Bored of creating click and read eLearning? Here are some super easy ways you can add interactivity and ideas for using them.
Allowing your learner to ‘explore’ your course, rather than being ruled by the next button, is a really quick and simple way to add interactivity. Using this method puts your learner in control of the order they view material in, so they can choose the topics that take their interest.
There are endless ways to implement exploration, one of my favourite examples is a sample children’s course we created, you can see it here.
Learners click on the animal in the farmyard image to get more information about that animal. It’s a far more immersive experience than if they were to click the next button to get to the next description and adds a fun element to the learning. Some other ways to use this method could be:
- Click on a timeline to get information about a period in time
- Click on hotspots on a map to reveal information about that area
- Click on a photo of a person to hear them introduce themselves
Setting your learner regular challenges throughout your course is a great way to reinforce key learning points.
The secret here is to use them regularly enough to break up the learning, but not so often that they become an interruption. It’s a fine balance to strike, but when you get it right, activities will add an extra dimension to your eLearning.
Most eLearning authoring tools offer a range of activities which can be customised and added really quickly, have a go at adding some of these to your next course:
- Multiple choice questions
- Drag and drop exercises
- Connect the objects or words
- Select the correct image
This has to be my favourite interaction type as it challenges your learner in a situation which they could potentially face in real life.
A scenario, also known as a branching interaction, gives your learner a situation that they have to work through by selecting the path they wish to take, then dealing with the consequences of their decision.
This could be simple, with a correct path through the scenario and dead ends where your learner makes an incorrect decision…
Or complex, with multiple potential paths and outcomes…
Either way, this type of interaction really gets your learner to think about how the information they have learnt could be applied to a real life situation. If done well, this will lead to a higher level of engagement and knowledge retention.
Scenarios can take many formats, some of my favourites are:
- Conversation between an employee and customer
- Response to an emergency situation
- Job interview
Interactions can come in many shapes and forms, try a few out in your next project to find out what works for your learners. If you’d like to have a chat about interactions you’ve used or would like to use, get in touch!