How to Create Immersive e-Learning Courses

Akhil Pawa May 4, 2017
The world wide web has put us in a funny place – there is a barrage of information coming our way which we’re not able to efficiently keep up with it owing to our ever-decreasing attention spans. The world of education, having made major strides in e-Learning, also falls prey to this information overload. How can e-Learning strike the perfect balance between providing learners with information, while helping them retain a good part of it? Today, children in the K-12 sector face a mammoth of information in front of them. Without learning experiences that stick, retention and application of knowledge are uphill struggles. Immersive learning is an approach that seeks to engage learners on a deeper level of understanding & learning. It does so by offering a stimulated learning environment that often features games, stories, and interactive content mimicking real-life. Not only does this create an enjoyable experience for students but it also results in an increased retention power. With an immersive learning approach, students can enormously expand their understanding and application of academic concepts. Designing an e-Learning course that sticks in the learner’s memory is a matter of effective strategizing and careful planning. With the right tools, you can impart learning  that stays with students instead of getting pushed into oblivion.  

Keep it real

Immersive learning relies on realism to a great extent. Learners can meaningfully engage with content only if they can relate to its characters and themes. Thus, it’s important for educators to incorporate realistic situations in their training modules. Children in the K-12 sector have a lot of information at their disposal but they should be able to relate lessons to familiar situations. By using realistic situations in videos, case studies, and role plays, educators can enable effective learning. One such example of interactive content is Magic software’s interactive content for kids that is designed using interesting, day-to-day stories to help kids learn in a better and more efficient manner.

Encourage real-world application

If you want students to remember what they learn, encourage them to apply knowledge gained from the online world in the real world i.e. in their day to day tasks. Activities, such as simulations, games, and real-life scenarios, help students apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations and practice learning-by-doing, which eventually leads to better learning and understanding of the subject matter. For instance, to create e-Learning material on physics, a real-life situation involving two kids playing a game of ball can be built into interactive videos to help students understand the concepts of force, mass and energy. Stories are one of the most effective modes that are used to impart information to students. You should build emotionally-compelling stories that help students relate and remember its concepts for a considerable amount of time. Engaging storylines also enhance the appeal of the subject matter, giving students something that they can relate to, enabling the retention of this information for a longer time. You should create engaging stories that tie with the ideology of your training module to create value for your students. Magic’s interactive content is designed to impart academic concepts using emotionally-compelling stories and backdrops that kids can easily relate to.  

Make it visual

Make your content as visual as possible – replace words with actions and text with graphics. The more visual your content, the higher are the chances of students retaining information. Replace textual messages with visual ones makes your educational messaging that much more impactful. For instance, Magic incorporates visual elements such as games and videos in its different modules to keep the learning process interesting for students.  

Connect the dots

Learning is not a fragmented process with different blocks of information working in isolation but rather a continuous one. Linking new concepts to previous knowledge can make students’ learning memorable. Educators should also integrate realistic analogies to help your students connect ideas and concepts, helping them commit it to their long-term memory. If students stop linking pieces of information, their knowledge will display visible gaps and impede immersive learning. Educators can inspire students to connect the dots by introducing elements of previous lessons. To further enhance students’ critical thinking abilities, they can also tie inter-disciplinary elements together.  

Collaborative learning

Although e-Learning doesn’t mimic the classroom experience, the power of social learning can be leveraged through collaboration. Integrate collaborative activities into your course by creating assignments and games that require students to work together, creating a common goal and point of focus. Social learning allows students to interact with their peers while engaging in a highly immersive learning process. They can also benefit from each other’s previous knowledge while receiving support for expanding their comprehension of concepts. For instance, modules with a group project, survey, or activity help students learn by bringing them together in working towards a shared goal. In higher classes, educators could draw upon elements of peer review in assessments and quizzes to further collaborative learning.

Akhil Pawa

Management expert and the service line owner for solutions and delivery of all Digital Interactive Content offerings in Magic. He has been associated with Magic for more than 8 years and has handled several digital transformation projects in Education domain.