Keeping learning interesting is a constant battle for instructional designers. For years, elearning has had the reputation of being dry and boring. It hasn’t been until recently that we’ve seen more emphasis put onto the elearning experience.
But how do you engage learners as they take an online course?
There are a variety of strategies, the best one depending on factors like the audience background, the course content, and the overall course objectives.
No matter what solution you choose, the important thing is that you design your courses with learning engagement in mind as it will ultimately help in learning comprehension.
If your course is boring and only utilizes one-way communication (think PowerPoint presentations), then you are doing both the content and the learner a disservice.
To add some engagement to your online courses, try some of the following techniques:
1. Capture Attention – Using statistics, data, and charts is a great way to grab the learner’s attention from the onset and to increase interest.
2. Make Them Think – Present open-ended questions so the learner has to think about the content in an autonomous way. It doesn’t have to be an official submission, but you could add this as a requirement in your course.
3. Stick With What’s Important – Remove any ‘fluff’ from your course and deliver just the must-know information. Present this critical information in unique ways such as clickable text or pop-outs.
4. Check Their Knowledge – Don’t just rely upon a final exam during the course. Implement periodic knowledge checks after each key section. Use gamification methods for encouragement.
5. Use Responsive Learning – Your course should work on any device so that learners can interact with the content on-the-go.
6. Use Case Studies – Stories and case studies go a long way in helping people to conceptualize the information.
7. Leverage Blended Learning – For maximum learner interaction, use a blended approach to solidify the critical concepts.