Learning through interactive multimedia

Most classrooms have replaced the standard overhead projector with interactive SMART boards, iPads, video equipment and kitted out computer suites to aid active learning. Interactive multimedia tools promote active learning from children and are particularly essential in the areas that children struggle with, encouraging them to have a go at solving learning problems themselves and teaching other members of the class when they understand the lesson. Multimedia tools can also be a way for adults to experience challenges and successful outcomes in an engaging online environment. This online training ensures staff are equipped to deal with real work-space issues when they arise in a real life situation.

Interactive multimedia for teachers

Research has found that children learn in different ways; some are visual learners, some learn through audio and some learn by the process of writing down notes. This broad range of learners mean teachers often have a difficult time planning a lesson that will engage a class of 30 children, all with different learning needs. Multimedia solves this problem as educational apps, computer games, SMART boards and interactive software programmes engage all of the senses and are appropriate for all types of learners.

Teachers now can plan engaging lessons that reflect the varied makeup of their class. From film-making classes to maths classes conducted using specialised software where children can draw their own 3D shapes – interactive media puts students at the centre of their own learning.

Interactive multimedia for pupils

Interactive multimedia in classrooms means interactive lessons in which the student is active in their learning. Educational psychologists have found student-centred learning is often more effective in encouraging active student-led learning. Interactive Multimedia also makes bite-size learning possible. ELearning Industry reports that learners are more likely to opt for lessons that incorporate this micro-learning over lengthy lessons. With their attention grabbed students are now free to explore the concepts that interest them most and enjoy learning from one another.

Online

A learning environment need not be restricted to the classroom. ELearning intervention online portals like SAM Learning offer mobile learning to increase attainment in secondary schools and with afterschool homework. Several franchises, such as CBeebies, now offer free learning apps that can be downloaded on IPhone, android and tablets as well as interactive games on their websites. These apps for younger learners tend to feature parental controls for extra security and engage learners by using popular characters to teach children.

Training

Interactive media can also facilitate learning and development for staff in the work place. Many businesses use online portals equipped with interactive online experiences that simulate workplace situations that are likely to arise.

Interactive training games and videos allow staff to practise company procedures in the face of common issues before the issue occurs in the real workplace, so they feel confident when an issue does arise.

What is interactive training?

Interactive training is a method of training employees so they can complete all the tasks they need to as a part of their position. Research shows that adults remember 20 per cent of what they hear, 40 per cent of what they see and hear and 80 per cent of what they see, hear and do. Interactive training takes this diverse way adults learn into account. This engaging method of training is a way of staff digesting information by immersive action that incorporates seeing, doing and hearing training material. For example a training e-learning video for a customer service role: staff look at a video of a customer complaining, they hear a voice-over of the scenario and then they choose the action they would take from a series of options and are therefore actively participating in their learning.

Interactive training videos

Interactive training videos are a useful way of using multimedia to expose your staff to reality-based scenarios. A training video can be a way of testing knowledge gained on other activities on an eLearning platform, such as training quizzes. The visual format of training videos keep your staff simulated and entertaining too so training is an enjoyable process rather than a daunting prospect for employees.

Interactive training websites

Designated training websites or online portals are a great way to train staff. Particularly because websites are relatively easy to update if you wish to add new training modules and sections to your website design if you have a knowledge of HTML and JAVA script. If you are not familiar with coding your website design agency would be able to refresh and add to your website as needed. Another benefit of websites is that they are easily manipulated to fit your goals. For example if your main aim is to provide a space where colleagues can learn from each other you can create a forum function on your website whereas if you aim to monitor process assessments and quizzes can be integrated into your website design.

Interactive training games

Games for learning, similarly to videos, are a way of making the training process more interesting for your staff. The gamification of training in companies helps staff really immerse themselves in learning. These games could be focused on particular skills and how these translate to the workplace environment or could focus on difficult real-life scenarios which the individual needs to resolve during game-play.

Conclusion

Digital game based learning, training videos and interactive media in classrooms facilitate learning for young and old. Not only are learners able to actively engage in their own education and training but they are able to enjoy the process! Interactive media need not be difficult to implement. Businesses can now turn to industry professionals, such as agencies and developers, who have experience in creating educational interactive tools to stimulate learners.

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