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Best of 2017: 10 Awesome Elearning Examples to Inspire Your Next Project

We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite elearning examples from 2017 and picked out some key features and themes to inspire your projects over the next 12 months. From low-cost audio and simple infographics to immersive scenarios, adaptive content and social polling: there’s bound to be something in this list that whets your appetite to do something a bit different next year.

top 10 elearning examples

1. A fresh take on compliance training

Compliance training and engagement don’t always go together, but this piece on social media in the workplace gets it right. The look and feel is different from most other compliance offerings, making the content engaging and easy to digest.

compliance training

Why we like it:

  • Combines a range of page and interaction types to engage and challenge the user – despite being almost entirely text-based
  • Allows the user to test out different responses in concise but realistic scenarios
  • Backs up the advice with real-life case studies, including the consequences of poor decisions
  • Is intuitive to use, flexible, and easy to move through in chunks thanks to the web-based responsive design

Visit the Social Media module.

2. Pocket-based performance support

Performance support can add real value in sales and retail by keeping employees up-to-date with changing product ranges without taking them out of the workplace for long periods. This example illustrates how a well-designed, responsive resource can put practical performance support literally in the palm of a salesperson’s hand.

performance support

Why we like it:

  • Is pared right back to only the practical content the user needs to do their job
  • Uses images and formatting to highlight key information at glance
  • Has a clear structure so it’s easy to dip in and out at the point of need
  • Offers true on-the-job reference support as well as just-in-case learning
  • Works seamlessly across devices (crucial for real-time performance support)

Take a look at the ‘Arthur’ Brogue sales resource.

3. Style and substance in a scrolling infographic

This infographic on time wasting combines thoughtful design with well-selected content, and shows that elearning doesn’t always need interaction. It’s a great primer on the topic: the user might not retain every fact and figure, but two minutes exploring this scrolling page will leave them newly engaged in the topic and aware of the other resources available.

infographic

Why we like it:

  • Combines style (responsive design, scrolling navigation) with substance (memorable statistics, useful next steps)
  • Grabs attention with a bright and bold visual design, simple interface, and eye-catching and unexpected heading
  • Draws the user through the single page of content thanks to the clear structure, headings and formatting
  • Has the potential to link to even more tools and resources to improve performance and productivity
  • Surprises the user at the end with the timer – a novelty feature but one that directly relates to the content and leaves the user with a smile

Explore the You Waste A Lot Of Time At Work infographic.

4. Pre-boarding that’s as much about ‘how’ as ‘what’

A third of new hires decide whether to stay or leave within six weeks. So content that combines hit-the-ground-running information with a positive impression of the brand and culture is a wise investment. This example – Elucidat’s own pre-boarding resource – is great at getting both the content and how its presentation right.

onboarding

Why we like it

  • Provides a well-branded, holistic experience on a simple scrolling page
  • Addresses what a new employee really wants to know (not just what the business thinks they should want to know)
  • Strikes a friendly and fun tone that’s authentic to the brand and culture
  • Lets the user send questions to their manager or coach via chat and email features
  • Signposts to existing content (rather than replicating it in elearning form) so can be easily kept up-to-date and relevant

Take a closer look at Elucidat’s pre-boarding one-pager.

5. Tailored recommendations in minutes

Elucidat’s own Elearning Project Toolkit goes even further when it comes to signposting as learning. This is a brilliant example of using a couple of key questions to ‘diagnose’ the user’s situation and then serving up the right materials for them.

project toolkit

Why we like it:

  • Sorts through the wealth of available content so the user doesn’t have to
  • Signposts to existing material rather than reproducing it in elearning format
  • Uses smart questions and branching design to offer a personalized experience
  • Allows users to decide how deep they want to dive into all the available content
  • Demonstrates the practical value of concise and carefully-curated toolkits

Try the Elearning Project Toolkit.

