How To Improve Learner Engagement In eLearning Using Articulate Storyline
Organizations moved to eLearning to overcome the challenges associated with classroom training. With the flexibility of self-paced learning, eLearning emerged as a boon for today’s time-parched employees. However, the solution came along with associated perils as organizations started rolling out eCourses rapidly to meet ever-increasing training needs. In their quest to deliver online training to employees, at the speed of need, organizations often resorted to passive, click ‘Next’ page-turners. Delivering courses that are relevant to learner needs and equipped to engage learners in a self-driven environment took a backseat. This heralded a bleak phase for eLearning as courses not aligned to learner needs—in terms of content and more importantly, the elusive engagement factor—failed to engage learners.
With employees dropping out of enrolled courses midway, completion rates have become a matter of concern. This could be due to the missing engagement, lack of interactivities, or a lack of cohesiveness and relevance in the course content for learners. With organizations investing heavily in eLearning, they can’t afford the impact of online courses to be diluted.
So, what can be done to improve this situation? How can the lost engagement factor be regained in eLearning? This is where the free eBook 8 Efficient Ways To Improve Learner Engagement In eLearning Using Articulate Storyline comes in. Fortuitously, the latest eLearning authoring tools now support a multitude of features that help develop immersive courses, pushing boredom and disengagement to the back burner. Of these tools, Articulate Storyline is the one of the most widely used, thanks to its short learning curve and ease of use.
Articulate Storyline can be leveraged to infuse online courses with the much-desired engagement through the support extended to instructional design strategies, high-level interactivities, responsive courses, gamified elements, videos, and more. Let’s take a detailed look at how 8 Efficient Ways To Improve Learner Engagement In eLearning Using Articulate Storyline explores the ways Articulate Storyline can be used to enhance online courses.
Interactivities And Instructional Design Strategies
At the basic level, Articulate Storyline is equipped with variables and triggers that make it very easy to develop interactive elements, without any programming knowledge. Interactivities to teach (such as click on tabs, slideshow, flip cards), and assess are possible in Storyline. Use the default layouts or customize them based on unique needs.
With its inbuilt library of templates and visual assets, Storyline facilitates the development of strategies such as guided learning, scenario-based learning, learning through exploration and discovery (LEAD), and more. So online learners are no longer adrift with the course but have recourse to strong instructional design principles to make the course more relevant and meaningful.
Along with a wide variety of default assessments that can be customized, Storyline facilitates the development of gamified assessments that make testing stress-free.
Features To Convert/Migrate Legacy Courses
If you are looking to use your legacy courses to meet the latest learning requirements, Storyline is your best bet. The responsive output of Storyline 360 helps develop courses that can be accessed across multiple devices, seamlessly. If you are thinking of revamping existing courses with instructional strategies, Storyline lets you pick the best, depending on your learner profile and training requirement.
Developing microlearning is easy with Storyline as it supports the development of micro assets such as videos, infographics, quizzes, games, and more. Upgrading courses to meet new branding guidelines is also possible as Storyline comes with a host of features to customize the Graphical User Interface. Content updates can be made quite easily too.
The best part is that when converting legacy courses, you need not worry about losing the rich, smooth animations created in Flash. This is because Articulate Storyline makes it very easy to recreate Flash-like animations, with minimal programming knowledge, and in a fraction of the time.
Support For Screencasts, Gamified Courses, And Videos
Storyline makes it easy to include the much-needed engagement in online courses by offering the flexibility to develop screencasts, interactive videos, and gamified courses.
Capturing and editing screencasts becomes hassle free using the application ‘Peek’ from the Articulate Storyline 360 suite. This makes it easy to develop software tutorials that can be used in online courses or as standalone videos – an effective way for training on software and ERP applications. Developing game-based learning is a reality with the options available in Storyline. Leaderboards, gamified assessments, customized feedback, and negative scores can all be incorporated.
Videos and interactive videos can be embedded in online courses to increase the impact of training. Think of the impact a welcome message from the CEO will have on new hires when they are taking an onboarding eLearning. Storyline makes it very easy to develop interactive videos too, with just a few clicks.
With these and several other features and options, Articulate Storyline is an interactive eLearning development tool that can be leveraged to put the missing engagement factor back in online courses. Using this tool for the development of online courses will ensure course completion rates and thereby employee productivity get back on track. To learn more about how this versatile tool helps you increase learner engagement, download the free eBook 8 Efficient Ways To Improve Learner Engagement In eLearning Using Articulate Storyline.