In a digitized workspace that has increasingly come to be defined by floods of email notifications, instant messages, chats and calls, people are now conditioned for smaller attention spans. Learner engagement has become all the more challenging and sought after.
These distractions have the effect of reducing the learner’s ability to pay attention to the lessons that are taught and yield sub-optimal returns on investment in organizational training and development. Learners need to participate in the learning process and engage with the instructor onsite or the LMS to absorb the lessons taught to them and thereafter translate those lessons into job skills.
How Can Interactive Learning Content Help to Retain the Attention of Learners?
Traditional content facilitates a one-way flow of information from the instructor or the LMS to the learners.
Interactive learning content, on the other hand, drives a two-way exchange of instruction and response between the instructor or the learning management system and the learners.
Interactive learning content allows and incentivizes learners to participate in the learning process, respond to lessons, apply their knowledge to assignments and tests, monitor their progress and revisit lessons and concepts to improve upon past performances.
What Are the Barriers to Organizations Embracing Interactive Content Types?
Interactive content has been touted as the next big thing in organizational learning. There is also consensus among the members of the training and development fraternity that interactive content is the way forward towards enhancing learner engagement. However, some major challenges have persisted since long:
- No Standardized Format
Despite the emergence of interactive content types for augmenting learner engagement, the lack of a standardized format for interactive content has for long plagued organizational learning and fragmented the process of content creation.
- Costs of Repeating the Content Creation Process
The lack of coherence among different platforms and websites means that interactive content types have to be recreated separately. Recreating custom versions for separate websites and platforms inflates the costs of interactive content types.
H5P: A Modern and Convenient Standard for Interactive Content Types
H5P makes creating and editing content like videos, presentations, and assessments for learners incredibly easy and fun.
Popular Interactive Content Types that Can Be Created Using H5P
H5P supports the creation and editing of a vast array of interactive content types that augment learner engagement. Some of the most popular interactive content types that offer a high learner engagement are as follows:
Course presentations include slides with different types of interactions with the learner. You can edit course presentations with H5P in web browsers and use them for diverse purposes such as classroom learning or as a game that allows learners to make choices based on the outcomes of their choices.
Interactive videos can be edited to integrate descriptions, images for additional understanding and referencing, tables, exercises to fill in the blanks and multiple choice questions. Further learners have the option to hop to a relevant part of the video based on their custom inputs. These are created and edited using the H5P authoring tool in a standard web browser.
Speak the Words
An exercise to speak the words works on the H5P voice recognition based content type. Authors can ask a question and allow the learner to speak out the answer in their voice. The in-built speech engine is currently available for the Chrome browser.
A branching Scenario enables content creators to present a diversity of interactive content types to learners using a flexible cafeteria benefits approach. A branching scenario allows authors to present a chain of choices and outcomes to learners based on the responses that they select.
Fill in the Blanks
Exercises to fill in the blanks display a solution to the learner after filling in the gaps or at the end of each word. In addition to facilitating learning in native and second languages, these exercises can be used to test the factual accuracy and conceptual clarity of learners.
You can see all of these interactive content types in action in an eLucid demo.
How eLucid Supports Interactive Content to Support Learner Engagement?
At eLucid, we offer a learning management system that is H5P compliant and thus, allows training and development personnel to deploy interactive content types with least effort, at a minimum cost and with absolutely no need to write a single line of code.
The LMS from eLucid supports more than 35 diverse interactive content types like course presentations, videos, games, quizzes, fill in the blanks, multiple choice questions, etc.
Further, eLucid makes the learning process more interactive, customizes the learner experience for personal devices to augment learning on-the-go and allows learners to participate in the learning process to engage more effectively.
Your Opinion Matters…
At eLucid, we have partnered with diverse organizations hailing from different industry verticals to provide them with custom solutions to cater to their requirements of learning and development of their staff. We invite training and development professionals to explore our value-based LMS and share their insights and opinions with us.
Our collaborative approach to offering interactive content types has allowed us to better understand the requirements of organizations, their training and development personnel, and users.
We welcome communities of professionals engaged in training and development and organizational learners to share their experiences of using different content types in the comments below.