6 tips to effectively customise your Digital Learning modules using variables

  6 April 2018 |  La rédaction  Authoring Software's Actuality

Using variables in Digital Learning modules opens the possibility to personalise the learners’ experiences and promote their engagement. For example: Name, age, occupation, modules already played and blocking scenarios according to their results… multiple data can then be exploited to make the developed modules more interactive. Let’s have a look at how to use variables effectively through the 6 tips below…

Address Learners by Name

Adding a text variable is one of the most effective ways to customise realistic Serious Games and simulations. These variables can refer to the names of the learners, their age or their role in society. Adapting the scenario according to their personal data makes it possible to offer a personalized learning experience. For example, with the nominative variable, you can congratulate them by name when they successfully complete an activity, or ask the virtual character to use their name to increase engagement and immersion. Instead of using generic terms like “employee” or “staff member” you are creating a stronger connection with them.

Segment the learners’ journey according to their progress

Is personalising learning paths to different learner profiles an unconquerable challenge?
By creating backup and recovery points in Digital Learning modules using variables, you finally enter Adaptive Learning with personalised learning content for each learner. You can thus limit the access according to the experiences already played or according to the results previously obtained. For example, a system of segmented experiences makes it possible to orient new learners towards the beginning of the learning path and the more experienced ones could be directly oriented towards a more complex pedagogical scenario according to their knowledge.

Adapt your scenarios according to the learners’ occupation

Thanks to variables, you can enrich experiences and adapt them according to the learners’ specificities and their role within society or a company. Offer them personalized content so they have access to specific modules, activities and assessments tailored to their profiles.
For specific positions requiring management skills for example, offer additional content at key points of the e-Learning modules. Remember to add training sessions to improve reflexes of managers in crucial situations (motivation of an employee in case of promotion, failure, individual interview, meeting animation, etc.). As a result, you offer ever more personalized, reliable and engaging training content where each learner receives individualised distance learning, enabling them to achieve specific business goals.

Directly involve learners in their training courses

Variables can also make it possible to overcome the redundancy and cognitive overload of certain types of e-learning that can be repetitive on certain notions. In order to offer flexible courses, give learners, whose knowledge has already been acquired or the skills assessed have already been mastered, the opportunity to pass certain pedagogical grades. The variables here provide a flexibility in terms of educational organisation and greater accessibility, compared to “traditional” training. This helps reduce boredom and frustration and encourages learner involvement throughout the training journey. The result is a real ability for the learner to be involved in their training, to be able to manage their career and to use the resources available in complete autonomy.

Use numeric variables to analyse learner performance

Another interesting element of personalisation is numerical variables. They allow learners to move at their own pace, but also to motivate them and provide a powerful indicator for tracking their performance. Use them to track their progress, inform them of the number of completed sessions, the number of points or scoring obtained or the remaining indicators to be unlocked (badges, trophies up for grabs or already won…). Make your modules more fun and unpredictable by using these numeric variables.

Expand your creative potential

Variables can be used to improve navigation in instructional scenarios. Indeed, the potential of the variables also makes it possible to imagine scenarios used as tutorials or interactive slideshows.
Including variables in these devices allows learners to be redirected to the desired pages or slides with a single click and without skipping steps.
Remember to do some tests to make sure that the variables used are working properly before the deployment of your educational content.
Thanks to the variables, you will increase the involvement and commitment of your learners with personalised content adapted to their educational needs. With version 3.1 of Virtual Training Suite,

Serious Factory offers designers the opportunity to develop interactive and customized modules with its new “Forms & Variables” package. To learn more, come and test the VTS Editor authoring software and discover how easily and quickly you can create Serious Games and interactive 3D Simulations.