Designing for interactivity
Interaction brings your content to life; it maximises engagement, retention and transfer; and it requires skilful design. And that’s where you come in
What have we got here?
Designing for interactivity is a self-paced, online course that you can start, finish or just dip into at any time. It's one of a growing catalogue of Skills Journey courses for learning professionals. You can buy this course on its own or subscribe to the whole catalogue.
Is this course right for me?
The course is aimed at digital content designers who want to create content enriched with meaningful, challenging interactivity.
What will I learn?
This course will enable you to:
- make the case for meaningful and challenging interactivity in digital learning content;
- recognise opportunities for using interactions in a number of different circumstances – diagnostic assessment, formative assessment, spaced practice, summative assessment;
- choose appropriate question formats for interactions that address different types of knowledge (facts, concepts, principles, processes, rules, procedures, structures);
- write questions for which the answers are not obvious to the learner;
- write questions that are not confusing for the learner;
- provide the appropriate level of feedback depending on the purpose of the interaction;
- take steps to ensure the validity and reliability of assessments.
How long will it take?
Well, it all depends.
- If you’re curious about something or you need to know urgently how to carry out a task, you could get in, get what you want and get out again in less than 10 minutes.
- If what you need is a quick appreciation of the subject matter covered by the course, you could watch all the lesson videos in an hour, give or take. You’d be better off spreading this over a few days, but if an hour is all you’ve got, then go ahead and binge.
- Our courses are roughly equivalent in scope to a one or two day classroom event. If you were to spend a whole day on one of our courses, perhaps spread over a week or two, you’d be able to complete all the activities and begin applying your new skills to your work.
How does it all work?
The course is comprised of seven lessons, each of which includes a short video as well as an optional activity which will help you to build your skills and confidence. We also provide you with a range of valuable resources that you can use for on-going reference, and opportunities to engage with others taking the module.
If you want, you can complete an optional assignment to help you put what you have learned into practice and demonstrate your skills to others.
This resource has been designed, developed and presented by the Skills Journey team, drawing upon decades of experience working with learning and development professionals across the world.
Lessons in this Course
StartGetting started (3:16)
StartForms of interactivity (10:02)
StartTypes of knowledge (11:30)
StartChoosing the right interaction for the job (15:36)
StartWriting better questions (7:38)
StartProviding helpful feedback (11:12)
StartWhen and how to use quizzes (12:53)
StartPutting your learning into practice