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Adding Interactivity to eLearning

Without interactivity and the ability to engage your learners your eLearning and digital training won’t be able to effective teach your learners the key concepts it needs to. Using text and images might be a quick and easy way to convey information on screen but it doesn’t mean your learners will understand or retain the information that is being shown to them. Adding interactivity to your eLearning is crucial to keeping your learners focus, engaged and enthusiastic about learning the content you are presenting to them.

Below are some of the ways you can add interactivity to your eLearning and digital training.

1. Conversations

One way to convey information is through a conversation or interaction between two characters. This can often be found in training relating to customer service or induction training. By having two characters act out a typical situation or discuss a topic is a great way to recreate typical conversations or situations a learner might face. In comparison by trying to explain this same conversation using text will most likely not have the same impact, due to its length and lack of visual it can be very dry and not engaging for the learner.

2. Interactive Video

Interactive video is a great way to engage your learners and deliver learning content in a visual format. Unlike traditional videos where the learner watches a video in its entirety, an interactive video will have pauses at certain points throughout the video. During these pauses the learner might have to pick from a list of options or answer a question, the outcome of this decision will determine what video plays next. The benefit of this is it prevents learners from loosing focus during the video, especially if it is a long video, by adding interactive videos it means that the learner has to stop and think before continuing to watch.

3. Interactive Images

For training that describes a system or piece of software images are often used to visually display key parts of a system that requires the learners attention. Interactive images go one step further, instead of just having an image on screen the learner has the ability to click on certain parts of the image, once clicked further text, audio or video is displayed providing a deeper drive into that area. The benefit of this that it is a more engaging way for learners to understand and associate information to certain parts of the system without having to read a large amount of text.

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