Interactivity in eLearning

Adding interactivity to your eLearning is vital to creating a successful and engaging course for your learners. Interactivity can come in many forms and varies depending on the type of course you are creating. Without adding interactivity your course can easily become stale and can result in learners reading large amounts of text, watching lengthy videos or listening to long segments of audio. But what exactly does it mean to add interactivity?


As mentioned previously interactivity can come in many forms and will vary depending on the type of course you are creating, below are some examples of interactivity that you can implement when designing your next eLearning course:


1. Branching Scenarios


Branching can be one great way to add interactivity to your course, the overall concept of a branching scenario is that learners are presented with a scenario and given several different options, the learner then chooses one of these options, based on what they choose they are then taken down a branch to new screen and presented with a different set of options. This type of interactivity works as an adventure style story where learners will be able to see the impact and outcomes of their choices, this is often used in combination with avatars and a specific narrative that mimics situations they will encounter in the real world.


2. Quizzes


Quizzes and knowledge checks are another effective way to add interactivity to your course. Typically a quiz would be placed at the end of a chapter or section of your course and would test the learners knowledge on what they have just learnt, the advantages of this is that it helps to reinforce what the learners have learnt and increases learner engagement. There are a number of different quizzes you could implement such as multiple choice, drag-and-drop or matching pair questions, each has advantages and disadvantages depending on the type of content you are teaching.


3. Gamification


Adding gamification elements to your eLearning is one way to quickly increase interactivity for learners in your eLearning course. Gamification involves taking elements of games and integrating it into your eLearning to make your course more engaging. Examples of adding gamification elements include adding avatars, levels, badges or scoring, the benefit of this is take it can take large chunks of content and break it up in a way that is visual and interactive for learners, for example instead of a standard multiple choice test you might have points and levels associated to answering questions, learners receive rewards and badges for getting questions correct.


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