Most e-learning designers agree that interactivity helps increase learner engagement. But interactivity is about more than just clicks—it’s about engaging your learners both physically and mentally. In this article, we’ll talk about the two levels of interactivity and how to incorporate them into your courses.

Level 1: Physical Interaction

Using interactions is a great way to stop pushing information onto your learners and start giving them the opportunity to explore the content on their own. This not only encourages them to get curious, it also gives them the freedom to move forward at their own pace.

The most common way to get learners to interact with your course physically is to have them click, hover, drag, scroll, or swipe. Thankfully, these kinds of interactions are super easy to build with the authoring apps in Articulate 360.

Getting your learners to interact with the course physically is a great first step toward putting them in the game instead of on the sidelines. But it’s possible to interact with a course physically without engaging mentally. If you want your interactivity to have a meaningful impact on learning outcomes, you’ll need to take it a step further.

Level 2: Mental Interaction

So how do you get learners to interact with your course mentally, and not just physically? Adding only physical interactivity to generic content can feel like busywork, leading learners to mentally check out. To get your learners to switch on their brains, you need to help them understand why they should care about your content.

Here are a few ideas you can try: 

Of course, these are just a few examples that encourage mental interaction. There are tons of other ways to go about it, so don’t be afraid to get creative! Just remember to focus on making your content compelling and relevant and on highlighting real-life applications and you’ll be on the right track.

The Bottom Line

With user-friendly authoring apps like the ones in Articulate 360, adding interactivity is easy. The harder part is ensuring your interactions actually add value. Think about creating interactivity that engages a learner’s mind—and not just their mouse.

To learn more about transforming static content into something more interactive, check out these helpful resources:

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