Multimedia & Rich Media

As one would expect, excellent eLearning goes hand in hand with multimedia and rich media formats. When starting an eLearning course, learners wish to encounter different digital techniques that will help them with immersion and engagement, such as videos, virtual reality, and animations.

If you are wondering how to use multimedia and rich media in eLearning courses, continue reading. They should, in fact, make up most of the eLearning education, so let’s have a look at why these mediums help in eLearning and what you should be using to achieve the best results.

What is Rich Media

The term ‘rich media’ is perhaps not often encountered. Whereas the term ‘multimedia’ is generally used and well known, the term ‘rich media’ can be confusing, so let’s clear it up for you. Rich media is a blanket term for any form of digital interactive media that can be downloaded or embedded in a website or other platform.
Whichever platform you use, it’s important that you use it correctly and effectively, which can save a lot of time and effort for learners. For example, many rich media platforms can be used to create quality animated content. Animation is an excellent and efficient teaching tool in eLearning, as it adds to the fun and entertainment of the courses and will therefore help with the learners’ engagement. One of the course creators’ biggest headaches is overcoming the short attention span and alleviating the boredom that comes with basic yet essential eLearning modules.

Interaction & Gamification

By encouraging learners’ interaction, you are helping them engage with the learning process. One of the ways to encourage more interaction is by using gamification. With rich media and multimedia, you can enhance gamification elements that you include in your eLearning courses.

This can be achieved with 360 experience / VR that will help turn your course into an exciting visual and auditory event for your learners. It will also promote information retention as it will require their full attention, and it will stimulate more than one of their senses. All of this will contribute to them immersing in and maintaining a better understanding of the subject matter.

The digital age has enabled effective eLearning across all areas of education – from basic training to teaching higher-level education courses. By using rich media, you can expand the eLearning possibilities even further. Multimedia is the teaching tool of the 21st century, and when used correctly, it can be highly effective in keeping your students engaged.