Thursday, March 7, 2013

It’s time for Dialog-based Learning!

Dialog based learning, indeed, is a proven way of teaching and keeping learners engaged.

Today, we will understand how dialogs help us add a human touch to our courses, thus making them more engaging and interesting for the learners. Let’s take a quick look to see how dialogs help us bid boredom goodbye from our courses.

Make Content Realistic through Dialogs

Presenting dry content to learners is a general practice followed by many. We tend to simply describe a situation and end up providing some steps as a solution. Isn’t it time to bring some change?

Well, consider the following tips:

  1. Instead of describing, indulge in creating a situation.

  2. Use relevant characters and narration.

  3. While scripting a dialog between characters ensure to make the content informative and precise.


Check out the 2 samples below to differentiate between the descriptive and the dialog-based learning approach:

Descriptive Approach:


 

Dialog-based Learning Approach: (Click the below image to view the interaction)


 

A descriptive approach fails to be impactful since it does not relate closely to real life. The dialog-based approach helps learners to relate themselves to the situation and is thus quite impactful.

A Great Tool for Creating Dialog-based Learning

One tool that I generally use while creating dialogs is Raptivity. Raptivity has come up with an exciting interaction called Character Dialog. To check out the amazing samples of Character Dialog, click here.

What are the tools that you use for creating a dialog-based scenario or simulation? Do share some of your best creations in the comments below.