According to a report by Docebo, the worldwide market for self-paced eLearning reached $35.6 billion in 2011. The five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is estimated to be around 7.6%. So, revenues in eLearning should reach $51.5 billion by 2016.
In a self-paced learning environment, learners have an opportunity to take online courses at the time and place of their choice, and keeping them engaged throughout the course is the most challenging task.
The following tips help you to make self-paced learning more engaging and interesting.
Make use of different kinds of interactivities:
Bosco (1986) reviewed 75 learning studies and found that learners learn faster and have better attitudes towards learning, when we use interactive multimedia. Interactivities are intended to facilitate and enhance learning for kinesthetic learners (people who learn by doing).
Let’s have a look at different kinds of interactivities in eLearning such as Click-to-learn, Slideshows, Rollovers, Flash-cards, Drag and Drop, Drop down, Hotspots and so on.
Make use of different kinds of Navigation styles:
Navigation styles play a major role in eLearning, as they guide and instruct the learners by providing a clear picture of the course. Hence, navigational styles should be user friendly and self-directing.
Let’s now see some exciting navigation styles in eLearning such as Horizontal Navigation, Vertical Navigation, Breadcrumb Navigation, Tabbed Navigation, Grid-style navigation and Previous-next Navigation.
Make use of Games:
According to Ambient research, game-based learning is expected to grow from $1.5 billion in 2012 to $2.3 billion in 2017. Games are great way to reinforce and motivate learners as they are interactive and interesting. Game-based learning provides instant and constant feedback based on their performance and goes a long way in encouraging them.
Using rapid authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate, we can develop highly effective games. Here are some games developed with Articulate Storyline.
Make use of Avatars:
Avatars are fictional characters, which guide and motivate the learners throughout the course. They “add life” to the topic and make it more meaningful and easier for the learner to understand. Avatars are used for guided learning as they hold the learner’s attention and make them engaged.
Using Articulate Storyline, you can easily incorporate avatars in eLearning courses. This tool provides more than 47,500 combinations of characters, expressions and poses for your courses.
Collaborative Learning Environment:
Collaborative learning improves the participatory learning culture in your company as it allows the learners to discuss, share and learn from their experiences and views. Learning Management Systems (LMS) can facilitate collaborative learning and monitor learner groups and evaluate their performance.
Learners, in a collaborative learning environment, can interact and resolve issues which they encounter, via blogs, wikis, discussion forums, chat, messages, social media, etc.
Self-paced learning can be more engaging and interesting with proper use of Interactivities, navigation styles, games and puzzles, avatars and collaborative learning with peers, as it is self-driven. What do you think?