On your next e-learning project, consider how you might use interactivity and creative exercises to ramp up the engagement factor. Why? The more that your professionals engage with the content – and have the opportunity to practice their skills – the more likely they are to retain the information and to apply it in practice. And isn’t that the ultimate goal?
Keep in mind, too, that interactivity can be more (a lot more) than simple multiple-choice exercises.
Let’s say you’re creating an e-learning program on how to write meaningful time entry narratives that convey a value-add. Don’t design the program as just a one-way presentation of your policy. Instead, include a variety of illustrative scenarios that describe a series of activities, and direct your learner to draft a time-entry narrative that complies with the firm’s policy and conveys the value of the services provided. Better yet, once they draft their narrative and click “submit,” provide instant feedback that shows them how they fared, compared to a model time entry.
What if you're creating an e-learning program on active listening? Include an interactive self-assessment before the program starts – to encourage a bit of self-reflection and open the learner up to why they might actually need some of the tips that will be provided in the program.
Creating a program on effective interviewing practices? Invite learners to practice their skills by choosing their interview questions – or perhaps their responses to questions raised by the applicants. You could even design the program so it will traverse different paths depending on the inputs of the learner.
The options for interactivity are almost endless. Consider the skill-sets, behaviors, and practices you want to encourage, and design your interactivities and practice exercises with those in mind.
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