Interactive learning is pedagogical learning where learners interact with the teacher as well as with each other.
A training course where only the trainer has the floor and the learners only take notes is not interactive. An interactive training differs from a classic training by a more important exchange between facilitator and learner.
The exchange can be characterized by questions that the facilitator and learners will ask, the participation of learners who will want to add something, give their point of view. Learners are said to be part of the course.
Interaction can also take place with equipment and technology.
Who is interactive learning for?
Interactive learning is aimed at schools, universities but also at companies and training organisations that want to train their employees and learners via MOOCs (Massive Online Open Course) or COOCs (Corporate Online Open Course) for example.
Interactive learning can be beneficial for education, higher education and vocational training. Interactive learning stimulates learner engagement
The challenges of interactive learning
Learners are not always motivated to follow a training course and may take it as a burden.
Interactive learning stimulates learner engagement. It therefore enables better learning.
Indeed, if the learner feels involved, his learning will be better. He will follow the course better and it is by participating, by explaining that he will structure his thinking.
Interactive training can involve teamwork. Teamwork can be challenging and is useful, as the learner is likely to work in a team many times over the course of his or her career.
Interactive learning can also be used as an application case. For example, the teacher can create groups for problem solving.
In this way the students find the solution. The facilitator takes on the role of advisor to answer any questions.
Interactive learning therefore offers several advantages: fun lessons, teamwork and concrete results.
LMSs and interactive learning
LMSs, training management platforms, allow you to create and manage your own distance learning modules and, for some of them, your face-to-face sessions, and therefore to offer interactive learning.
Rise Up is an LMS platform called Blended Learning, which combines face-to-face and E-Learning. It therefore allows two types of interactive learning.
The facilitator of the session, whether in a virtual classroom or in the classroom, can propose an interactive course by making the learners interact. He can, for example, ask them questions, ask their opinion or organize a small debate.
In the classroom, the facilitator can create small groups that at some point will present their work. This creates a more motivating learning experience because the learners are involved.
Some virtual classroom software allows these small working groups to be recreated and then returned to the larger group to present their work.
We recreate the conditions of a classroom course but with the possibility, in addition, to create a private chat with one or more people during the course, which is not possible during a face-to-face time!
The interactive whiteboard in the virtual classroom also allows all learners to express themselves in the same space, whereas it is not possible in the classroom to have 30 students at the foot of the whiteboard.
The virtual classroom, despite what one might think at first glance, allows many interactions! The latter are all the more necessary in the virtual classroom, which does not allow physical interaction and emulation of a group in the classroom. Digital learning can thus promote the interactivity of your training.
Learners are also aware of the usefulness of their training which allows them to work in teams, to work on soft skills and also to work on concrete cases.
When the learner is involved and aware of the usefulness of their training, learning is more effective.
So you can offer interactive learning with Rise Up through face-to-face and virtual classroom training sessions, but also with online training as it offers blended learning.
For e-learning courses, although there is no opportunity to speak with other learners, it is possible to communicate and interact with them via the training platform community. This is called social learning.
Rise Up offers the "community space". In the form of a forum, this space allows you to create groups of learners. This way it is possible to group learners from the same course, the same company, the same department or even around the same theme.
This makes it possible to create interaction between learners even though they are far apart.
There is interaction between learners among themselves or with the instructor. But there is also the interaction of the learners with the learning platform.
On Rise Up, it is possible to create interactive training content, with the import of content in multiple formats. Rich media can also be created using the Ubicast tool, which applies social learning to video format.
In addition, it is possible to create interactive quizzes with different types of questions. Dragging and dropping answer elements, putting the elements back in order, pointing the answer to an image or visual are examples of interaction with the material.
In short, interactive learning allows you to involve and stimulate your learners. This applies to face-to-face training, distance learning with an instructor, but also to blended learning.
It is also possible for e-learning courses thanks to collaborative learning, modules/capsules that include interactive media, rich media and interactive quizzes.