As an e-learning developer, transforming static text content into something that’s fun and engaging is the cool and creative part of your job. But as with most things in life, it’s also a balancing act: interactions that simply add a few clicks to your course don’t necessarily create a better, more engaging learning experience. The key is to craft activities with a clearly articulated instructional purpose.
Let me show you what I mean. Below is an example I’m sure you’ve encountered before: a big long slide filled with text bullets.
While this slide doesn’t look bad and the information is correct, there’s just way too much text, and it requires no engagement from the learner. After thinking about how each type of common e-learning interaction (drag-and-drop, click-and-reveal, hover-to-reveal, etc.) could make the material easier to read and absorb, we decided to go with a simple mouse-over interaction that displays the information bit by bit. Here’s the end result:
Not only does the slide simply look nicer, but it’s also more inviting since it’s no longer a big, intimidating wall of static text. Let’s walk through how we transformed this static e-learning content into an improved learning experience.
Chunk it up
Large paragraphs of text presented all at once can feel overwhelming to learners. By creating this hover-to-reveal interaction, we broke the content into smaller, more digestible chunks, and presented each one individually. Both actions make it easier for the learner to focus on information and digest it in bite-size chunks.
Before, we had too much content to show all at once, so we had to deliver it over multiple slides. This added unnecessary bulk to the course. By turning this into a hover-and-reveal interaction, we can deliver this content on one slide. Streamlined content helps learners see right away what’s important, without having to read through all the information to decode it for themselves.
Give learners control
In the first version of this slide, the text dumped all the information on the learner at once. They really had no control over the order or amount of content coming at them. It’s a passive, dull, and tedious experience to slog their way through all that information.
But with the hover-and-reveal interaction, learners can interact with the screen to reveal the information at their own pace and in their preferred order. This gives learners a little more control of the learning experience.
This is just one of the many ways you can transform a static interaction into a more dynamic, engaging experience. If you’d like to learn more about some other ways to brighten up dull content and transform it into a more inviting learning experience, check out some of these helpful articles:
- Types of Interactions
- 3 Ways to Avoid Designing Boring Compliance Training
- A Beginner’s Guide to Designing Effective Tabs Interactions
Do you have any ideas on presenting this type of content? If so, let us know in the comments!
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