JThe global EdTech market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19.9% from 2021 to 2028 to reach USD 377.85 billion by 2028, according to grandviewresearch.com, making it an indispensable part of the educational system. The EdTech industry has played a pivotal role in bridging the gap between modern technology and age-old studies by changing the landscape of education.
What needs to be built into these modern technologies is a human touch to make learning imperative and fun. Over time, remotely or online, learning using modern technologies can make learners feel isolated and even lose their enthusiasm for studying. But humanized learning can increase the relevance of content to learners and boost their engagement and motivation.
Digital learning solutions can actually deliver measurable business value. They offer learning and development (L&D) professionals a role in creating effective digital learning environments by humanizing digital learning. They need to understand that adding a human touch is just as important and necessary today to grab the attention of users.
When designing a course, training and development professionals need to understand that their digital learning programs need to have high values attached to them, making them gain “pull” factors instead of of “push”. It therefore becomes very important to understand how you, as a training and development professional, package your digital learning content. By creating online learning experiences that connect your learners to your online content, you can make learning natural, simple, and effortless.
Here are some tips to humanize digital pedagogy to make it more interesting and engaging for working professionals…
Keep your e-learning courses organized
Speaking of clear structure, keeping e-learning content organized is crucial for an engaging learning experience. To avoid cognitive overload, which prevents learners from focusing on key points, keep your programs well thought out. Be sure to prioritize information by identifying the most important messages you want to get across. Which courses are compulsory and which are complementary?
You can even try “action mapping” to organize your topics and distribute them in a logical flow to boost knowledge retention. Well-organized learning content will help your learners absorb the course material easily and quickly and allow you to deliver information in an effective way that matches your online learning goals.
Trigger the curiosity of your audience
When you provide your learners with something that sparks their curiosity, you increase their interest, as well as their level of engagement. Engage their attention with great visuals and create an environment that stimulates their curiosity using challenging storyline questions and engaging e-learning games. Exercises that introduce conflicts and dilemmas will encourage your audience to reflect on what they are learning.
Videos and interactive animations
Add animations, music and dialogues in your videos so that they become more engaging. There is a saying that you learn faster by seeing visual images than by listening or reading text. Make your videos short and crisp instead of dragging them around like a lecture.
Introduce role plays and simulations
Role-playing games and simulations are forms of experiential learning. By assuming various roles, learners improvise themselves as a character or personality to participate and interact with varied and complex learning contexts. Students learn by exploring the viewpoints of the characters or personalities they are trying to articulate in the environment. This student-centered space can facilitate learner-centered assessment, where tasks are designed for active student learning.
Use of online digital brainstorming
By using an online brainstorming tool, you can even create ideas collectively with remote team members. You can post a question or an idea and invite colleagues to respond. These answers can form a word cloud in real time.
Provide a meaningful experience
You can activate your learners’ existing knowledge using relevant information, as well as their emotions, and provide them with a more meaningful online learning experience. To create such an experience, you need to focus on resonating with your learners’ personal experiences and evoking their emotions, because finding meaning in new information helps learners easily connect to it and grasp knowledge. effortlessly. Responding to your audience’s emotions is one of the most effective ways to increase their level of engagement; well-chosen images, captivating stories and small doses of humor stimulate interest and provide positive motivation and emotional connectedness.
Student engagement will translate directly to online learning success. The more engaging your course is, the more valuable it will be to students and the more successful your course will be. By creating a meaningful experience, changing teaching formats, and connecting directly with students, you can become a better teacher and help your students become better learners.
(The author, Mr. Brijesh Kohli, Director of Xebia Academy and the opinions expressed in this article are his own)