E-learning is used extensively to train adult learners, who have a lot of work experience. They have prior knowledge of the subject matter, are self-directed and need to know why they are learning. They would like to find out how the digital course would be useful to solve their problems. To make learners understand better and apply the knowledge they gain,the learning process should not be one-sided where information is passed on passively to the learner. The online course should facilitate active exchange of information.
So, what are the ways in which you can make the learning process more active?
How can you keep the learner engaged throughout the course?
Develop a course, using all the activities which help your people retain the knowledge effectively and reinforce the learning. Here is a list of learning activities that can be used in an eLearning course.
- Casestudy and activities
These learning activities go a long way in improving the problem-solving abilities of your learners.
Let’s now look at each learning activity, in detail.
Gain the learner’s attention with an icebreaker at the beginning
Icebreakershelp your staff get into the right mood to learn. You can pose a question to your learners or use a series of questions.You can use questions which test the learners’ knowledge of the topics in the course, as icebreakers. You can also ask questions to make them recall the topics covered in previous modules.
Articulate Storyline provides a number of in-built features. Using them, icebreakers can be presented in an interactive way.
Relate learning with relevant scenarios
Develop courses which are learner-centric, by adding scenarios which keep your people focused. Scenarios are very useful in helping your learners apply the learning to their work.
Incorporating scenarios, using default templates in Articulate Storyline, is simple. There are a number of templates with characters in different poses that can be used in the courses.
Make learning effective using case-studies and activities
Adult learners have prior knowledge and experience. A case-study reflects a real-life situation, where the learner has to solve the given problem. Present the learner with a case-study and You need to assess the learner, at the end of the case-study.assessments, The assessments can include what the learner needs to do if he faces a similar situation.
Articulate Storyline is highly flexible and provides a wide range of opportunities to design and develop case-studies and activities based on the case-studies. Use interactivities such as comic strips or slideshows to present the case study. For the related activities, use either dropdowns or matching drag and drops to test the learner. These enable the learner to apply knowledge and take sound decisions.
These are just a few things that make eLearning more active and engaging with Articulate Storyline. If you have any other ideas, please share.