A New Age of Creative eLearning Design: Leverage the Right Brain Aptitudes

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A New Age of Creative eLearning Design: Leverage the Right Brain Aptitudes

As the holiday season arrives, our joyous minds start reveling – brimming with thankfulness for all that was accomplished and hope for all the gifts the future will endow. Thanksgiving is all about family, gratitude, gifts, and transformation and we, the CommLab India family too have decided to do our part this Thanksgiving. As one of the leading rapid eLearning solution providers, we always keep our eyes open and search for new and unique ideas to transform corporate eLearning programs to become more learner-centric, creative, and effective.

To this end, this thanksgiving, we are offering free eLearning templates – developed in Articulate Storyline 360 – that’ll help you develop engaging eLearning courses that hook learners emotionally. What are these templates based on?

Well, Daniel Pink’s book ‘The Whole New Mind’ is one of the most insightful books we came across in past few years. And we are bringing you a treasure trove of templates for eLearning design which will engage the ‘six senses that appeal to the right brain’ as espoused by Pink in his bestseller.

Open navigation, storytelling, diagnostic feedback, mind maps, and aesthetic design in eLearning are what provide a holistic learning experience and help learners look at the big picture – the relevance of training to their jobs. This emotional connect is key to ensuring adults invest time in training and get the best of it. To adapt to this new age, your employees need to be trained to be idea-generating creative innovators and not just order-taking automatons.

Read this interesting article on using mind maps in eLearning.

Here’s a brief look at the six aptitudes and how they can be addresses in eLearning.

6 Right Brain Aptitudes and eLearning 

Design for Personalization

The aesthetics of an eLearning course design is an important aspect – one we often neglect because in workplace training, functionality is always preferred over beauty. However, creating an aesthetically pleasing design sets the tone of the course and the mood for learning. It is not just about right colors and graphics, but how they come together effortlessly to create an effective learning experience.

Design in eLearning:

  • Addressing learners by name
  • Offering choice of avatar
  • Using a friendly tone for audio narration 

Storytelling for Emotional Connect

Stories are the medium to know and understand the world around us. They incite engagement, provide a way to see ourselves in a different perspective, step into another’s shoes, and relate to each other. Stories build an instant connect between the learner and the course through the plot, characters, setting, challenges, obstacles, and goals.

Stories in eLearning:

  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Anecdotes 

Symphony for Harmony

Symphony is all about putting together all the pieces of the puzzle and watching the big picture at play. Having a holistic idea of how the course addresses their problems will get learner buy-in and also address the adult learning principle of letting them know how they can put the gained knowledge/skills to use.

Symphony in eLearning:

  • eLearning assessments
  • Mind maps
  • Videos 

Empathy for a ‘Learner-First’ Focus 

Your learners are the protagonists of your eLearning programs and making their learning journey easy and effortless is the least you could do, and this can be accomplished without much effort. Infusing empathy in eLearning will allow you to design courses which are learner-centric and very easily accessible.

Empathy in eLearning:

  • Simple and open navigation
  • User-friendly GUI
  • Personalized learning
  • Regular feedback

Play for Garnering Interest

Learning is never more fun and engaging as it is in a game. Combining play with training breaks away the usual monotony and sterility that surrounds eLearning courses and makes the learning experience enjoyable and engaging. Play also incites competitiveness and gratification – which motivates learners through their learning journey.

Play in eLearning:

  • Game-based design
  • Gamification
  • Simulations

Meaning for Fulfillment 

Learning is nothing more than an effort to make sense of the world. For your training to be effective, it needs to make sense; be meaningful and relevant. Making meaning out of training is especially important in case of adult learners because they are driven more by utility than curiosity. To get fulfillment out of the training, employees need to be able to perform the skills on-job, post training.

Meaning in eLearning:

  • Performance-based learning objectives
  • Pre-assessments
  • Performance support

What Are You Waiting For?

Don’t you want to make your courses creative and add a dash of emotion? Want to quickly incorporate all these elements in your eLearning – without spending too long on development? Register now and we will send you the new age eLearning template kit on November 20. Plug and play, customize them with your content and develop engaging eLearning courses rapidly.

eLearning Design and the 'Right' Brain