The Real Reason Interactivity is Important for Mobile Learners

Because it's fun!
We know your learning content is essential and the results you need are crucial to your bottom line... but to get there, the experience for your team should be fun and engaging!

Passive eLearning, such as text-based courses or videos followed by assessment questions, might be delivered in an online format - but it just isn't enough for modern learners. Their everyday user experience, with all things digital, has created an expectation for more. By meeting their interactive expectations, you'll actually be delivering a more successful elearning program.

The goal of interactive eLearning is three-fold:

  1. Engage your learners with an immersive experience of various degrees
  2. Provide a way for them to process what they've just learned and apply it to real work situations
  3. Be able to track individual learner success

How do you start? Incorporating interactivity into your learning program can be anything from basic clickable graphics to highly interactive, even virtual, experiences.

Basic level: provide ways to put your users in control by requiring them to interact with the learning through clickable opportunities. "click here to learn more" or "click on the control panel to see what each of these buttons do."

Mid-level: The objective here would be to give learners more control over their experience with drag and drop assessments, basic simulations, multimedia courses and customized scenarios. One example would be an actual work situation converted into a game-based "spot the difference" type assessment.

High-level interactive eLearning/mLearning is totally immersive. Your learners have control over the time, place and device used for learning. They interact with the screen through the entire process (with tracking available at every click). They receive feedback to coach them while making decisions and help them progress to the next step. At this level, you will see gamification elements such as rewards and points. Users may use avatars of their choosing and collaborate in peer-to-peer social learning situations. Multimedia and virtual experiences will closely imitate and simulate job performance situations.

What are the benefits of these efforts?
Engagement, Knowledge Retention, Confidence, Behavioral Change, as well as:

  • Because the experience is enjoyable - learners are more motivated to participate.
  • With the learner more fully engaged, she/he moves toward more meaningful learning and critical thinking.
  • Simulated experiences build confidence - improving the customer or end-user experience.
  • Providing real-life simulations encourages decision-making without risk to people or expensive equipment.
  • Problem-solving interactions force learners to reflect, combining prior knowledge with the new information they've just experienced.
  • Receiving hints and automatic timely feedback helps them to refine strategies, weigh the pros and cons of various solutions, and refine their decision-making.
  • Emotionally driven learning is proven to provide more memorable experiences. Engaging learners with multimedia, rewarding them with recognition, supplying meaningful scenarios and providing opportunities to make decisions in a safe environment....these all appeal to your learners' emotions.
  • Interaction allows you to provide a variety of learning for all types of learners.

Go ahead - touch your screen - click right here and let's talk about your digital learning and how to make it interactive, fun, and successful!

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