Once again I was trawling e-learning blogs and came upon this gem.
While I'm not usually into inspirational quotes, if they come from an authentic source then maybe I can be swayed. Winston Churchill is an authentic source...right? 🤓
I particularly loved number 7 - "Where my reason, imagination or interest were not engaged, I would not or I could not learn" - Winston Churchill.
I try to engage my learners as much as I can but my skills are limited when it comes to serious gamification. I overcome this by adding some humour to questions, answers, and statements. I also try to find videos or images that really capture what I'm trying to say in emotive or entertaining ways. I particularly love scenes from The Office. They are not only hilarious but they can be a welcome break from serious workplace training. I understanding not all clients want this type of content though...it's their product after all I'm always open to suggestions for entertaining but informative videos so feel free to comment below!
As a learner, I know I want to be engaged. Information presented in an emotive or entertaining way is more likely to help me remember what I’m being taught. I assume I am not alone...if you only want slabs of information I may not be the designer for you (sorry, not sorry 🤪)
I think this quote from Winston is important to remember when talking to clients. Sometimes they want massive info dumps and forget what its like to be a learner.
We all want to be entertained. Online learning can be so bloody boring, I believe it is our duty as designers to make it as engaging as possible.