Top 5 benefits of multimedia eLearning design

Mon 06 Mar 2023

Learning and development professionals are seeing the value of designing and developing eLearning courses when training and developing the skills of employees in the workplace. 

eLearning is an effective tool useful for mandatory training purposes, product training or just upskilling employees.. We’re here to give you a few eLearning design examples of how and where multimedia works, and why it is beneficial to the overall learning experience. 

Increases engagement 

~Today’s audiences expect to be entertained as they learn and. using multimedia in eLearning, makes the learning experience  enjoyable. 

You can have fun with videos, games, quizzes and other interactive features to keep your learners engaged. Don’t forget, people learn in different ways, from auditory learning to visual, therefore it’s important to make sure you have something for everyone.

Breaking a chunk of text up with a video or a short quiz can keep learners engaged and interested in what they must learn. A quiz at the end of each section can keep learners stimulated, and they’re more likely to concentrate knowing they must do a quiz at the end.

Increases problem solving skills

Employers invest in learning and development courses to close skills gaps, increase competency and boost problem-solving skills in the workplace. Rather than overloading learners with text, give them a problem-solving challenge to put their knowledge into action.

With this, you will boost their problem-solving skills throughout the online course, and they will be able to use their new knowledge to think critically. 

Contextualised learning

Learning how to use your knowledge is an important aspect of developing workplace competency. As a digital learning designer, you could insert videos of a scenario and then ask learners how they would respond to this issue. 

This technique effectively stimulates the learner, forcing them to think critically and reflect on what they have learnt. Multimedia is effective because the next time learners encounter a similar real-life scenario, they will be equipped with the knowledge gained from the experience of their eLearning course.

These challenges can be conducted through videos, games, quizzes, and mini tests where participants write their responses in a text box. Whatever you do, there's always room to make it engaging and fun.

Provides a deeper understanding

Sometimes, topics can be complicated and extensive! You never want to confuse your learner as this can lead to disengagement and an ineffective learning experience. With online learning, it’s easy to incorporate multimedia into your eLearning projects so your learners have a stimulating and responsive eLearning experience.

Learners can gain a deeper, more extensive understanding of topics through video explanations where pictures, diagrams, graphs, and pictorials are incorporated to help explain complicated topics.

This can help with your learner's skill development and creates a simpler user experience. Also, because it is a digital learning course, learners can always go back and watch the video, as many times as they need to, if they feel they missed or didn't quite understand something.

It’s fun!

Studies show that learners are in a better cognitive position to learn and absorb information when they’re having fun. Using multimedia is a great way to create a fun learning experience for optimal learning. 

A boring learning experience is a forgettable learning experience, and that leads to learners forgetting the information they learnt. Breaking up information into fun chunks of multimedia and text can help learners reflect on their learning, leaving mental bookmarks in the multimedia they learnt their information from or practised their knowledge on.

So next time they have to reflect back on their learning when they’re in the workplace, they’re more likely to remember a piece of information they learnt from a video or game when they were having fun, rather than when they were disengaged reading a big piece of text.

Are you looking to enhance your career by becoming a digital learning professional? Do you want to upskill your L&D staff to know how to develop and design digital learning courses for your employees? MOL offers digital learning design courses so our learners can develop their L&D careers.

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