Defining eLearning Terms
Throughout the eLearning forums we often see the terms "engaging" and "interaction" used. And there's always a clamor for courses to be "more engaging" and "more interactive."
What do these terms mean to you? And do they mean the same thing to everyone in the community? (I think not, and that's one of the reasions for this discussion.) So, in the context of eLearning, what are their definitions?
To start things off, here's what these terms mean to me:
Interaction: anything that the course requires a user to do with a mouse or keyboard other than to press the "next" button to continue.
Engaging: anything that attracts or holds the learner's interest, whether visual, audible, or intellectual.
So, wordsmiths, philosophers, grammarians, etymologists... lend us your thoughts! When we use these terms, what do we truly mean?