A handy ‘5 tips for engaging your students in eLearning’ infographic – something to print out and stick on the wall as a handy reminder of what you/we can do to make it easier for students to get the best out of their (e)learning:
- Keep it interesting & relevant
- Keep it organised and uncluttered
- Keep it interesting
- Keep up to date
- Make it engaging & interactive
The associated descriptors are slightly, for my taste, light on details and helpfulness but it’s a good start. If you can keep these five ‘elements’ in mind when creating or maintaining your learning materials & resources then it’s a good place to start.
For example: “5. Only add interaction that are necessary, such as links, videos, or file downloads” … I can see why a link or download is an ‘interaction’ but for an online learning experience I’d say these are essential. The interaction comes from inclusion of activities where the students has to read and reflect on something, perhaps individually or as part of a group. Interactions between the students is what makes a valued and lasting experience, not an interaction with a hyperlink to a website, video, or PDF download.