Book Title: Building Compelling Interactions: What You Need to Know
What is the key message in this eBook?
Keeping learners engaged in your e-Learning courses is challenging. Interactions help capture their attention and keep them from becoming passive learners.
Why should you read this eBook?
As an e-Learning designer, you spend a lot of time designing content! When it’s placed in front of learners, it will have to compete with a variety of distractions! To ensure you keep learners engaged, you need interactions. In this eBook, you learn where and how to use them to move from passive to active learning!
My key takeaways from the eBook
- Use Discovery type interactions to encourage learners to explore. Examples include: tabbed interactions, objects that reveal information when clicked, and interactive diagrams
- Questions engage learners and connect them to the content. For example, questions like, “What do you think, learner?” or “How would you solve this?” pull the learner into the topic and make them personally involved. When a learner answers a question, it can determine where they go next in your course. Knowledge Checks at key points or Drag and Drop interactions work well here. Be careful to not overdo the interactions. Too many unnecessary clicks and drags can lead to frustration!
- Problem-solving interactions draw in reluctant learners. These work great for mandatory content and material that is dry. Ask learners to solve real world problems.
Decision Point Interactions
- Decision Points let your learners apply what they have learned. The more nuanced and loaded the situation, the more learners will need to think. In the real world, decisions are not always obvious. Sometimes, there are just different consequences based on the decision made. Requiring users to think through the potential outcomes of each choice increases engagement. Design an experience that adapts to the learner’s choices. Let learners explore the consequences of their actions. Provide feedback that deepens their understanding or let their decisions drive a new twist.
If you are new to the e-Learning design field, read this eBook. It provides several helpful examples on where and how to use each interaction. If you have been in the field for a while, it’s a great refresher too! You can download and read the entire eBook here for free!
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