learner engagement

How to motivate learners in E-learning?

Motivating learners through e-learning courses is not an easy task to accomplish. In simple terms, motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation provides a reason for doing something.

In the e-learning context, learning motivation should be the reason or desire for one’s learning. The e-learning reason should be designed in a well-structured manner that will motivate learners to learn more effectively and resist less. If an e-learning course fails to provide a reason or engage the learners, it means that it has simply failed. Here are 5 tips that will show a smooth path to my readers in motivating their targeted audience in the e-learning process. Moreover, my tips will also answer the following two questions.

  • How to develop learner engagement in the process of learning, which is the main concern.
  • How to avoid drop-outs in your e-learning courses?

Tip 1 Catch hold of Learner’s attention: Grabbing your learner’s attention has a major impact on the e-learning environment. The important things to remember here are first, content should stimulate your learner’s curiosity and second content should be relevant. 

Online learning takes place in an ambiguous environment that makes it adopt the learner engagement strategy. Under this, the training should not be revolved around knowledge awareness, but it should involve action by the learner in between the training. 

Knowledge check questions from within an e-learning course are a prominent example of checking the learner engagement in your course. Using various resources of e-learning such as video, audio, avatars, music, and animations also serves as a significant effect on the learner’s mind.

 Tip 2 Course should be well-structured: To avoid drop-outs in your e-learning course, make it well-structured. An excellent blend of various online resources should be made to achieve e-learning objectives and goals. A designer should clearly state the expectations of the e-learning course. Moreover, the course should be accompanied by the guidelines and instructions, total number of assignments, contact hours, peer interaction posts and projects to be submitted for the course.

 Tip 3 Boost the spirits of your learners by your presence: The problem of drop-outs occurs majorly because of a lack of an online support system for learners. Regular communication with the learners is key to success. 

One must make sure to participate in online discussions on social media like Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. This will allow learners to exchange ideas with each other and definitely enhance their knowledge.

Tip 4 Monitor and Feedback of Performance: The performance should be monitored very carefully, as providing an e-learning course to learners is only half the work done. The critical aspect of an e-learning course starts when performance is monitored and feedback has to be prepared.

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He was a German psychologist who is known for discovering the forgetting curve. According to this curve, the biggest decline in memory happens within 20 minutes, and then 1 hour.