Improving training through engagement
No matter how good online training content is, if learners are not kept engaged it is extremely likely that their attention will be lost. This is where learning activities come in. Learning activities are great tools for refocusing learners, testing their recall, and providing them with an opportunity to apply information they have learned.
Many different types of learning activities exist including gamification, simulations, and examinations. The types of learning activities that you should include in your course depends upon the course audience, the material being taught, and the course length. Based on our experience it’s important to include a learning interaction every 5-10 minutes. Just ensure that each interaction reinforces and is relevant to the information covered.
Drag and Drop
Drag and drop activities require a learner to pick up an object and move it to a new location in order to elicit a response, complete a task, or obtain a correct answer. They are the most common type of game-based activity used to engage learners and reinforce training material.
Matching activities require a learner to make connections between objects. They are great for reinforcing definitions and testing understanding of relationships. Though terms and phrases are common in matching activities, symbols and pictures can be used to add visual interest.
Hot spots are locations on pictures that a learner can hover over, click on, or drop an object onto in order to reveal information or elicit a correct response. Hot spots can require learners to identify objects or merely be used to offer a more engaging way to provide additional information.
Sequencing activities test a learner’s ability to place terms, procedures, objects, or images into logical order. Sequencing activities are not only great for testing a learner’s recall of step-by step procedures but for providing him or her with an opportunity to practice them as well.
A video-based scenario is a short video clip that ends with a question being posed to the learner. It is up to the learner to determine the best course of action to take for the situation. Once an answer is selected, the video plays out to reveal if the answer chosen was the correct one.
A technical animation is a great tool for making abstract concepts concrete. It is a 2-D or 3-D graphical representation of an object, action, process, or procedure. Technical animations are extremely beneficial when discussing complex training topics.
A decision tree activity challenges a learner by requiring him or her to select an answer from a list of possible choices. Based on the answer selected, the learner will be directed down a tailored learning path. Decision trees are great for learners with varying skill and knowledge levels.
With their ability to be easily and reliably scored, multiple choice questions are useful tools for quickly assessing mastery of specific information.
True or False
Utilizing statements to test learners, true or false questions are popular assessment tools that are quick to develop and easy to score.
Fill in the Blank
Tougher than some other assessment types, fill in the blank questions challenge learners further by requiring them to come up with the answer on their own.
To ensure that no two exams are ever the same, each learner can be presented with an exam comprised of questions randomly chosen from a central question pool.
Hover over each item below to see interactions available to help refocus and keep the learner engaged.