There are a number of different ways to learn – but which are the best learning techniques to capture and maintain attention? Sometimes e-Learning requires techniques outside the norm to make a real impact. Read on to learn about 5 unusual but effective e-Learning techniques that are most definitely worth a try!
- Real Photography
Stock images may be easy to obtain, but every e-Learning content developer out there is using them to support their content, and repetition is simply boring. If you can, take your own photographs and use them in your content. Take pictures of your staff, use your office and customer settings for any scenarios and examples – make it real, and of course relevant to the content you’re posting.
While using humor in your content can be hit or miss, it’s worth a shot since it can really aid in the learning process. Using techniques such as parody or extending a funny film/TV narrative to a learning situation makes it more memorable for students and easier to understand. This is because people will most likely be familiar with the story and it can serve as a guidepost to help support the learning. Make your e-Learning relatable and lively!
- Anchored Drama
An anchored drama is a story that evolves as you move through a learning program. It contains a plot that supports the main learning themes you’re trying to get across. The characters and your students go on a similar journey; you tell the story based on the many typical challenges and triumphs that they could face. This will bring the experience to life and also guide your students in an ideal manner.
- The Psychology of Language
The psychology of language is an underused tool in e-Learning. The words you choose and the sentence structures that underpin your words can help motivate your audience to learn. For example, speaking directly to your audience as ‘you’ brings the learning closer and makes reading easier. Also, using the word ‘and’ tends to evoke more positive feelings than using the word ‘but.” Word choice is crucial. Phrasing language in the positive is generally easier for people to understand. This is particularly important when it comes to instructions or requests.
- Hinge Questions
A hinge question is an important question that is designed to get your target audience thinking. It usually focuses on a key concept, like a common challenge or pain point. Everything in the question is geared towards learning: the question itself, the correct answer, and the alternative choices. Even the feedback should reinforce the key concept. Hinge questions are important learning milestones. A good learning program will contain at least a few key hinge questions.
These 5 little-known secrets to e-Learning success will help you not only think outside the box when it comes to teaching, but also help your students think that way, too. When it comes down to it, capturing and maintaining your audience’s attention requires creativity, so the unusual works!
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