With the new features in Lectora Version X.5, you now have 23 new, real-life characters in 15 poses totaling 345 authentic photographs. How will you effectively use them in your eLearning courses and training? These photos, representing individuals with various ethnicities and professions that you can drag and drop into your Lectora titles, add personality and interactivity to your eLearning.
According to The Benefits of Interactive Online Characters, a study by Byron Reeves, online learning featuring characters provides advantages including: an increase in memory, trust and value of the learning information presented.
Use the following five guidelines to engage your learners and maximize their memory, trust and value of your eLearning course:
1. Make your eLearning personal. With eLearning characters, you can provide ways for your learners to interact with “real-life” people and gain one-on-one experience with an instructor – within the online environment. Keep this in mind when choosing characters and creating dialogue.
- The Expert – An expert establishes credibility and offers insights from their own experiences. They seem to know everything and have all of the answers while also motivating throughout the course.
- The Peer – A peer offers someone to relate to, similar to a peer in a classroom setting. Peers should communicate on the same level as the learner and progress alongside your end learners.
The Guide – A guide could be an expert, peer or someone completely neutral that offers tips and information along the way. This type of character shows ways to navigate and understand functionality of the course or training itself, rather than aid in the explanation and retention of information. This character can introduce, conclude and show learners around.
4. Provide interactivity. Your character can greet, guide and provide appropriate information for your learners. Create actions to correspond to multiple activities performed by your learners that provide a different response or emotion, for example, for different types of scenarios. Your characters can pose questions, celebrate a correct answer and more to engage with your learners – the possibilities are endless.
5. Ensure that your characters’ roles are consistent. For example, if your character is an expert that has all of the information, make sure they stick to that role. If your character is a peer, avoid language that may be too high level for your end learners.
In order to create the most effective characters, keep in mind your learning goals and objectives. Different types of content and information prescribe different approaches for your eLearning courses and training. Most importantly, have fun! If you are having fun creating different story lines and scenarios, it will reflect in your final courses and your learners will have fun too.