners engaged throughout the course. Let’s look at few interactivities that we have used in our eLearning courses to help learners understand the concepts easily.
1. Slideshow for representing sequential information:
One of the best ways to represent sequential information is by presenting the information in a slideshow and embedding it into the course.
Sometimes, we have heavy content in the course for which the flow of information should not be changed but kept intact. By representing this kind of content in slideshows, the flow of the content does not change and it also keeps a learner engaged throughout the duration of the course.
One of our clients from the health care industry wanted a course on Formularies – this had a lot of technical content-and we were asked not to reduce the content in any way. So we decided to convert the content into a slideshow format. We broke the content into smaller parts and presented it slide by slide. With this interactivity, the learners will not lose interest even when reading such heavy content.
2. Click on numbers for non-sequential information:
Clicking on numbers is another effective way to represent non-sequential information. From two to twenty we can add as many numbers we want. We have included this kind of interactivity in the same course to explain different concepts, where the learner can click any number and can go through the topic easily.
3. Click on images for visual representation:
Representing content using appropriate images helps the learner understand the concept easily. So using the images as interactivity not only helps learners remember the concept but also keeps him involved in the course.
We usually use this interactivity to present fact-based information using appropriate images. This interactivity not only enhances the look and feel of the course but also keeps learners engaged.
4. Click on tabs for effective representation of content:
For concepts that can be explained one by one or broken down into two or three parts, click on tabs that would suit the best. We can add images as well as text in each tab to enhance learning. Learners will be more interested to read the small pieces of information presented under an appealing heading.
This is another interactivity that we can use in our elearning courses. We tried chunking the huge content into appropriate parts and gave them headings. Click on tabs is used for this purpose.
Using interactivities in your course not only makes it user friendly but also enhances the quality of course. They can actually help you break heavy content into simple pieces of information. So the use of interactivities in your course plays an important role in making learners actively participate while taking the course.
Presenting text and image is very boring; interactivities can add spice to your e-learning course. What do you think? Please do share if you would like to add to the list.