Encourage Learners to Reflect on What They Just Learned
Keeping learners focused and engaged can be a real challenge.
For many learners, the e-learning course is just another workplace hurdle they need to overcome before they can focus on their “real work.”
What are some ways course designers can keep learners focused and engaged without overcomplicating the development process?
One way to engage your learners is by inviting them to reflect on what they just learned. Rather than building custom practice activities for every module, try asking your learners an open-ended question that connects the content to real-world activities.
Example of Learning Journals in E-Learning
One great example of a learning journal is one that is available throughout the course and features text entry fields to capture learners’ thoughts for each section of the course.
Created in Articulate Storyline, the journal is contained in a multilayer lightbox slide using basic text entry fields to capture learners’ thoughts.
What Would You Do?
Learning journals don’t need to be skeuomorphic or complicated interactions. A video, case study, or short paragraph is all you need to set up the scenario.
Ask a reflective question like “What would you do?” and include a blank text entry field so learners can jot down their answers.
Make it interactive by including an option for learners to compare their answers with an expert’s recommendation or response.
The goal is to find creative ways to encourage learners to reflect in meaningful ways. And that’s what this week’s e-learning challenge is all about!
Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to share an example that shows how learning journals and note-taking can be used in e-learning courses.
You don’t have to build out a fully working example.
The goal for this challenge is to show different ways learners can reflect on their material and collect the info for later use.
Tom has a good post on learning journals and reflective note-taking in e-learning: How to Create a Learning Journal to Go with Your E-Learning Courses.
Stephanie Harnett shared some awesome source files and screencasts on creating learning journals and notetaking:
- Screenr Part 1: Demonstration - https://player.vimeo.com/video/204928444
- Screenr Part 2: How It Was Built - https://player.vimeo.com/video/204928450
- Storyline Source: http://bit.ly/INWKD7
- Published Output: http://bit.ly/1gmwbnb
Last Week’s Challenge:
Before you journal on the cool ideas you intend to share in this week’s challenge, take a look at the multimedia learning examples community members shared in last week’s challenge:
Wishing you a reflective week, E-Learning Heroes!
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The weekly 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.