Engaging Learning

This article was originally published on the Learning Plan blog and is posted here with permission from the author.

What can we learn from the learning experts? Who are the learning experts? We think we found one . . .

We recently found ourselves watching a university lecture from Stanford University about Human Behavioral Biology (see the lecture below) delivered by the esteemed professor Robert Sapolsky.

He introduces the lecture with a scenario, literally in the first 10 seconds of the lecture. No talk of learning outcomes, no talk of what the lecture was about. All of this information would have been available to the students before they walked in the class. They knew why they were there and how long they were going to be there for. No taking up learning time with information that would, and should have been readily available to the students before they walked in.

He then seeks to get some ideas about the beliefs of the students, their existing experiences and how those experiences could influence how the students will continue to consume the information in the lecture.

After this, he then presents another scenario to the students, presented as a question, “what do these four things have in common?”. So the first six minutes of a sixty minute lecture is about interaction with the students, not delivering information. He is getting the students engaged immediately, getting them to think, to question and analyze.

All too often we design our learning as simply the dissemination of information, the broadcast of a message without feedback or contribution from the audience. We may sprinkle “interactivity” throughout the learning experience to keep the learner “engaged”. By “interactivity” we usually mean “click-to-reveal” such as “click each heading to reveal”. This isn’t interactivity. This is getting the learner to work for the information. There is no purpose or learning outcome apart from the revealing of information that could have quite easily been presented without the need for the learner to “work” for the information.

Tim Slade articulates this in his video about Instructional Design at the 60 second mark he talks about “clicking doesn’t always create meaningful interactivity”.
“There is a difference between interactivity that is passive vs interactivity that forces the learner to use critical thinking to make a decision.”

So in summary, meaningful and purposeful learning design should consider the following;

  • Give students information about learning outcomes, learning content and duration of learning before they dive into the learning. This can all be done in the learning platform and via communication sent to the audience beforehand.
  • Engage the learner immediately to use critical thinking to make a decision
  • Don’t, REPEAT, Don’t include passive interactivity to create so called engagement. These types of interactions have had their day and don’t provide any value to the learning. If anything, these interactions are frustrating as the learner has to click just to reveal information that could have easily been displayed without the learner needing to work for it
  • Continue to challenge the learner throughout the learning experience
  • If the learning experience simply becomes a dissemination exercise maybe it’s not meant to be a learning experience

Learning has evolved, our audience have evolved. Our learning design needs to evolve.

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Custom Fonts in Learning Interactions

Hello! Is it possible to use custom fonts in Learning Interactions for publishing into HTML5? I used javascript to load the fonts into the rest of my presentation, but it did not affect the accordion Learning Interaction on one of my slides. Just curious if this is possible or if I must stick to web-safe fonts for that interaction. Thanks!

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Integrate AEM Sites and Adobe Captivate Prime for a Custom Learning Experience


  1. You are a medium to large size organization and want more than the native customization features offered by Prime,
  2. You wish to offer a brand-new learning experience to an audience that includes your customers and/or partners, where your brand persona really shines through the entire experience,
  3. Your learners are already aggregated onto your AEM portal and it does not make sense to now redirect your learners to a new LMS,
  4. Your existing AEM site offers your learners a combination of resources from Learning and Marketing,and you now want to take the LMS to your learners,

…then this document is for you.

Take customization to another level and offer your learners a wholly bespoke experience outside the native LMS. Adobe Captivate Prime is perhaps the ONLY System in the market that allows you to do that. If you already use AEM Sites for your organization’s digital content and property, read the accompanying document to learn about the benefits when you integrate it with the Prime experience.

Integrate AEM Sites with Captivate Prime for a custom learning experience

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A button animated with javascript. (EASY!).



In this blog, I’m going to give you the snippet of javascript code which you will just copy, paste, and, voilà, it’s ready to use. The intention is to show this functionality to all of those who don’t want to learn javascript but want to try how it works and maybe just use it in their project. In most cases copying javascript code without understanding it is not the best idea, because of safety and functionality. But this code snippet is simple and innocent. I promise. Those of you who know some javascript will know how to modify this chunk of code. But this is not necessary. You can use it “as it is”.

First, you can play with my demo to see what kind of effect I’m talking about. Javascript operates the red cross swirl. The rest is done by the Captivate’s advanced action.


So we want to create a cross which we want to use, let’s say, as a button to hide an element in our project. We want to add a little “motion gadget”. When the user hovers over the cross it will turn around.

