ENGAGING ACTIVITIES IN INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

Instructional strategies have always been serving the eLearning industry in the most helpful way by giving solutions in the lines from eLearning training program, courses content and modules’ design and development to even their execution and presentation. Instructional strategies manage to accommodate almost all the aspects of online education and training program design, development and presentation. One of the best tools provided by instructional strategies is incorporating intriguing activities in eLearning and training content, which helps in increasing audience engagement as well as excitement.

In this article, we will get to know about all the perks that activities offer when included in any educational program or course and how should these activities be involved in any eLearning course or programs content, also how it should be delivered or presented.

An activity is a training event in which learners or students or trainees get involved and participate to work towards earning an objective. Practice, activities, tests and assessment, are all the most critical elements of eLearning content design and development and contribute towards putting forward an effective training and learning program.

If instructional strategies include activities, then they must have an instructional purpose too. The activities should be directly related to the main motto or objective. In this way, activities serve us as the vehicles that take us towards the desired goal. But that being said, it does not mean that one should just pile up activities in the whole eLearning course, and just leave out all the rest like the textual as well as visual content. Activities should create meaning, and hence should be used in a smart way. Whatever you do and you make your audience do, always keep in mind that the sole purpose of the whole venture is to acquire the desired objective.

There is a famous saying that goes like this- “Practice makes you perfect”. What I have realised in my life till date is that this saying should have been like this- “Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent”. We get to learn things the way we practice them.  If we practice something in an accurate manner, then we stand a chance to get to the “perfect” spot, only if we do it in the right way for sure.  And if we keep on practicing the same, it becomes permanent in our brain.

You must be wondering what has all this got to do with the main topic of today, that is, Activities in Instructional Strategies. The answer is simple; activities are the means or the vehicles that take us to the desired objective. And if these activities are practiced on a regular basis, it becomes easier for the learners to grasp and understand what they are being taught. Also, it on its own gives the advantage of making it permanent in the memories of the trainees, student, learners or the audience as a whole.

There are numerous practice and assessment training and learning activities from which to choose. Mentioned below are some of them:

  • Gamification
  • Computer simulations
  • Podcasts
  • Giving opportunities of practical experiences like internship or job-shadowing
  • Case studies
  • Blogs
  • Webinars
  • Mobile apps
  • Audio as we as video clips
  • Reading and writing activities
  • Online bulletin boards
  • Online short tests
  • Story guides
  • Role playing ( in Synchronous eLearning)

These are some of the many activities that can be included in your usual eLearning and training program instructional strategies to take it to another level.

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