As we all know, eLearning is self-paced learning. As a learner, if we find something more attractive and more interesting, we will take the initiative to learn and remember it for a long period.
A big question is, “As an instructional designer, how we can make an eLearning course more interesting and engaging?”
In this blog, I would like to share 6 simple tips to keep the learner engaged throughout the course. These tips will help you develop effective eLearning courses and ensure that the learner is engaged in the course.
Content should be relevant
How would you feel if a lecture on mathematics is delivered in a geography class? It’s obviously very confusing. Your learners will face similar experiences if the content in your course is irrelevant. If the information is not shared properly in the course, then the learner will get confused and may not pay attention. Many online courses are boring and dull because of irrelevant content. It must have direct relevance to the learner, so that he can apply the knowledge immediately. The most important aspect of designing an eLearning course is to make the learner involved effectively.
Images should be meaningful
The use of images adds life to the course. Images are the most important part of an eLearning course. I think everybody must have experienced the effect of images in early school ages. It is very easy to remember facts, principles and much more by just a single image in the textbook. The same principle works for eLearning courses in the form of graphic presentation, images, and animations. However, we can’t just keep an image for the sake of its presence. The images need to be selected in a way that it represents the content.
Interactivities should be interesting and engaging
The best way of converting dry and boring content into an engaging and interesting online course is by making use of interactivities. You must have heard about Kinesthetic Learning, where the learner learns by doing. The principle of kinesthetic learning is applied in the case of interactivities. They help learners grasp the important information and remain engaged.
Here is the screen shot of one of the interactivities that can be used in eLearning courses:
Usage of games in assessments
Do you think learning through games is attractive? Yes, Exactly! Games make difficult content easy. Games in eLearning help the learner to reinforce the knowledge through the course without any distractions and make them engaged. This is the magic of games in the process of learning. A game inspires learners to stay focused on the content in eLearning courses without any distractions.
Here is the screen shot of one of the assessments that can be used in eLearning courses.
Content should be chunked
Content chunking is a method of presenting information by splitting it into small pieces or “chunks”. Content chunking is of two types.
Course-level chunking: Course level chunking results in a course outline. And the content is chunked at the course level on the basis of learning objectives.
Screen-level chunking: Screen level chunking is done to make the on-screen content easy for learning. This is done by breaking the paragraphs into small chunks, which are easy to learn and recall.
Here is a screen shot of chunked content.
Real-life scenarios and cases
According to an article by Ruth Clark, scenarios help accelerate learning. Real life scenarios are an integral part of problem-based strategies. In this real life scenario, the adult learners are more receptive when they can apply what they have learned in the scenarios.
Case studies reflect real- life situations where problems need to be solved. Case studies and scenarios are methods of problem based–learning.
As eLearning is self–paced learning, most learners get distracted. Hence to keep them engaged throughout the course without any distractions, you need to follow these tips. These tips help us to engage learners efficiently, and also to develop an effective courses.