10 Widely Used Presentation Patterns in E-learning

10 Widely Used Presentation Patterns in E-learning

10 Widely Used Presentation Patterns in E-learning

Effective presentation of content plays a vital role in keeping learners engaged throughout an online course. If the content is not presented in a simple and creative manner, learners will not be able to grasp the information quickly.

Here, I would like to share 10 creative ways of presenting the content effectively. Let’s look at them.

1. Images

Images are used to present layered information which need not be accessed in a sequential manner. These are used to explain related points and when images are important to differentiate the points.


2. Hotspots

Hotspots should be used when information is limited to one or two lines and in the absence of audio. They are used to name and explain the elements of a complete picture and when information need not be accessed in a sequential manner.


3. Tabs

These are one of the most commonly used patterns in eLearning to explain the elements related to the same category. Tabs can be used very effectively where information is layered into sub-topics with descriptive titles and need not be accessed in a sequence.


4. Timeline

Timelines are used to depict information on a time-scale, which usually consists of hours, days, weeks, months and years. And, these are used to show evolution/history. It is better not to restrict learners to click in an order (allow random navigation).


5. Numbers

Numbers are mostly used to explain a process or procedure step by step and a specific number of elements in a concept. It is advisable to provide a descriptive title to each number. Don’t restrict the learners to click the numbers in an order.


6. Slideshow

These are used to explain a process or concept in a sequence. A series of images can also be included to make a slideshow visually rich. It can be used when images need to be emphasized with minimal text.


7. FAQs

FAQs are used to answer commonly asked questions and as interactivities in the summary section of an online training session. The main purpose of using these is to reduce the dependency on the instructor/trainer.


8. Flip Cards

The purpose of a flip card is to provide bite-sized information and give a quick reference of a course.


9. Flip Book

As its name suggests, a flip book is used to display a series of information, in a book format, in a sequential order.


10. Videos

Videos are used to demonstrate real-time procedures and they motivate learners very effectively. It is necessary to have consistent band-width for easy and smooth access to videos.

Rapid authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate are used to develop effective videos.


Developing an appealing online course takes lot of hard work and requires efficient content comprehension and presentation. These are some good ways to present the content and make your eLearning course effective, engaging and interactive. Please share your thoughts!

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