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INTERACTIVITY AND E-LEARNING

The online training process obligates us to rethink interaction. As part of eLearning, LMS platforms must now take that into account and offer an online learning environment that makes trainees want to take part. They appreciate stimulation and are looking to interact and make decisions.

So, the question becomes: how can we make remote training more appealing? Let’s explore best practices for generating interactivity.

What does it really mean to make a module interactive? Such interactivity refers to the dialogue between trainees and the software and it all comes back to allowing for interaction and decision-making. This is a key element that brings added value to eLearning projects which promote engagement and participation on behalf of its users.

The interaction level can vary throughout the course of the training program: non-existent interactivity: (texts, video or graphics all processed passively), limited interactivitymoderate interactivity or high interactivity (scenarios, interactive games, simulated job performance exercises, customized videos, avatars, stories, etc.).

Interactions that occur as part of eLearning can include all solutions that serve to reinforce comprehension on the subject matter through experiment. What are the interactivity possibilities offered by eLearning?

  • The conversation: fostering the possibility to ask questions.
  • The community: a critical function which allows the chance to: ask questions, congratulate, clarify, provide feedback, etc.
  • The webinar: this can stimulate interaction at a time that is favourable to dialogue.
  • The QCM: a very efficient way to measure the adequate comprehension level of the trainee.
  • The evaluation: this allows for the validation of essential knowledge.
  • Simulations: this allows for the creation of a training journey that is stimulating.
  • Etc.

A well thought out interactivity will elicit both a reaction and a reflection on behalf of the trainee while also fostering engagement. Interactivity also reinforces knowledge retention and is more motivating.

Thinking an interactivity strategy through is essential because it must mesh with the expectations of trainees, as well as, with the content being disseminated. Making the right interactivity choice greatly distinguishes online training from traditional training courses.

Caroline Irrmann, web editor

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