Make online learning more engaging with these four tips

The coronavirus pandemic gave online learning an unexpected boost. But keeping online participants attentive isn’t always easy. We are happy to share an effective approach. These four tips will help keep your participants in their seats.  

The pandemic unintentionally became the greatest teleworking experiment ever. The lockdown forced us to both work and learn from home. The world of education switched to video and online lessons on a never-before-seen scale. But the business community was also turned upside down in adjusting to the new reality.

Life is returning to normal, but teleworking and online learning are here to stay. After all, online learning means less commuting and fewer organisational challenges. Not only that, but employees can learn at their own pace. The challenge, however, lies in holding their attention while online. Reason enough to put together a few tips.

1. Community is key

Sharing glances when confused or chatting during the break (‘Should we share notes?’) are the kinds of small interactions that people miss when learning online. But you can still create a sense of community with online learning.

An online forum – or simply Microsoft Teams – can be used by employees to ask for and offer each other help. An online community not only makes learning more efficient, but also more enjoyable. After all, spending hours on end at the computer can get lonely.

2. Interaction, also during lessons

If, during the webinar, the instructor simply shows the one slide after the other, there is no possibility for interaction or discussion. And those are precisely the elements that strengthen group learning. Fortunately, there are quite a few online tools and apps available that enable digital interaction.  

Kahoot lets you easily create a quiz. This game element keeps participants attentive since, after all, everyone wants to see their name adorning the scoreboard. Mentimeter lets you gauge the knowledge and opinions of your employees in real time. All it requires is a smartphone or laptop.

3. Combine teaching materials

Individual PowerPoints or PDF files do not encourage scrolling. Participants usually prefer to have a paper textbook in hand. But a well-organised landing page lets you digitally structure the teaching materials. And makes it easier to integrate different types of content and media.

The Mensura Learn&Connect platform combines all materials – from videos to tests – in a visually appealing online environment. Participants can access all modules for an entire year. This lets them brush up on their knowledge of a subject whenever needed.

4. Experiment with blended learning

Although e-learning was already well established in some companies, 91% of companies* have focused more on this since the pandemic. But you don’t have to choose between classroom-based and online learning. Blended learning effectively combines classroom-based learning with new digital technologies.

With blended learning, participants can learn about certain aspects of the course through e-learning or in a webinar with an expert, while practising together with other participants in the workplace or classroom. This clever combination increases the learning impact. And that is one of our primary goals with Mensura Learn&Connect.

* Source: The State of Virtual Training – Cindy Huggett