6. A toolkit that offers ongoing, updated support

A toolkit becomes even more valuable when it updates and adapts with the user. This Time Management demo combines a number of features to offer practical, personalized support and ongoing learning.

personalized

Why we like it

  • Asks a few questions upfront to build a picture of the user’s habits and weaknesses
  • Uses social polling to show how the user’s answers compare to their peers’
  • Re-plays the user’s answers in regular reports to further encourage reflection
  • Serves up targeted, relevant content (in a range of media formats) using rule-based branching
  • Delivers ongoing value with daily round-ups curating the latest relevant Anders Pink content

Go to the Time Management demo or learn how to create app-like adaptive experiences.

7. A mini-scenario supplemented with social polling

Personalization doesn’t have to be as complex as branching diagnostics and adaptive content. This Delegation Skills example takes things back to basics with a handful of reflective questions and some initial tips and techniques in response. A short-and-sweet scenario brings it to life and social polling helps to illustrate that this isn’t a black-and-white subject.

social polling

Why we like it:

  • Encourages the user to self-reflect on their style and practices
  • Offers a manageable number of practical tips in response to the user’s answers
  • Lets the user test new techniques in a simple but realistic mini-scenario
  • Brings in social polling so the user can see what other leaders would do – and to illustrate that there isn’t one ‘right’ way to lead
  • Makes use of Layout Designer to create a clean web-style design that’s easy to re-purpose for other brands

Visit Delegation Skills or explore Layout Designer further.

8. Low-cost audio scenarios for sales training

Learning-by-doing often means learning-by-failing, and it works because it builds confidence alongside competence. Simulations and scenarios offer a safe place to do that, and Elucidat’s sales training example shows that they don’t always need expensive video to be effective.

sales training

Why we like it

  • Gives the user the option to review learning content or dive straight into the scenario
  • Effectively simulates real customer phone calls using low-cost audio
  • Lets the user constantly see how they are doing with incremental scoring
  • Presents the user’s response alongside peer and expert responses so they can draw their own conclusions
  • Has a straightforward and clean design that is easily reskinned for other brands

Explore our sales scenario or get tips on successful gamification in simulations

9. A quick and shareable quiz as a taster of a topic

This Customer Experience quiz from Genesys facilitates one-click sharing so the user can shout about it to colleagues, with real organic marketing potential. It’s both a thought-provoking way into the subject and a jumping-off point as it signposts other learning opportunities.

elearning quiz

Why we like it:

  • Keeps the scenario simple: recognisable and relatable, with no extra ‘padding’
  • Uses social polling to help illustrate that there isn’t a single correct answer
  • Invites users to share the quiz on social media with a single click
  • Signposts users immediately to other related resources and organizations

Take the Customer Experience quiz or find out why social polling works for learning.

10. Immersive storytelling to tackle emotive issues

Immersive storytelling is the key to tackling emotional subjects online. The Open University’s A Support Net brilliantly combines this with carefully-designed branching scenarios to let the user see the impact – positive or negative – of their choices on a character’s mental health.

digital storytelling

Why we like it:

  • Allows the user to learn by doing, not telling: making choices and seeing the consequences
  • Demonstrates how engaging and impactful skillful storytelling and scripting can be
  • Shows the user how other people responded to the same situations using social polling
  • Profiles the user’s style of support at the end, alongside alternative styles and outcomes
  • Immerses the user in a raw, emotional experience with brilliantly-produced, realistic video

Explore A Support Net or find out more about digital storytelling

Summary

If these elearning examples are a reflection of overall trends in 2017, user-centric learning has been a focus this year. Diagnostic questions leading to personalized recommendations or adaptive content; social polling giving the benefit of group learning to an individual and asynchronous medium; easy-access and concise content allowing users to get what they need when they need it: no doubt we’ll be seeing more of these features over the coming year, too.

If this round-up has inspired you to try something new, why wait till 2018? Our award-winning authoring tool lets you do all the above and more – try Elucidat for free today!

Stephanie Dedhar

Stephanie Dedhar

Stephanie is a freelance learning designer and copywriter, drawing on a decade of experience in the industry, including roles at Saffron Interactive and in BP’s Online & Informal Learning team. She shares her learning ideas regularly on her personal blog.
Stephanie Dedhar
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