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Making e-Learning Memorable

One of the biggest challenges as an Instructional e-Learning Designer, is to make the learning experience fun and exciting. No one wants to complete boring e-Learning exercises, especially when it's mandatory. A wise man once said:

"Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think." - Albert Einstein.

This is a useful concept which we can bring into e-Learning design. Stop trying to force participants to learn facts and instead give them the tools to learn on their own.

I often use the following to bring my e-Learning to life:

  • Tests and quizzes
  • Games and puzzles
  • Branching scenarios
  • Surveys and feedback

See the infographic below for more guidance.

Make it personal

It is important to understand that lack of motivation is a major reason why participants don’t complete their e-Learning, but this can be easily reversed.

My best advice is to make the content inviting and human. Set a personal tone with words like ‘we’ and ‘us’. And don’t forget learning is a journey. Think of it like taking the kids on a long drive, would they not enjoy the ride more, if you asked them to do something?

Louise Theodorides, Instructional Designer (e-Learning), Sports Coach UK

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