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Top Tips for Engaging eLearning!

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We are a creative bunch here at eLearning For You, and we want to produce engaging courses that will you excited to do another, providing you with relevant training that you can use in your day-to-day role. But unfortunately, eLearning carries the stigma that it’s dull, boring, unimaginative and difficult to understand at times. We are working hard to change your view and we want you to enjoy our courses rather than dreading them when the time comes to complete your online training.

We completed a mini online survey in June, of approximately 25 people, to find out what they think contributes to a captivating eLearning course.

  • Bite-size learning

Almost everyone has been given an eLearning course that takes around 2 hours to complete. But, what does this achieve? Two hours to concentrate on anything can be difficult, even reading a book or watching television! Bite-size learning, also referred to as ‘microlearning‘, is now very popular in the world of eLearning. By completing short bursts of learning, you are more likely to engage with the entire course and you will be more likely to remember what you have learnt.

  • Gamification

A new concept to the world of eLearning is ‘gamification’ which means the application of game thinking and game playing to an activity. Do you like playing games online? Or on a console? Ongoing research continues to show the benefits of gamification and how it can motivate you to learn. By introducing a gaming element, like a badge, sticker or ‘level up’ achievement, you are more likely to engage with your learning because you will want to achieve the next level, or receive an award for your hard work.

“Gamification can make tedious and repetitive tasks such as online learning more engaging, fun and competitive. When delivered in the right way, gamification encourages learners and teams to be more productive and engaged” says Kevin Ashley, Operations Director for eLearning For You.

  • Captivating content

How many times have you been doing your eLearning and thought to yourself “this is going on forever!”? There are a few key points about the content of an eLearning course that you need to know:

Relevance. It is almost guaranteed that if you read something that isn’t specific to what you are learning, your brain will switch off. Instead, you should be reading information that not only directly relates to the course you are completing, but that is also relevant to your role.

Short and punchy. An eLearning course that drags on is going to be enough to disengage your brain. Why? You may get bored and switch off. Instead, by presenting information in a creative way and keeping content to a minimum, this will allow you to stay focused on your eLearning.

Avoid using technical language. eLearning that uses words that are difficult to understand may confuse you, potentially causing you to lose focus on your training. By using simple language, it is easier for you to follow the content of the course and gain a better understanding, which will benefit you in the long run. You’ll be a walking encyclopedia in no time!

  • Pace and flow of eLearning

Did you know, our brains find it almost impossible to multitask? The human brain is not designed to complete several tasks at once, and when we do, we may not hold the information properly. Therefore, it’s important that we don’t lay new information on top of new information otherwise your brain will be overloaded. By giving you the chance to take in what you are learning, and giving you the time to reflect, you are more likely to remain focused and ultimately you will have a greater understanding of what you have learnt.

Being the creative bunch that we are, we have a large variety of courses available with many of them endorsed by NCFE, a national awarding organisation for bespoke qualifications. If you would like more information, please visit our course menu here!


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