And it’s true: if your idea of e-learning is little more than a glorified PowerPoint presentation in which clicking the ‘next’ button counts as user interaction, ‘engaging’ is hardly the word that springs to mind.
(Although, incidentally, ‘interactive’ does not automatically mean ‘engaging’. I have seen far too many examples of e-learning that demands user interaction but doesn’t succeed in pulling them in and teaching them anything. Likewise, novels wouldn’t be as enduringly popular if engagement depended on interaction. But how to create effective interactions is a separate topic entirely…)
The point is that e-learning can be engaging! It just takes a little thought. Often, the doubters are comparing e-learning to the classroom: how can sitting alone in front of a computer compete with a group learning experience? Well, perhaps this is where e-learning needs to start. We’ve all, I’m sure, experienced some really shocking classroom training or learning as well as some really great examples – so what is it that differentiates the engaging from the excruciating?
I’ve had a mini-brainstorm myself but many heads are better than one, so what do you think? What is it that makes the difference between a dull classroom experience and an engaging one? And can any of those features or characteristics be transferred into e-learning?