Even the most dedicated learner will have a tough time learning from a material that is tedious or monotonous. This is why when you design a course you need to keep learner engagement as a top priority. This will help improve the appeal of your course and increase the chance of successful completion.
Let us look at three ways in which you can improve engagement in your eLearning course.
- Gamify assessments
Adding game elements to tests can greatly enhance the learning experience while being an effective assessment tool. Games like crosswords are great for testing a learner’s knowledge of fundamental concepts.
Gamified eLearning can also be used to facilitate microlearning so that you can deliver lessons and tests outside of the main course. The flexibility offered by microlearning means that learners can take part in the course at the time of their choosing such as during travel.
- Add milestones and levels
A sense of accomplishment is a powerful motivator and it should be designed into an eLearning course from the start. Instead of designing a course as modules or chapters, design it as levels. Access to the next level is obtained by successfully completing the previous level with each successive level increasing in difficulty.
Implementing a leaderboard will allow learners to see all who have completed the various levels, and an LMS can help facilitate this. This will create an atmosphere of light competition which will further motivate learners.
- Allow flexibility with your learning path
When making e-learning courses for businesses, you will have a wide variety of learners with different backgrounds taking your course. Some of them may have no prior knowledge of the topic while others might have some knowledge to extensive knowledge in the topic.
When faced with such a wide audience, there is no universal solution to how you should design your course. In such a case, giving learners the freedom to pick how they learn is crucial. Implementing a fixed linear learning path for all learners is not a good idea. Instead, you can make it so that learners can skip to the lesson of their choice if they can pass the test to enter that level.
Learners will feel more in control and thus will feel more comfortable with the course.
You may think that these tips are obvious or too simple. However, when there is pressure from time and budget constraints, we often forgot the simple and obvious things and instead go for the easiest and cheapest methods to finish a project. More often than not, these obvious things are what determine the quality of a product in an age where there is a template or premade software/hardware for nearly every function and feature.
We need to remember that all these tools can only help us to create a basic working product- not necessarily a good one. It is up to us to use these tools in smart ways so that we can make something that is truly amazing.