10 awesome elearning examples with ideas to better engage your audience this year

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from supporting customers with hundreds of elearning projects, 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 2019.

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1. Storytelling example

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 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. Adaptive assessment example

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 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.

showing how an upfront quiz can be used as an elearning example

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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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3. Reflective learning example

Often, the learning experiences that resonate the most are the ones that challenge us, making us stop and think. These experiences are less about teaching or telling and more about guiding 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 learning as an ealearning example

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A great learning 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. Example of short chunks of content

Looking for an alternative to long, linear elearning modules? Try breaking your content down into short chunks and hosting those chunks on a central elearning menu.

Not only will it feel more manageable for learners, but giving them control over the path they take through the chunks makes 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.

Showing short chunks of content as an elearning example

See this microlearning example.

A great learning approach for:

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


5. Web-style elearning example

Many modern learners have high expectations of digital experiences. They’re used to smooth web and app browsing; if you want your elearning to complete it needs to be web-style as well.

This example shows how learning content can be structured on a scrolling page, broken up into clear sections to aid navigation.

web styles as an elearning example

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A great learning approach for:

  • Tech-savvy audiences who frequently use mobile devices.
  • Browsable content that doesn’t need to be locked down.


6. Example of a branching scenario

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 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.


7. Example of performance support

Learning shouldn’t be separated from the day job. Short, snappy performance support resources designed to be used ‘on the job’ 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 as an 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. Infographic example

Not all digital learning experiences need to be interactive. A well-designed, informative infographic can communicate core messages very effectively.

Designing a blended learning programme or a learning campaign? Infographics like the example below can play a particularly good role as part of these blends – either to grab learners’ attention or summarise key points at the end.

A well designed infographic can be a great elearning example

Take a look at the modern learner infographic.

A great learning approach for:

  • Audiences that don’t have much time and/or are bored of ‘traditional’ elearning.
  • Content that can be visualized. Think processes or new initiatives.


9. Example using social comparison

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.

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. Video-driven story example

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

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 scenarios as an elearning example

See this video-based elearning example. 

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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