Ways to make your eLearning more interactive
When designing and developing eLearning it is important that you make your courses as interactive and engaging as possible. When creating a course you may use text and images to teach the learners about a subject, however this is not always engaging and can learn your learners disinterested in what you are trying to teach them.
Below are some ways you can add interactivity to your eLearning.
1. Drag and drop activities
Drag and drop activities are a great way to add interactivity to your eLearning. A drag and drop activity is a type of knowledge check question in which the learner has to drag items to a specific area of the screen. Typically, for this type of activity you have on screen elements (e.g. text or images) that the has to drag to a specific part of the screen (drop zone), if the learner drags the correct elements into the drop zone they get the question correct. This type of question is great if you need to test the learner’s knowledge on anything that is put into categories. You could also use this type of activity for sentences where the learner has to fill in the blanks of a sentence by dragging words.
Animations are another thing you can add to your eLearning course to make it less static and more engaging. In authoring tools such as Storyline, animations can be applied to on screen objects such as text or images. Typically, when adding animations you can choose from a variety of types such as Fade In, Wipe or Fly In. The benefit of this is that it helps to break up static pages, if you have a lot of text on screen it can become tiring for the learner to read. However, by applying animations you can help to break text up by having it animate in at specific points in time, for example in Storyline you can have a block of text animate in as an entire block or animate in line by line, if you are using audio in your course you can sync it up so it appears at the same time as the audio.
Using videos is another way you can make your eLearning courses more engaging and interactive. In some cases you may have to use text and images to explain something you are trying to teach, however in other cases you may be able to use a video. The benefit of using a video is that it can be easier to teach complex concepts when compared to use text and images, in addition to this the audio and visual elements of the video help to maintain the learners attention. However, it is important to note that videos can take a considerable amount of time to record and edit, depending on the length and complexity of the video, so it is important that you have the time and budget to produce the video if you decide to use it in your courses.
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