Interactive Learning – What Does It Really Mean?

For the past few years, interactivity has been a buzz-word in the learning technology industry. Every other organisation out there claims to be doing interactive learning. While many of such companies are doing good things in terms of providing engaging learning, rather few actually provide interactive learning.

Interactivity, per its definition, means a two-way transaction. When it comes to learning content, the main two-way transaction forms between the content and the learner. Unfortunately, formats that we generally think of as interactive only provide one-way transactions. For instance, videos interacts with the user with moving picture and sounds. However, in the case of normal videos, the learner doesn’t really interact with the video (unless you count the push of the play-button as interactivity – we sure don’t!). This interactivity from learner to content is extremely important for both learning retention and tracking the learning activity. If there are no interactions, how does the L&D manager know that anyone really watched the video? How do the learners monitor their own learning if they don’t get instant feedback on whether they have understood the concepts being learned?

By enabling true two-way interactions, the learning professionals get access to a whole new depth of insights into how their employees’ skills develop. The learners, on the other hand, receive tools of monitoring their own learning better. As with all content, our minds tend to deviate without us really noticing it. Relevant interactions in the digital learning content help us to stay focused and alert us if we don’t. Learners are more likely to keep going with the material as they know when they are gaining results.

This is what interactive learning looks like!

As usual, show works better and tell. That’s why we have prepared a video illustration of the digital interactive learning tricks that you can use to derive better insights and increase learning retention. Have a look at the video below and see different kinds of interactions that improve the learning experience!


In terms of technology, the interactive learning elements seen above certainly require no rocket science. This all can be done with simple HTML5. The great thing about HTML5 is that it works on mobile platforms as well. HTML5 in itself is something that should be in every learning professional’s toolbox to cater for mobile learning audiences.

What about other types of interactivity in learning?

As mentioned, the primary interaction in learning generally happens between the content and the learner. However, we should not limit ourselves to just that. By implementing simple strategies, we can enable interactions between learners and trainers as well as learners to learners. This type of social learning and peer-to-peer communication can be a very powerful tool in facilitating knowledge transfer in an organization when used correctly. For more detailed description of the possibilities of social learning, you should check out this article here.

Are you struggling with learning engagement? Would you like to improve your interactive learning? Let us know, and we’ll get you started on the right path.