Studies suggest that our brains love pleasant surprises. Adding some unpredictability to your courses can help draw learners in. One great way to do this is by adding a random word or phrase generator to your course. With this type of interaction, you set a predefined list of variables that display at random when learners complete an action.
If you’re curious about how you might use randomly generated words and phrases in your own projects, I have some examples (and downloads!) from the E-Learning Heroes community to inspire you:
- Trina Rimmer shows how to transform learner input into something fun and unexpected in this beautifully designed download.
- Tracy Carroll built a fun MadLibs-style game where learners choose their responses from a set of phrases.
- Matthew Bibby shares how to generate random words from a list with his helpful download and accompanying tutorial.
- Allison Goldthorpe demonstrates that content selected randomly from different categories can be combined to display fun ideas.
- Meaghan Lister mixes bold background images with randomly generated text to create a unique experience every time.
You can find more examples of random word generator examples in this E-Learning Challenge—be sure to share your own if you’ve got ’em! Follow us on Twitter and come back to E-Learning Heroes regularly for more helpful advice on everything related to e-learning. If you have any questions, please share them in the comments.