Engaging learners with interactive content

As expert eLearning designers, Strawberry Solutions employ Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

 

This includes providing learners with learning content in multiple formats to cater to different learning styles. For some learners, text alone may increase cognitive load and be an ineffective means to demonstrate concepts.  Providing alternate formats, such as audio via voiceovers and animated videos can make complex information in text more comprehensible.

 

Voiceovers should be created according to both a storyboard and a script.  These deliverables are then reviewed and approved prior to recording the voiceover.  At Strawberry Solutions, we use our in-house voiceover team with Australian accented speakers and can source voiceover artists in other accents where required.

 

We design opportunities for positive feedback to foster a sense of achievement and drive continued engagement.

 

Interactive elements could include:

  • Flashcards with added images (sample featured above).
  • Hotspots with clickable zones that reveal additional content.
  • Multiple choice, multiple response, and/or fill in the bank questions.
  • Matching questions whereby learners can match the word to the phrase.

 

Example of tabs to break up text.

Sourcing images that foster inclusion from a broad range of backgrounds and ages allow all learners to identify with and relate to the content in a meaningful way.

 

Images are used to reinforce learning and convey meaning according to the scenarios and concepts delivered within each course.  In this example below,  we apply the text from chapter heading into hero images.  The chapter heading becomes a “pull text” to draw the learner’s attention into the content.

 

Strawberry Solutions applies appropriate graphic design principles to craft these images into a selection of usable assets in accordance with our clients’ style guides and audience.

 

What authoring tools should be used?

 

The answer depends on whether you are using a Learning Management System, an existing authoring tool (such as Articulate Rise or Adobe Captivate), or want to make your own updates.

If you are happy for your learning designer to provide the end result in say a SCORM or TinCan (xAPI) format then you might not need to maintain your own authoring tool subscription, but if your organisation expects to make regular updates then it could be wise to maintain your own subscription.  Simply give your consultant access to your account to do the work.

Some organisations are steering away from SCORM and want courses developed natively in their LMS.  There are indeed User Experience (UX) advantages to this as sometimes this can feel like a smoother navigation rather than opening new windows or appearing as a window within a window.

Finally, have you considered whether your LMS uses the standard TinyMCE editor?  If so, maybe it is time to consider a HTML5 editor such as Loree.  Loree allows you to create responsive rows, columns, and beautiful graphic layouts that take the UX of your course to the next level.  Loree is now available in Canvas, Blackboard and Brightspace.  Here is a quick demo video of Loree in action within Canvas.

 

By the way, they have a Loree Interactives function too which allows for interactive elements on the learner page (without having to navigate to another screen).  The Loree Interactives function is also brandable to your exact style guide.  Next level stuff!

If you would like to talk to us about creating interactive content within your eLearning or courses, please get in touch!