Using Interactive Elements in an E-learning Course

By Manisha Tandale

Learner engagement is critical to the success of any e-learning course. A high quality e-learning course that immerses learners into the learning process, provides them with a good learning experience, and facilitates learner participation is crucial for achieving learner engagement. An e-learning course with just text and graphics can be a boring experience for the learners. On the other hand, presenting the required content with appropriate interactivities in a visually appealing and elegant graphical layout can do wonders for the course.

 

In traditional e-learning courses, interactivities such as click and learn or rollover are used for learner engagement. However, with advances in technology, interactivities such as touch, swipe, pinch, zoom, etc. have also been adapted. In this part of the article, we will focus on the click and learn and rollover interactivities. Let’s take a look at a few examples.

 

Click and Learn Interactivity:

 
The layout presented below is used for tab style interactivity. On clicking each tab or label, its relevant content with an appropriate graphic is displayed. We can use tab interactivity to present content such as classification, process, relationship, list, etc. in an attractive layout that promotes learner involvement. Tab interactivity can accommodate a large amount of text.

 

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This layout is for accordion style interactivity. On clicking each label, relevant information is displayed. This interactivity can be presented using a horizontal or vertical layout.

 

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The layout given below is for flip card style interactivity. The title or main information is presented on the card. On click, the card flips to display its description and a representative image.

 

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The layout presented below is for scenario-based interactivity. We can have a sequence of events with click and learn interactivity to present the entire scenario. Scenarios can be presented with challenges and options where the learners have to choose the most appropriate option. Also, click interactivity can be used to view character roles, display their conversations, and build the entire scenarios. These few styles can be very effective in ensuring learner engagement, directing their attention, responding to what they have learnt, or helping them to apply their experience.

 

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This is a layout for assessment interactivity to assess the learner’s knowledge. It is another important section having interactive elements in an e-learning course. The course can have click interactivity for multiple and single choice questions, selecting option(s) from a drop down box, matching the information from two columns, drag and drop options to their corresponding matches, scenario with challenging options, etc. Such elements encourage learners to engage in interactive assessments.

 

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Rollover Interactivity:

 
This is a layout to introduce the modules in a course. The module title is displayed on hovering/rolling the mouse over the module number.

 

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This layout displays dialogues in a scenario. The dialogues are displayed on hovering the mouse over a character.

 

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In the layout given below, we can present content on rollover. On hovering the mouse over each string, information related to that string is displayed. Similarly, we can show a list of items with their images or icons to view the features of a concept. On hovering the mouse over the image or icon, its respective content will be displayed.

 

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Rollover interactivity can also be used to display a note or learn more about a topic.
Rollover interactivity can also be converted into a click and learn interactivity. It all depends on how you want to design the interactive element in a course.
 

Conclusion:

 

Selecting or designing a stylish yet appropriate layout while developing an interactive e-learning course will ensure an active, immersive, and engaging experience for your learners. This will help learners in retaining knowledge, increasing motivation, boosting engagement, encouraging self-reflection, handling challenging situations, and making decisions. All this will contribute to an enhanced learning outcome.
 

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