Are you connecting?
So, what do you do when learner Mollie lands in your learning environment and she wants to know, “What do you have here that’s relevant to me?”
Does your course offer Mollie cues that she might learn something useful?
Does your course begin with a “hook” that draws Mollie in to the experience?
How does the material you present relate to Mollie’s job?
What about your course tells Mollie that it’s worth its “wait” in clicks?
It’s all about interaction.
Check out Tom Kuhlmann’s ASTD TechKnowledge presentation on “Adding Interactivity to Your Rapid E-Learning Courses.”
5 thoughts on “Invite interaction”
Great comments. I agree that interactivity is simultaneously a coveted, feared, and oft-misunderstood phenomenon.
So, have you designed re-usable activity templates? Do you have durable content that can be repurposed across learning activities? What is your approach to engaging your learners?
Is it just me or is the interactivity is the component that most often gets vetoed by clients?
They seem to love those bulleted lists, but I have a hard time making my ideas for interactivity “stick.”
Designing interactions is the hardest thing for me.
I struggle with the “how” as much as the “what” of interactivity. You’ve pointed me to a head start on building the how. Now I just need more ideas on the what!
Thanks for the plug. I’ll be adding a little more to the series on how to quickly build characters and scenes for the scenarios, as well.
I watched the presentation on using powerpoint for branching. It is good to know that it can be done. I’d always been told it was not possible to provide such interactivity without using Flash. Will try out this approach with my next design.