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Traditional classroom practices don’t always translate well on online learning. Thinking outside the box can prevent online students from having a poor learning experience, that would be bad for business, and a bad look for the eLearning industry entirely. Here are a few ways of how to keep hold of your students’ attention  and avoid boredom.


Incorporating stories along with having students discuss scenarios, can improve the teaching of intricate skills like problem-solving, creativity etc. This ensures retention of what they learned. Stories create empathy, and with empathy comes personal meaning, this helps with the ability to internalise new learnings.

Use humour

Use humour to start the course off on a calmer tone. When in a positive mood, humans are more open to new ideas and thoughts, use their critical skills, learn better, and retain better. Humour helps with memorability as the endorphins released when we laugh help cement memories. Try adding it to “dry” content.

Active voice

Writing in the active voice guarantees engagement. It’s more of an informal tone like a friend, so they naturally listens, rather than a passive voice which sounds more impersonal. The zero conviction in the voice confuses listeners as they don’t know whether they’re supposed to pay attention to what is being said. The hint of action in the active voice compels learners to pay attention as it creates curiosity.

Enthusiastic narrator

Would you rather a dull, robotic voice that just reads out information or an enthusiastic voice that emotes and is full of life? A dull voiceover can drain students’ enthusiasm. A good narrator provides credibility and creates an opportunity for you to build a relationship with your students. Have you got the right presenter for your course?

With a BrandedCourses online course we help businesses increase engagement through our great selection of tools which include quizzes, automated notifications, badges, certification, discussion boards and a host of other tools. Contact us today and see how we can help you build a brilliant online course for your business.