The best way to convert dull and boring online learning content into an engaging and interesting material for the learners’ is by making use of interactivities. Interactivity does not mean just clicking on buttons; rather this helps the learners’ to actively participate in the course and also enables them to learn at a faster pace.
In this blog, I would like to share what type of interactivities can be used based on the type of the content we need to present.
1. When content is too heavy
Use the slideshow type of interactivity
Let’s look at an example from one of our courses, where the requirement was not to chunk or reduce the content on the slide but to represent the heavy content on a single slide. So, the best way to represent such content in an engaging way is to use a slideshow type of interactivity. The content was broken into smaller parts and presented as a slideshow on a single side.
2. When the content is related to explaining the parts of a product
Use hotspots or rollovers
Let’s look at another example where the content was about explaining the parts of a product. Here on a single slide we need to explain all the parts of the product. For this, we used Hotspots and Rollovers type of interactvity. The learner had to click or roll the mouse over the spot present on the screen to see the information.
3. When assessments need to be engaging
Use drag and drop
To represent the multiple select types of questions in an engaging way we can use the drag-and-drop type of interactivity. Here the learner has to drag the options and drop in the space provided. To learn more about drag-and-drop interactivities click here.
Screenshot of drag and drop is shown below.
4. When we need to explain the process in an interesting manner
Use interactive animation
To represent the content that explains a process, interactive animation can be a right choice. Use of animation brings your content to life in a powerful way. It gains the learners’ attention and gets your point across very effectively. It is always preferred to use animation when you want to explain a complicated process.
For example, in one of our courses the content was about the human respiration system. To explain the process in an interesting manner, we used interactive animation. This method helps to gain the learners’ attention and helps them to retain information when compared to viewing content as paragraphs or bullet points.
Look at an example of animation showing the human respiration system.
In this way, we can use various interactvities to make the course more engaging and interesting for the learners. Based on the content, one can decide the interactivity that suits it.