10 awesome elearning examples to inspire you in 2020

We’ve rounded up 10 awesome elearning examples – each perfect for different goals and audiences – to give you fresh ideas for how to engage your audience in 2020. We support hundreds of elearning projects across all of our customers. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that each one is unique. Every course developed has a specific goal and audience that determines the design approach. Get inspired!

10 awesome elearning examples 2020

This post was updated in August 2020 to reflect the latest and greatest online learning examples from the past year.

To get those creative juices going we’ve included a range of elearning examples:

  • Branching
  • Scenario-based learning at scale
  • Adaptive assessments
  • Gamified scenarios
  • Microlearning
  • Question pools

And much more!

10 awesome elearning examples to get you inspired

1. Question pools

Assessments are often critical, especially where compliance is concerned. But how do you make sure they test your learners thoroughly enough? And how do you reduce the likelihood of sharing answers? Question pools are a great solution to this.

In this compliance test, question pools are used to create a robust assessment. Question pools mean that when a learner retakes the test, they’re unlikely to see the same questions again. This helps ensure learners truly understand the content – they won’t be able to simply choose a different answer on a second attempt. It also makes it harder for learners to share answers as it is unlikely their colleagues will have been posed the same set of questions.

Example of question pools:

lab assessment elearning example question pools

Giftable |See this compliance test with question pools example

A great learning approach for:

  • Business critical content that needs to be tested, such as compliance rules and regulations
  • Audiences who need to prove a thorough understanding of a subject before starting a particular task

Looking for more inspiration and tips on regulatory training? Check out these engaging compliance training examples.

2. Gamified scenario

Creating a sense of play in your elearning is great for engagement – and easy to achieve through gamification. High pressure scenarios like the sales simulation below are the perfect partner for game-like approaches.

You can appeal to the learner’s competitive spirit by rewarding good decisions with points, as well as upping the pressure with a timer. Learners are incentivized to apply their skills correctly, making the content more likely to stick in the learner’s mind when handling a real situation.

Gamified scenario example:

gamified scenario elearning example

Giftable |See this gamified scenario example

A great learning approach for:

  • Learners who are motivated by competition
  • Content that involves high pressure scenarios – gamification is great for replicating this sense of pressure – or less serious topics that you can have a bit of fun with

3. Quick onboarding

New starters have a lot to take in those first few days in their role, but you can ease the learning curve by providing quick, focussed overviews. Single scrolling pages are great for upskilling learners on key tasks quickly – they can easily refer back to the content on their phones.

In this example practical tasks are broken down into clear, simple steps, with video demonstrations and checklists providing further support. In-page navigation makes it easy for learners to complete each section of the page.

Quick onboarding example:

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See this quick onboarding example 

A great learning approach for:

  • New hires or contractors who need to get up to speed with tasks and equipment quickly
  • Short, focussed processes with practical steps to follow

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This example was created using one of our Learning Accelerator blueprints – you can use this template yourself to quickly build your onboarding training! This blueprint is free and available to all Elucidat customers (and free trial users).

4. Dive into the detail of a process

Processes can’t always be covered in a quick overview. Sometimes you’ve got to dive into the detail – and that’s where a clear menu structure becomes crucial. Breaking the details of a process down into manageable chunks means learners can walk through the steps one at a time.

In the example below you can see how adding scenarios to this structure helps learners to practice and embed the learning, getting them up to speed quickly.

In-depth process example:

in depth process elearning example

See this in-depth process example 

A great learning approach for:

  • Processes that require detailed explanation, visual descriptions or have multiple steps
  • Audiences that need to know a process inside out

Use this blueprint for free!

blueprint iconThis example was created using a Learning Accelerator blueprint. If you’re looking to build an in-depth process module this template is for you. This blueprint is free and available to all Elucidat customers (and free trial users).

 

5. Microlearning elearning example for skill development

When your employees are developing their skills, theory isn’t enough. To improve, learners need to reflect on their current skill level, understand the practical steps they need to put into action, and commit to practicing on the job. This example on how to manage remote teams shows how elearning can support this process of skill development.

After kicking off with an attention grabbing statistic about remote teams, 5 top tips are presented. Crucially, learners don’t just read the tips; they are encouraged to reflect on which ones they want to implement in their teams. At the end of the elearning, each learner creates their own action plan, committing to put their new knowledge into action.

