Interactivity is the process of two entities working together and influencing each other, and the interactivity of your eLearning program, or how sophisticated the opportunities for users to interact with it, is incredibly important. Boosted interactivity leads to boosted engagement, and engagement leads to an enhanced learning experience.
Of course, the quality of the content, the success of the design and ease of navigability are all important too. But, really, the most essential aspect of your eLearning program, is how well it engages learners to interact with it.
Here are 5 ways to boost the interactivity of your eLearning program:
- Keep it fluff-free.
Your learners are busy, their time is valuable and they want to get results out of the learning experience. Be sure to keep your content itself concise and relevant. If a learner begins to feel that the lessons don’t apply to them, they’ll disengage. It won’t matter how sophisticated your level of interactivity is if the content itself doesn’t matter to the learner, if it’s not on topic, or they don’t see how it relates to them, no level of interactivity will engage them. Stay on topic and only offer pertinent information.
- Allow learners the ability to poke around.
The ability to explore the entire program is essential to being fully interactive. Include hyperlinks to information that may interest them, give them the availability to go at their own pace, let them click around, create stories to encourage them along, and emphasize exploring of the entire program. When they understand the full breadth of the content available to them, it will keep them coming back or looking forward to what they can learn next.
- Integrate real life.
One of the most powerful learning tools is reality-based learning. If you integrate real life examples into your eLearning course, it will show users how the content can be applied to real life, as it pertains to their daily work. These real life scenarios can be made interactive in a variety of ways, including video, images, games, etc.
- Assess the effectiveness.
Learners should be given the opportunity to assess their own progress, summarize content and review what they’ve just learned. Interactive quizzes, including video, audio or images, where they can test out their newly acquired skills are a great way to do that, as these formats boost retention.
- Make it aesthetically pleasing.
Sometimes it’s not only the content, but how the content appeals to the eye when delivered, that counts. We all know certain fonts are hard to read, it’s because they are hard to decipher and displeasing to the eye. If your eLearning course is not designed well, you’re wasting resources on content that won’t be fully retained. Make sure the program is attention grabbing and unique, but not so much so that it’s difficult to look at, read, watch or listen to. People won’t interact well with something they hate looking at.
If you want to create an effective learning experience in your organization, its interactivity must be top of mind. The days of taking the traditional classroom format online are over. eLearning needs to be designed differently and in a way that optimizes how the program and the learner work together and influence each other.