One of the key advantages of eLearning is the ability to access content 24/7 and in bulk so that students can work at their own pace. The downside? If content isn’t structured correctly it can lead to overload and dampen learners’ ability to retain all of the information. Here we explore ways to use multimedia based eLearning to combat this and boost information retention.
Utilise Micro Learning
Keep it short and sweet. Even when you incorporate multimedia in eLearning you still have the potential for overload so it’s a good idea to keep things in bitesize chunks for ease of understanding. Some of the ways you can do this is by breaking down difficult concepts to smaller videos or audio that don’t last more than 5 minutes. If not, it’s more likely students will switch off and won’t get the intended learning outcome.
Another way to do this is to provide content in different steps so that it’s easy to follow but also each element is short and feels achievable as part of reaching the end goal.
Multimedia in education can be exciting, particularly if you are sprucing up your content to get trainees interested. Just make sure you aren’t doing it for the sake of it, or compromising functionality because you want to make it look fancy. Remember that the education itself is most important, multimedia is there to facilitate that, not the other way around and if you turn everything into a multimedia snippet where will the actual meat of the content be?
Combine Audio & Animation
Appeal to different learning types by using multimedia combinations like audio and animation that can work particularly well with difficult tasks. For training demonstrations add narration over the top of videos to help explain what is expected and what exactly to focus on, so you know students are getting the right takeaway from the media. Another option is to add text or captioning to images to draw attention and help with problem-solving.
Mix It Up
Always remember to mix things up. One of the reasons using multimedia works well is because it changes the format to a more interesting way to absorb the content, however, just using the same element types can get monotonous too. Keep students on their toes and appeal to different learning types by using images, audio snippets, graphics, animations or video and text to offer a varied and enjoyable experience.
Consider Your Content
This can be tricky, but you’ll need to remember what you are trying to get across and find the elements that are most suited to it. For example, for complex corporate training an image and text overlay might not explain the level of depth required, so opt for a lengthier infographic instead. Remember that things can be lost in translation when the format is changed so try to ensure you’re still getting the message across.
Combining multimedia in eLearning is important to get students and employees excited about learning, but remember to keep it short, fresh and varied to avoid overload.