1. Create a cross and name it. The name is the crosse’s Id. But it’s just terminology. You don’t have to worry about that.

2. Copy the code below:

document.getElementById(“cross_1“).addEventListener(“mouseover”, MF222);
function MF222()
var h = document.getElementById(“cross_1c”)
var options = {
iterations: 1,
direction: ‘normal’,
duration: 700,
fill: ‘both’,
easing: ‘ease-in-out’,

var keyframes = [
{ transform: ‘ rotate(0deg)’ },

{ transform: ‘ rotate(360deg)’ }


h.animate(keyframes, options );

3. Go to “properties’ tab -> actions-> on enter, and from the drop-down menu choose “execute javascript”. Then press Script_Window.

This is the place where you paste the code.

4. Now just make two small changes. Exchange the elements that I put in bold (cross_1). So, for example,  if you named your cross “cr1”, instead of  “cross_1” you put “cr1”. Now two important things. Inverted commas must remain unchanged and in this line –  var h = document.getElementById(“cross_1c”) –  letter ‘c’ must remain in place. So to put it in a nutshell, exchange only the elements which are in bold. All other elements must remain untouched.

5. Now click the “OK” button and everything is ready.


  • I only animated the cross with javascript. The rest is done by an advanced action attached to the cross. If you are interested, the accordion is below:

  • You can animate any objects this way. Not necessarily a cross .
  • If you want to use the same code for many slides, it won’t work. You would have to exchange the name of functions and variables.
  • Don’t copy and paste elements with JS code attached. Captivate will throw out an error and closes down. All unsaved elements will be gone. I’m not sure if it always happens, but I guess pretty often.

Thank you for reading this blog!

Take care and stay healthy!

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Custom Multiple Choice Quiz Questions Made with Shared Actions

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Completely Customize Your Learning Experience with Adobe Captivate Prime

The “headless” avatar of Adobe Captivate Prime is extremely useful when your business portal includes but is not limited to a training vertical. An organization that offers diverse platforms and data sites, that wishes to integrate training within a larger platform, is one that can fully optimize the various functionalities of a “headless” LMS. The embedded fluidic player along with APIs that call information from the engine that is Adobe Captivate Prime, are the key differentiators that set this LMS apart.

Click on the link blow to download the business document!

Complete Customization of Your LMS – Doc B

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Benefits Of Personalized eLearning – Featuring A Case Study For Instructional Designers

The Impact And Benefits Of Personalized eLearning

Personalized eLearning is customization of eLearning so that it can meet the specific needs of learners.

While the concept of personalization of learning is not new and has been in existence since the 1960s, its adaptation for online training or eLearning is a recent phenomenon. The concept continues to evolve and there is no single definition that is widely accepted. I feel that the United States National Education Technology Plan 2017 defines personalized learning effectively:

Personalized learning refers to instruction in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimized for the needs of each learner. Learning objectives, instructional approaches, and instructional content (and its sequencing) may all vary based on learner needs.In addition, learning activities are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated.”

What Are The Techniques That Can Be Used To Create Personalized eLearning?

Personalization of eLearning is typically done in the following ways:

  1. You could begin the eLearning course by personalization through an avatar-based selection. This could then be followed by customized elements, like themes, fonts, backgrounds, and so on.
  2. Another way to offer customized eLearning is through customization of the format of content deliveryto suit varied learning styles. For instance, options to use audio/video, or otherwise, bring in changes in the degree of interactions, and so on.
  3. The highest degree of customization is at the learning path level that is personalized for each learner through pre-assessments or surveys. For instance,
    • A pre-assessment can help us understand the baseline proficiency, and the learner can be given a personalized learning track that corresponds to the competency gaps.
    • Alternatively, we can use a survey to assess where the learners’ interests lie and then offer a personalized set of recommendations on how to “consume” this module (that is, which parts could be skipped and which should be taken with special attention).

What Are The Approaches That Can Effectively Personalize eLearning?

As I have highlighted, personalized eLearning can be crafted through a variety of measures that can help us customize the learning experience for each learner.

The 2 approaches that are useful in creating an effective personalization are:

Approach 1

Adaptive learning: This approach uses techniques like pre-assessment to offer customized feedback and a specific path to each learner. The advantage of this approach is its ability to match the varied learning proficiencies of learners to the most relevant learning path.

Today, microlearning techniques can be used to provide tremendous granularity to break down the primary eLearning course and offer highly customized or personalized learning paths.

