Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top 7 Reasons to Use Interactivity in Training


Interactivity, according to techopedia, is the communication process that takes place between humans and computer games. What is Interactivity? In training, interactivity has a broader definition. It is defined as any break where an individual participates in the learning process.

I believe that interactivity is key to meaningful learning, whether in a face-to-face or online class. So, I thought it would be interesting to see what other learning professionals had to say about interactivity.

Recently, I got the opportunity to speak with other vendors of training products and services at the ASTD TechKnowledge® 2013 conference in San Jose, California the following question:

What is the major reason for using interactivity in training?

Top Seven Reasons

1. Engage
Marianna Noll of Ancile Solutions (learning & productivity software solutions)
“Interactivity engages your learner, especially with everything competing for her attention. In simulations, you can use mouse roll-overs and drag and drops.”

2. Excite
Jennifer Rapino of vubiz (eLearning for less)
“Interactivity makes your subject a bit more exciting.”

3. Reward
Paul Kenney of CodeBaby (Intelligent Virtual Assistant)
“Gamification—Give them (learners) a reward for interacting with the tool. You will then know they are learning something.”

4. Assess
Carolyn Dawson of SkillSoft (eLearning solutions)
“An assessment is an interactive way to let you know if they did learn anything.”

5. Retain
Lydia Sani of Redwood e-learning systems
“If people interact (with their e-learning class), they are more likely to remember what they are doing. They will retain knowledge.”

6. Reinforce
Faith E. Halpern of Aptara (transforms content)
“Interactivity is good for learning reinforcement. In a classroom setting, students share new ideas, and learn from other participants.”

7. Practice
Rosemary Regner of R Squared Digital Media, Inc. (effective creative content)
After 2 1/2 minutes of e-leaning, students tend to tune out. Interactivity allows the student to practice/explore what they are learning."

What Do You Think?

So, there it is—the top 7 reasons to use interactivity in training. Now, I’d like you to take a moment and interact with me. What are your reasons for using interactivity in training?

In future posts, I will continue to explore various aspects of interactivity.

A great way to get started with interactivity for your eLearning is of course Raptivity, with its rich variety of interactions that are quick and easy to create and add to your eLearning. For more information, see Raptivity®


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