6 Techniques To Make E-Learning Content Interactive & Engaging

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Engaging the learners is the key to success for any learning program but it becomes even bigger challenge when the teaching and learning takes place in a virtual environment i.e. in e-learning courses. This is to say that creating engaging content for e-learning courses is a necessity and one has to pay extra attention to make the learning material not only interesting but also interactive.

Special care needs to be taken while drafting the content as the learning module or course must appeal to the learner and induce them to follow the course and not just click the ‘Next’ button and complete the course in the least possible time.

Here are some tips regarding the strategies or the techniques that you can make use of while drafting a course:

1. Focus on visual appeal:

It is a known fact that things with a visual appeal remain etched in our memory for a longer duration. So, attention should be provided on incorporating relevant visual elements in the content. Text content should be minimized and supported by use of info-graphics and relevant images. They can set the tone and theme of the topic. Colors can also help to emphasize and highlight the subject matter. The textual content, if necessary, can be given an interesting flavor by using fonts that enhances the visual appeal without taking away the core of the content.

2. Use multimedia elements like animation, voice overs and videos:

Animation offers to be a fantastic tool to make the e-learning content interesting. However, the flip side is that if not used appropriately it can come across as a distraction. So, while using animation, focus on storytelling and bring in animated characters to explain a concept or topic. This creates an effective connect between the course and the learner, thereby, helping them to understand the subject easily. Use of voice-overs and videos of SMEs / Key Stakeholders lead to improve the engagement level of the course.

3. Include testing to check the knowledge of the learner:

Self-paced e-learning courses are mostly learner-driven and thus, it is very important that the learner is provided an opportunity to self-assess their own learning during the course. So, there should be interactive exercises and 1-2 question quizzes, after each major topic.

4. Use interactive elements:

Interaction is of utmost importance in e-learning because of lack of personal contact. So, eLearning courses need to have interactive elements that let the learners give responses to cues. Drag and drop, clickable text boxes, pop-ups and similar elements that come alive after one interacts with them play a significant role in engaging the learners. In the absence of the interactivity, elearning courses tend to become monologues and make the learning experience passive, thereby most likely failing in the purpose for which they are created.

5. Create real-life scenarios:

Real Life Scenarios / Case Studies always make the teaching – learning process effective & impactful as they help learners connect with the concepts and theories through examples. For ex, a topic like time management can be best explained by building a scenario in an office setup where everybody is hard-pressed for time. If scenarios / examples demonstrate what works and what do not work in time management, then learners can easily remember these key concepts instead if they are presented as mere theory.

6. Gamify the topic:

Just the way video games keep players hooked, gaming elements can keep the learners hooked to the course. By having gaming elements like click and shoot, drag and drop, pop-ups, clearing hurdles in a game-like situation, one can make the module highly interactive. Real-time interaction during e-learning modules works best in those courses where the purpose is to impart problem-solving skills to the learners.

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