As instructional designers, we always aim to design courses that reach the target audience effectively. We would never want to hear our learners say that the course was boring. We put all our efforts to make the course interesting and engaging.
But, it is essential that these efforts are put in a right way. Engaging the learner doesn’t mean just including interactivities. It is much more than having a few clicks of interactivities.
In this blog, I would like to share three tips to create engaging
1. Relevancy Is the Key
When teaching adult learners, it is essential to keep in mind that they would be engaged and motivated only when they feel that the course is relevant to them. So, at the beginning of the course itself, we need to set clear and effective learning objectives that drive their attention towards the course. Setting effective objectives is not enough, and we need to make sure that the learners reach those objectives by the end of the course. This will keep them engaged throughout the course.
2. Effective Audio and Visual Strategies
Audio is the core component of an e-learning course. To improve the learner’s engagement, it is essential to use audio in a conversational tone. Too much or too little of audio may frustrate the learner. So, striking a fine balance between on-screen text and audio is vital.
As a part of the visual strategy, we need to ensure that all visuals are consistent throughout the course. Right from the colors used to the placement of images, we must ensure consistency in the course. This is one of the effective techniques to keep the learners engaged in the course.
3. Think beyond Clicks
Having a few interactivities in the course doesn’t make it engaging. It is important to involve the learners in the course. Create scenarios or case studies that are relevant to the content and allow the learner to think and make decisions. This is a good strategy to improve the learner’s thinking skills and keep him engaged.
These three tips help you create engaging courses. I hope you find this blog informative. Do share your views on it.