What Makes an E-learning Course Interesting and Engaging?

What Makes an E-learning Course Interesting and Engaging?

E-learning by itself is self-paced and this cannot afford to be ineffective. The intent of making an eLearning course interesting and engaging is to prevent the learners’ from losing interest so that they can finish the course and achieve the learning objectives.

The big question here is “As Instructional Designers how can we make an eLearning Course Interesting and Engaging?”

We need to consider certain elements while designing that make eLearning truly interactive and which can increase the learners’ attention and makes the course interesting and engaging for them.

Let’s see some of the elements that make an eLearning course interesting and engaging for the learners.

Short Videos:


In eLearning courses, videos are used to reduce the load of reading for the learner and help them in retaining information. However, it is believed that long videos divert the learners, and make them tedious. So, we try to embed short videos that make learners stay focused throughout the learning process.

For example, we had a situation in which we had to embed video of 6 min 8 sec. For this we have compressed the video to 2 min 58 sec, which retained the essential components of the course without losing the quality.


Visuals and Designs:

The purpose of using visuals in eLearning is that they have a better and more lasting impression on the learners’ brain. Most frequently, however correct the content may be, it doesn’t impact and engage learners’ as much as images do. For heavy content, the use of visuals makes it eye catching and makes the course more engaging.

For example, let’s look at the two options:

Option 1: The natural resources include:

  • Water
  • Wind Energy
  • Solar Energy

Option 2: The natural resources include:


natural resources

Which one is easy to understand or which one do you find more eye catchy? I’m sure option 2 is more appealing to you because option 2 makes understanding very clear for the learners and make the information come alive.



Adding real-life effect to the course can indeed help learners to get attracted towards the course. So scenarios can be used to add realism to the courses by way of relating and narrating individual human experiences. It helps learners to imagine in a novel way and makes it easier for them to absorb content. It also encourages and motivates the learner to overcome difficulties while applying the knowledge, thereby avoiding mistakes in the real world.

Here is a screenshot of a scenario:


Interactive Assessments:

Most frequently during the assessments, the learner clicks the answer by just seeing the question and then submits. In eLearning, a simple click and go type of assessments will not help to maintain the learners’ engagement and the course will not be effective. So we decided to make assessments more interactive and this makes the course more interesting and engaging for the learners.

Here are a few screenshots of interactive assessments:

Interactive Assessments

Interactive Assessments

I hope these elements will help you make an interesting and engaging eLearning course for the learners. What are the other elements that you consider while making an eLearning course? Do share if you have any others options.

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