Make Your LearnDash Course More Interactive With These 6 Strategies
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Make Your LearnDash Course More Interactive With These 6 Strategies

Student-teacher interactions are at the core of every classroom, but how does one translate the power of interactivity into an online course?

In this post, we’ll take a look at different ways you can implement interactive elements into your existing LearnDash courses. Plus, we’ll explore the impact of interactivity in online education and how it can help you retain students and boost engagement.

What is an interactive course?

LearnDash LMS allows you to deliver online courses, but it is up to you as an educator to take advantage of its features and resources in a way that most benefits the learner. 

Having your students passively watch videos without any input or contribution is far from ideal. An online course should never make students feel as if they are simply tuning into Netflix or a similar streaming service. Instead, an engaging online course delivers a learning experience that is as close to a real life classroom as possible.

An interactive course is any online training that allows the student to engage, connect and communicate with your content, instructors, and fellow students. Interactivity can be implemented through elements that enable students to contribute information or actions while receiving feedback or a response. Basically, anything that gets your students to participate in your course rather than just click through the lessons promotes interactivity.

Why is interactivity key to a successful LearnDash course?

Students enrolled in online courses deal with obstacles imposed by distance, lack of personal interaction and communication barriers. Interactive elements help mitigate those challenges, providing your learner with greater security and a better learning experience. As a result, students will be more likely to complete courses and obtain greater benefits from available resources and community.

Here are some of the benefits that may arise from offering an interactive LearnDash course:

  • Students will take ownership over their education, as they are responsible for participating in activities and communicating with peers.
  • Courses will be more fun to complete, as students can actively engage with the content.
  • Enhances communication between students, the course content and educators.
  • Students can receive feedback on their performance, which helps them take the right actions to make improvements.

How To Create an Interactive LearnDash Course?

You can easily improve your LearnDash courses by adding any elements that make it possible for students to interact with: 

1) content 

2) instructors

3) other students

Here are some strategies you can try to instantly increase interactivity in your online courses.

Drip Content 

Rather than mindlessly skipping through lessons, dripping content forces your students to keep an eye on upcoming lessons and adhere to a schedule. When paired with a communication system such as notifications to inform students about upcoming coursework, a content drip is a simple yet effective way to get your students to interact more frequently with your site.

Using the LearnDash Course Planner Pro add-on, you can easily set up a content drip for your LearnDash course. This add-on allows you to schedule when your courses, lessons, topics and quizzes will become available to your students. You can also implement interactivity through messages and a calendar widget that inform your students about their upcoming course schedule.

Quizzes 

Adding quizzes to your courses is a simple way to get your students to interact with your content. The more diverse your evaluations are, the more effective they’ll be at encouraging student interaction.

LearnDash includes many quiz options to help you build quizzes right out of the box. However, if you want to make your quizzes more engaging, interesting and effective, you can add additional features using the LearnDash Advanced Quizzes add-on.

This add-on gives you access to more interactive questions types, including:

  • Jumbled Sentence: Students complete a sentence by selecting the correct term from a drop-down menu.
  • Swipe: In this question type, students swipe right to indicate an option is correct.
  • Calculated Formula: This question type allows you to include math problems where students must solve for a variable by completing a formula.

Goal Setting 

A great way to get students to personally engage with a course is by enabling them to set individualized goals they can work towards. This way students determine what they want to accomplish, keep track of their own progress, and cultivate a personal sense of achievement.

You can easily implement goal setting features to your online course using the LearnDash Goals add-on