Approach 2

Control to the learner: In this approach, rather than taking control through a pre-assessment, we empower the learner to create their own customized learning path (based on their interests and their own assessment of their proficiency). This approach is increasingly gaining popularity on account of its learner-centricity.

We can integrate checks and balances through assessments to redirect the learners, so that while they get the flexibility, they do not skip the sections they may not be good at.

What Are The Benefits Of Personalized eLearning For The Learners And The Organization?

Instead of a “one size fits all” approach, personalized eLearning uses various approaches to engage the learner more meaningfully, and helps them set and achieve their specific learning goals.

This is not all; personalized eLearning also enables learners to set their own learning paths and gain exactly what they need.

Learners’ perspective: As I have highlighted, personalized eLearning empowers the learners and offers them control through the following measures that allow them to:

  1. Set their own goals.
  2. Set manageable milestones.
  3. Select their own learning path.
  4. Select the device they wish to learn on.
  5. Learn at their own pace.
  6. Select the kind of interaction levels they feel is relevant for them.
  7. Get personalized feedback and use it to assess their progress.
  8. Use the offered recommendations to enrich the learning path.

Organizational perspective: Personalized eLearning provides the following key benefits:

  1. You can use the personalized eLearning approach to promote a culture of learning as a continuum.
  2. You will see better learner commitment and higher completion rates.

What Are The Approaches To Offer Personalized Learning?

At EI Design, over the last two years, we have been adding approaches that focus on crafting learning designs to offer control to learners. Essentially, we want to create learning experiences wherein learners can “pull” what they want rather than be “pushed” into a prescriptive learning journey. The personalization of eLearning is a significant part of this practice.

We have created various approaches to offer personalized eLearning, which map to 4 levels, ranging from simple personalization techniques, including Avatar selection, custom themes, and so on, to highly customized learning paths that offer learners the control to choose the learning interactions that match their interest and learning styles.

Let me share a case study that uses several of these personalization techniques in a training course intended for newly joined Instructional Designers in our team.

  • With personalization, we are now able to scale the usage of our existing training courses to ongoing learning (learning as a continuum).
  • For the learners, personalization provides them the required control to decide on the most effective approach to learn and come back for enrichment.

Case Study

Here’s a short video that showcases a case study on using personalization techniques in a corporate training course to double the impact of learning.

Additionally, I am sharing the highlights of our approach to personalize eLearning.

Before – The Traditional eLearning Approach

Designed to induct and onboard newly joined Instructional Designers into our team at EI Design, we had created a suite of 15 courses. Although, our audience comprised team members with different profiles, the approach mandated that all Instructional Designers needed to go through all the courses. Goes without saying, the approach used the classical “push” model to train rather than enabling the learners to “pull” what they need.

ProductLine - Instructional Design Courses List - EI Design

After – The Personalized eLearning Approach

Using the personalized eLearning approach, we give the control to the learners (new Instructional Designers onboarding with us) who can now craft their own learning path, based on their proficiency.

Personalized eLearning - Instructional Design Courses 2

Highlights Of The Personalized eLearning Approach

  • Create learner-centered goals and objectives.
  • Assess online learners to identify knowledge gaps.
  • Offer timely, personalized eLearning feedback.
  • Provide constant online support.

Features Of The Personalized eLearning Approach At A Glance

  1. Avatar selection/Role selection.
  2. Pre-assessment on topics covered.
  3. Range of educational pathways.
  4. Personalized recommendations/feedback.
  5. Re-directs learners for remediation and for good performance.
  6. Provides resources for further exploration of knowledge.
  7. Learners are informed and empowered.
  8. Assessments are related to meaningful tasks.
  9. Reduces the achievement gap.
  10. Enhanced interaction between individual learners and individual teachers.
  11. Facilitates the “community of learning” approach.
  12. Instead of incorporating a linear navigation map, it offers online learners a clickable guide that features diverse eLearning activities and multimedia.

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The Impact

Learners’ perspective: They are fully empowered to design their own personal learning path that works best for them.

Organizational perspective: We can validate their current proficiency and provide support (remediation) as well as personalized feedback. Additional learning resources equip the learners to match the proficiency level that our organization requires. The approach also fosters a strong collaboration (between the peers and with senior managers).

Gains of the personalized eLearning approach for the learners: 

  • Let online learners choose their own eLearning activities and multimedia.
  • Set manageable milestones.
  • Incorporate online resource libraries for asynchronous eLearning.


Source: https://www.eidesign.net/benefits-of-personalized-elearning-featuring-case-study-for-instructional-designers/