10 awesome elearning examples to inspire you 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. We’ve rounded up 10 awesome elearning examples here – each perfect for different goals and audiences – to give you fresh ideas for how to engage your audience in 2020.

10 awesome elearning examples 2020

This post was updated on 2nd January 2020 to reflect the latest and greatest online learning examples from the past year.

1. Tell them a story

Storytelling is a tried and tested learning approach. Why? For the simple reason that stories are much more interesting than facts. Adding people, emotion and drama to your content can lift even the driest of material and make it engaging.

Remember that stories can be told through many different mediums. High-impact video drama can certainly pack a punch, but, as this example shows, compelling words, visuals and a sprinkling of sound effects can be equally as engaging. Get our top 5 storytelling tips here.

Storytelling example:

Storytelling as an elearning example

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An effective learning approach for:

  • Audiences who have the time and literacy levels to engage with the written word.
  • Content where you can find a moral, emotion or humor to hook your story on. Think ethics or compliance dilemmas, leadership skills, soft skills.

 

2. 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

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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.

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3. Reflect on learning

Often, the learning experiences that resonate the most are the ones that challenge us, that make us stop and think. These experiences are less about teaching or telling – they guide learners to reach their own conclusions.

This example (created in collaboration with the Open University), uses reflective, personal questions to engage the audience with detailed historical and political content.

Reflective elearning example:

Reflective learning as an ealearning example

Reflect on this elearning example

A great approach for:

  • Audiences with preconceptions you’d like to challenge.
  • Content that has grey areas and room for different opinions. Think leadership skills, change management, or complex concepts.

 

4. Make learning digestible with bitesize content

Looking for an alternative to long, linear elearning modules? Try breaking your content down into short chunks and hosting them on a central elearning menu.The Elucidat Learning Launchpad provides the perfect portal to create multiple learner paths.

Not only will this bitesize content feel more manageable for learners, but giving them control over the path they take will make it a more adult learning experience as well. The more you respect your learners and their choices, the more engaged they’re likely to be.

Microlearning example:

Showing short chunks of content as an elearning example

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A great learning approach for:

  • Adult learners; they can decide which information they need when.
  • Large subject areas with distinct sections within them. Think product training, methodologies, new skills.

Check out 5 more microlearning examples.

 

5. Assess, adapt, achieve

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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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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6. 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 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.

7. ‘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:

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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.

 

8. Creating a debate with live data 

By using audio snippets and polling questions updated with live data, this activity from the Open University simulates a live debate. By presenting both sides of the argument, it effectively addresses all aspects of ethics training in a balanced and fair way and allows a learner to react in their own way.

Example of an interactive digital experience:

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A great learning approach for:

  • Audiences that may be bored of, or not engaging with, ‘traditional’ elearning.
  • Topics with ‘grey areas’ or contrasting views

 

9. 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

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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’.

 

10. Create drama with a video-driven story

If budget and time allow, video dramas are an undeniably powerful way of engaging and immersing learners. The high-impact nature grabs learners’ attention, but a powerful storyline is needed to retain it.

This example shows how well-placed digital interactions can increase the impact of the learning points made in the video and encourage learners to apply their knowledge.

Video-based elearning example:

Video scenarios as an elearning example

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A great learning approach for:

  • Audiences that want to be ‘wowed’, or have high expectations of digital experiences
  • Content areas that can be brought to life with characters and stories. Think broadly; this example shows how even learning on a legal document can be brought to life through video stories.

 

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