Tips on Learner Engagement

Our April User Community Meeting focused on learner engagement. As you know, engagement is an important element when designing an activity, as it impacts completion rates and can improve data collection. During this meeting, we took a look at some engagement reports and hypothesized why learners might have dropped off at a certain point. Then, we took a look at some strategies to help avoid drop-off:

  1. Incorporate Variety – The idea of variety in activities is two-fold. First, when designing the course structure, it is important to utilize several different types of components, including interactive exercises. Second, when developing your course content, it is important to incorporate different content assets, including text, video clips, faculty commentary, graphics, etc.
  2. Exercises – As mentioned in the previous strategy, interactive exercises are a key way to keep learners actively involved in an activity. From multiple choice questions, prioritization and matching exercises, there are several options to choose from in the RealCME authoring environment.
  3. Peer Benchmarking – Authors also have the option to provide the learner with a review after each question or exercise. The Question/Exercise (Q/E) review page allows learners to see the correct answer, if there is one, and the answer rationale. Authors also have the option to show the response distribution on this page, which allows learners to benchmark their performance against their peers.
  4. Faculty Tone – It is important to reference the course leader in the introduction and throughout the activity. Remind the learner that a respected peer will be leading them through the content to keep them captivated.

Engagement is a challenging component of activity development, and at RealCME we take a holistic approach to it. These are just a few of many strategies you can utilize to help engage your learners.

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