How to Create Powerful eLearning Content to Keep Your Students Engaged
Are you an education provider that struggles to create powerful eLearning content?
When delivering new information to students, teachers are often looking for new ways to do so. For example, Pauline Gibbons, an education researcher, tells us, “Rather than trying to simplify information, amplifying the curriculum means finding as many ways as possible to make key information comprehensible.”
Everyone is familiar with how a conventional classroom looks, and even there, keeping students of any age engaged can be a challenge. With regular lockdowns and constant uncertainty, eLearning is still a large part of student’s educational journeys. Therefore, teachers have had to adapt their teaching styles and methods to adjust to the transition to online learning.
When creating powerful eLearning content, several techniques can be used, let’s explore some of those methods.
Software, Templates and Tools
Thankfully, eLearning systems, platforms and tools are more advanced than ever, meaning that the stress of keeping students engaged is a thing of the past. Animation is a great way to create interactive lessons that interest and excite students. Animation software such as PowToon or Vyond offers highly engaging features with several benefits, assisting student progression.
Benefits of Animation Software:
- – Ability to create animated videos within minutes
- – Simple to use
- – Library of templates
- – Vast content library or videos, characters, soundtracks, characters
- – Collaboration tools
Video can not only be used by the teacher to deliver information and skills through an online class, but students can also be encouraged to create videos to share with their peers.
One benefit of video in eLearning is appealing to all learning styles, assisting with success rates amongst students. Video is most effective when used as a short, sharp burst of information. This receives the highest engagement rates and maximises information retention.
- – Enriching text
- – Introduction to a new topic
- – Digital lectures
- – Interview and documentary skills
- – Instructional clips
Video comprehension can be applied as a tool to test student’s knowledge and understanding. Research shows that such repeated quizzing can improve student outcomes.
Student’s becoming disengaged or uninterested after an hour of listening or reading isn’t just a ‘difficult’ or ‘únmotivated’ student. Scientists say that the average attention span of an older school student is 10 to 15 minutes, yet most classes last nearly five times longer.
Making classes interactive is essential for involving students and gaining their interest in the subject. There are several methods to make your eLearning course interactive:
- – Quizzes
- – Educational games
- – Problem-solving
- – Group work
- – Forced debate
Collaboration projects are an excellent way for students with different strengths to work together to complete individually designated tasks. Without each student’s part, the project is incomplete. In-person collaboration projects may be challenging right now, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t be completed online.
Some digital tools that support collaborative projects:
- – Google hangouts – Webchat platform with screen sharing ability.
- – Zoom breakout rooms – The meeting host can split the group into up to 50 separate sessions and switch between sessions as they please.
- – GooseChase Edu – Digital scavenger hunts with different missions. Great for reviewing previous topics.
- – Explain Everything – An interactive whiteboard and presentation app.