How Do Course Designers Gain Learners’ Attention in Online Training? #279

Motivating and Gaining Attention in E-Learning #279: Challenge | Recap

Motivating learners is a key goal for course designers. Even the most exciting subject matter can feel boring to learners if the content is irrelevant, has poorly written course descriptions, lacks benefit to the learner, and more. What’s more, if they’re not interacting with the content, learners are more likely to space out.

As course designers, it’s our job to come up with creative ways to keep learners tuned in and receptive to the material. And finding ways to gain our learners’ attention is  what this week’s challenge is all about!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share ideas to grab learners’ attention at the opening of the course. This can be a quiz, scenario, video, case study, or any other idea you want to show.

Share Your E-Learning Work

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published example and blog post.
  • Forums: Start  your own thread and share a link to your published example..
  • Personal blog:  If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure.
  • Social Media: If you share your demos on Twitter or LinkedIn, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you turn your attention to this week’s challenge, check out the creative ways random number variables are used in e-learning:

Random Number Variables in E-Learning #278

Random Number Variables in E-Learning #278: Challenge | Recap

Wishing you a great week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to the E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Tom Kuhlmann
Veronica Budnikas
David Field
Jonathan Hill
Jonathan Hill
Phil Mayor
Jodi M. Sansone
Jonathan Hill
Sunet Sullivan
Jonathan Hill
Noelle Allen
Trey McNabb
Chris Hodgson

Something a bit different this week - what I have created is a plugin for WordPress (LearnDash LMS) which will transfer a learner’s name from their user profile into any Storyline-built activity. I was inspired to work on this after reading Jonathan Hill’s comments above on the impact of addressing a learner by name, realising that nothing like this existed for WordPress at the moment. I also built in a fallback so that if the user is a guest then this can be planned for with a simple IF statement built into your project. Lastly, I am giving this plugin away for free, so if you use WordPress to deliver your courses I hope you find it useful: Here is a video showing how it all works: https://w... Expand