Types of eLearning

E-Learning varies in complexity. Some projects resemble a glorified PowerPoint presentation, and others rival a Disney Pixar production. To determine the level of interactivity required, consider your subject matter, target audience, technology environment, and budget.

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Informative eLearning

E-Learning that is informative takes a linear, passive approach that contains 75%+ text and demands little of the learner:

  • Graphics and images
  • Simple animations
  • Rollovers
  • Basic quiz questions
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Interactive eLearning

E-Learning that is interactive takes a linear, active approach that contains more complex simulations and scenarios:

  • Navigation menus, glossaries, or links to resources
  • Clickable animated graphics, audio or video
  • Scenario-based case studies and examples
  • More elaborate exercises and quizzes
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Immersive eLearning

E-Learning that is immersive takes a non-linear, real-time approach that often involves gaming technology:

  • 3D simulations
  • Custom videos, interactive 3D objects, and digital avatars
  • Simulations involving branching or pathing
  • Case study-based tests and assessments