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Increasing Learner Retention

Keeping your elearning audience stuck to their screens can be a challenge. Be that as it may, once you have them engaged in the course, making the learning stick is all the more difficult. Any number of things can obstruct their capacity to retain and acclimatize the content, which is all the more reason you should make elearning encounters that matter and leave an enduring impression. Studies show that people retain information at a much higher rate when they can see and hear it. In fact, Forrester Research reports that when it comes to training retention, one minute of video is equal to about 1.8 million written words. Here are some tips to boost online learner retention:

  1. Visual Illustrations to Explain Complex Concepts – people don’t handle being confused very well, that’s just a fact of life, and keep this in mind when adding complex themes to your elearning. Visual presentations make elearning content more edible by demonstrating complex ideas using tools such as infographics or whiteboard animations.

  2. Gamification – just like anything in life, if you’ve had a bad experience with something you won’t want to go through it again. Long, boring elearning courses will do the trick if you want to turn people off of the idea. Instead of long and tedious activities, create activities that will give your learners a chance to immerse themselves into gamified activities. This will give them the opportunity to interact in real-life scenarios, earn rewards and truly get involved in their learning.

  3. Learning Paths – learners acknowledge then when a course requests their input. Providing options for role-specific learning paths will give them an immediate say in their own learning path. Focus on their needs and objectives, keeping in mind the end goal is to make content that will reach desired business outcomes. When this happens, learners can focus on their own abilities and information gaps.

  4. Access – people forget new information quickly, so make sure they can return to it and go to specific areas of the module to refresh. The easier it is for them to access the module, the more likely they are to return to it.

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