Skill development example:

skills development elearning example

See this microlearning for performance improvement example

A great learning approach for:

  • Managers or confident employees who want to take ownership of how they develop their skills
  • Skills-based training where there’s not just one ‘right way’ of doing things

Use this blueprint for free!

blueprint iconThis example was created using one of our Learning Accelerator blueprints – meaning you can use this template yourself to quickly build your skill development training!  This blueprint is free and available to all Elucidat customers (and free trial users).

 

6. Scenario-based learning at scale

When working with a high volume of learners, small tweaks can make all the difference. By giving learners a range of choices to explore, this investigative scenario feels more relevant and personal to each individual. By allowing them to ‘work’ a case and draw their own conclusions they are drawn through the story and have autonomy in how they approach their learning.

Scenario-based elearning example:

scenario based elearning example

Giftable!  | See this scale-friendly elearning example

A great learning approach for:

  • Large organizations with multiple or diverse audiences in different environments
  • Addressing nuanced topics where learners need to see several viewpoints. Think ethics training, discrimination or health and safety.

See more scenario-based elearning examples.

5. Pre-assessment

We’re all familiar with assessments at the end of elearning modules to test understanding, but have you tried an assessment at the start to determine who needs to learn what?

This example shows how an upfront quiz can be used to show and hide relevant follow-up content based on the questions that a user passes or fails. Adaptive content like this is win-win for you and your audience. You can reduce overall seat time while retaining confidence that everyone sees the learning content they need, and your users won’t have their time wasted on content they already know.

Example of an adaptive assessment:

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Giftable!  | See this adaptive assessment example. 

A great learning approach for:

  • Broad audience groups with a wide range of prior knowledge.
  • Content that needs to be tested or revised regularly. Think compliance, policies, procedures.

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8. Branching – Choose your own adventure 

Putting learners in the driving seat is a great way of increasing their engagement with a digital learning experience. ‘Choose your own adventure’ style scenarios like the example below immerse users in a story and allow them to make decisions that control the outcome. This approach allows users to learn through experiencing consequences rather than being informed of them.

This video-based elearning example shows powerful video scenarios interspersed with decision points and the ability to see the impact of your decisions. Remember that audio or text-based scenarios would work just as well.

Branching video example:

branching scenarios as an elearning example

See this branching video scenario example from the Open University.

A great learning approach for:

  • Audiences that respond well to experiential, active participation.
  • Content with real-life decisions and impact. Think soft skills and ethical dilemmas.

Check out more brilliant branching elearning examples.

9. ‘On-the-job’ elearning example for fast-paced environments

Learning shouldn’t be separated from the day job. Short, snappy performance support resources designed to be used while working can keep the learning alive. They often go down well with learners too, as they’re designed to be succinct and useful above all else.

This example shows how a quick digital resource could be used for just-in-time support for sales advisors working on a shop floor.

Performance support elearning example:

on the job elearning example

 Giftable!  | See this mobile-friendly performance example.

A great learning approach for:

  • Audiences that have a lot to remember and are likely to need reminders. Audiences that respond well to learning ‘in the moment’.
  • Theoretical content that needs to be made practical; think new procedures or change management. Or factual content that learners might need refreshers on; think product or systems training.

10. Comparing opinions

Adding an element of social sharing and comparison to a learning experience appeals to the natural curiosity in all of us. Social polls are an effective way of sharing users’ responses with each other in an impactful – yet anonymous – way.

This example shows social polls that compare the audience’s opinions as a way of showing the grey areas in a subject. Social polls also make great attention grabbers at the start of a module or an effective way of making a quiz competitive by sharing correct and incorrect stats after each question.

Live social polling in elearning example:

Social polls are a great elearning example

 Giftable!  | See this elearning example.

A great learning approach for:

  • Audience groups that you’re trying to unite and get to know each other better, or competitive audiences that would enjoy seeing how they compare with others.
  • Content with grey areas and no ‘right or wrong’.

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Need a bit more help deciding on the best practice approach for your specific audience and goals? Our experienced Learning Consultants can help. Download a list of our services here or get in touch to discuss your project.

If you’re looking for some more resources to help you plan and execute your next project, check out our free elearning templates. Here a list of our top three to start with.  

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And if you are still deciding on the best tool for your team be sure go check out our comparison blog of most popular elearning authoring tools. 

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