The Key to Engaging Adult Learners

Designing Digitally


Adult Learning

Elearning is effective only when it has the capability to hook learners. Designing learning that motivates and engages your employees can be a challenging task. However, there are several techniques that can aid you in creating an engaging user experience for the learners.

Here are top five most useful tips that you will want to apply to your next course.

#1: Keep it relevant

No matter how much effort you invest in choosing the perfect graphic and color palette, if the content is not relevant, your employees will not be interested in the learning. You must analyze the learning needs and design your course accordingly. If you want your learners to stay engaged, your learning module should meet their learning goals. Another aspect you need to keep in mind is their existing work experience. The elearning course must take into consideration their highest qualification and past work experience. If they can identify with certain concepts, then they will be interested in continuing to move ahead. But, there has to be a fine balance. If the content is too familiar to them, they may lose interest in the course.

#2: Keep it emotionally driven

Adult learners identify with emotionally driven content. In fact, connecting them emotionally with the learning content is the best way to keep them motivated. Using fonts, colors, images, and multimedia wisely is the key to an emotional connect. You need to consider using real-world scenarios. Using avatars for storytelling is a good way to liven up dry content and make the scenarios relatable. But, don’t forget to add the touch of realism.

#3: Provide prompt feedback

Adult learners love hearing feedback. If you can offer immediate feedback to an error committed by the adult learner, it would add immense value to your elearning course. If that is not possible, provide an alternative way of handling a situation to drive the interest levels in your learners. You need to build a mechanism that will provide a prompt feedback. If you inform the learner of the error as soon as they commit it, they remember it better and retain the knowledge for future usage.

#4: Don’t make it too heavy

The last thing you would want in an elearning course is huge blocks of text that distract the learner and break his concentration. There are ways to work around huge amounts of information. Information can be chunked into logical sub topics. You can use lists or bullet points. Or, you can opt for splitting the elearning module into smaller modules.

#5: Include active learning

Learners learn better if they can apply the knowledge. It is always better to design assignments that coax the learner to explore a topic and learn. You can pose a problem question and ask them to suggest a solution, or encourage them to collaborate online to solve a case study. When your learners obtain knowledge by doing, they remember it better.  

At Designing Digitally, Inc., we create engaging and immersive elearning solutions that make learning fun, yet relevant to your employees.

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