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.

Destiny Benjamin
Eric Donovan

I am a bit late to the challenge but I wanted to share my first attempt at integrating green screen video and animations with 3D modeling to create an interactive door installation challenge for my hands-on construction students who are perhaps struggling to stay engaged in their new online educational experience. This game is as much of a puzzle as it is instructional. I have included a list of steps below as they will not be readily apparent without the previous lessons. I'll provide some more hints if you get stuck! 1. Confirm the door size and handing with the plans 2. Check the R.O. and door condition 3. Check the floor level 4. Shim the hinge side jack stud plumb 5. Install the door 6. S... Expand

Ron Katz
Swarna Subramanian

Hello everyone! I usually start to build something for these challenges. I start off with a great idea and then that gets snowballed up to a point where I run out of time and quit in the middle. So this time, I have tried to keep it simple. Maybe too simple! This is an idea I had while I was asked to develop a return to work course for my company. Instead of starting off with listing all the safe work procedures in place at the company, I though why not start with a question and thereby giving the learners time to think "Am I ready to get back to the office? Do I know everything I need to know to safely work in my office?" This interaction uses no user variables. It is a basic states based scenario interaction. Please let me know how you enjoy it and how I can improve! Looking f... Expand