Adding interactivity to eLearning courses has been an ongoing discussion. I frequently encounter fellow learning designers who believe the more buttons we add for learners to click besides a fancy look, the more interactive a course will be. They attribute interactivity in a course to its visual appeals, pop-ups, and buttons. I personally do not dismiss the idea of making a course visually appealing, but I don’t see it the primary concern of a learning designer, and don’t think by getting the learners to click we will make our courses more interactive.
Cammy Bean has highlighted “meaningful eLearning interaction to me is not about clicking” and “you can build engaging eLearning without any interaction on screen by just stopping and asking the learner a question.” What I’d like to ask is what meaningful interaction is.
Below is what I’ve gathered from ‘Designing for Deep and Meaningful Student-to-Content Interactions’ journal by Dunlap, Sobel, and Sands.
Dunlap, J., Sobel, D., & Sands, D. (2007). Designing for Deep and Meaningful Interaction. Eric, 51 (4), 20-31.