In a traditional classroom, there are various methods to get students attention. Teachers could say something unexpected to catch students’ attention or even raise voice to collect eye sights. But this is not the case in eLearning. Attracting students’ attention in online learning is a challenge. There is no direct affection, connection or communication, not to mention lecturers are unable to keep track of students’ concentration. Above which, some students have difficulties in managing their self-studying time also.
However, there is one solution that is effective in both traditional and online classes. It is to improve the teaching content and materials, to make it engaging and attention rewarding.
Include quick quizzes
A quiz is not necessary to be as hard and challenging as an exam. A quiz could be a more interesting way to open or summarize the lessons rather than long and theoretical text. Quizzes encourage people to think and retain more information. Learners love working out the quiz by themselves because it gives the sense of rewarded and motivated. The difficulty levels depends on the learning objectives of the course and the students that the quizzes should be easy or more challenging. The question is how to make quiz fun?
- Gamify the quizzes: Lots of LMS nowadays provide educators with more interactive quizzes. A simple one such as drag-and-drop quiz could make a difference.
- Include images or videos: Visualizing the question by images or videos not only enhances learner’s experiences but also gives them clearer views of the subject.
Tell real-life examples
The best way to get students attention is to answer their question “Why should I learn this?” using analogies. By telling stories that are relevant to real-life problems not only gives student clearer learning objectives and expectation but also emphasizes the importance of learning in their lives. When learners feel themselves in the story, they will be inspired and open. Some type of story-tellings you could include in your courses:
- Inspiring story from successful people
- Personal story of lecturers
- Footage of how things work
Moreover, stories are way better to remember and comprehend than mere soulless texts. People are more likely to listen and take attention to real-life stories.
Focus on important points
Emphasize on important points of the lessons helps learn focus better and improves the learning outcomes. In fact, the average attention span online is just 8 seconds. It’d be better to design a course with short, simple and concise content than a 90-minute endlessly.
- Cut down irrelevant parts: Less is more. Conveying too much information in a single lesson doesn’t improve the learning outcomes. Learners don’t have time to consume all those details anyway. Make it simple and easy to follow, you could always attach additional documents for their interest later.
- Clear outline: Use headings, subheadings, and lists. This easily emphasizes the main points of each topic and breaks down the content to smaller one.
Show engaging videos
A fun break with a short video is the best way to get students attention. A video, in whatever type it is, live-action or animation, is surely more interesting than a full-of-text presentation. With lively sounds, images, and colors, videos could approach students in a new and engaging way. The video is not only fun, but also informative and academic for better learning outcomes. There are 3 mains video types you could include in your course:
- Live-action: An example or inspiring story presents the application of the subject in real-life. This converts students interest and motivation for the lesson, therefore, emphasizes the essentiality of the subject on themselves.
- Animated learning video: Animation could easily explain and simplify all aspects of life in a fun way. Learning should be fun. By giving students humorous lessons with animation, attention comes naturally.
- Self-record: a cheap and effective way to presents the lesson. This also improves the connection between lecturer and students. However, a student could get bored if watching a teacher on screen for too long.
In a nutshell
The key point of these tips to get students attention is boosting their experiences: engage them using multi-media and help them understand the subject short and concise. Combining those tips, you will have better course content as well as a more professional look.