E-learning originally shouldn’t be scary. But not being well versed with e-learning can certainly be scary at times. Fortunately, this Hallow’s day, we will learn ways to skip the bumps and avoid the common mistakes in e-learning.
Unlike other holidays, Halloween fuels our imagination with interesting spooky things like zombie costumes, Jack O’ Lanterns, spider web decorations and Halloween costumes. Capitalizing these interests via e-learning can prove to be rich learning and understanding opportunities for everyone. Here is a peek at how to avoid e-learning demons this Halloween:
The Haunted House: Feeling scared, while waiting for the threats around the next corner, clutching tightly to a friend and unable to see where you’re going can be exhilarating in a Halloween decorated haunted house…
Trick: But you can’t afford to waste time searching for the right path of learning trying to complete an e-learning course.
Treat: Having a simple designed user interface can actually light the way with learner centric navigation, track records and signposts in order to lubricate the learning process.In order to guide the learners to show where they’ve been and where they’re going.
Spooky sound effects: When you hear a horror movie soundtrack or, watch a crocodile hunting video, you know that it’s playing on your deepest biologically-engrained emotions. The scary music in ‘jaws’ makes you feel like you’re the mama marmot and those children getting attacked on the beach are your own babies. Having such sound effects like thunder, lightning etc can set a perfect scary ambience for your Halloween visitors.
Trick: Having annoying, distracting and loud sound effects can ruin an e-learning module completely. An e-learning course with super low voice over, loud music or unnecessary interactivity sound hampers the learning and distracts the learner.
Treat: To have sound design such that it connects with the deepest biologically engrained emotions to increase interactivity and engagement supports the learners’ reason to study rather than feeling distracted, panicked or wanting to scream!
No one at home: Everyone experiences this, once every Halloween. Some neighbors decorate the house with amazingly scary lighting, witches and scare crows—and go on vacations! This costs guests their precious candy collecting time, wandering and observing decorations without any fruitful gain.
Trick: Luring the learners in an e-learning course which does not deliver the expected information is wicked. Online course made of superficial eye candy looks pretty but has no substance, so it fails to educate well. E-learning programs without any behavioral changes amount to nothing but empty calories and waste of time.
Treat: Create images and visuals that are interactive and act as communication devices that engage, teach and motivate the learners (visitors). Using clear, visually effective and interactive images and equally effective content will be able to produce better results with increased retention capacity.
The Sweet Tooth: Halloween for kids is candy. Collecting and eating effectively followed by headaches, upset stomachs and lethargy are the effects of the over night developed sweet tooth!
Trick: Often too much of anything has side effects and the same thing happens in e-learning courses with too much stuffed information. This leads to frustration, distraction and disengagement. Don’t victimize learners with concentrated information!
Treat: Instead, give learners diluted information in chunks that are properly organized and easy to digest. A sorted e-learning program with clear instructional strategies and fair comparison between need to know and nice to know information proves to be useful to the learners in order to avoid the indigestion.
This 31st October, treat your learners to a training that offers a user-friendly interface, meaningful visual content, productive and less distracting sound design, and easy instructional strategies. Your training and their learning will be successful without making any bones about it!
Have you gotten rid of your E-learning demons? How do you plan to do it this
Halloween? Let us know!