Here’s How to Get Rid of Bullets Points

You know what bullet points are: probably the most common way to chunk down heavy content into information that – the most salient points. Bullet points have been used since the age of presentation, as one of the go-to methods for exhibiting content. Whether a live presentation, or a digital course, or a briefing document, bullet points are ubiquitous. Bullet points are everywhere because they are an easy and effective way to emphasize key objectives.

But there are drawbacks to using bullet points exclusively. Bullet points are as static as a stone. Additionally, they are also one dimensional and repetitive in terms of visual engagement, listing information without any trigger or encouragement to the learners to do or think for themselves is sub-optimal in a remote learning environment. When building an e-learning course, putting a little more effort into the use of interactivity is not only worthwhile to keep your learners engaged, but is also effective in reducing the cognitive load on learners.

Consider the following five interactive ideas that can effectively package your information into smarter and more useful than simply using bullet points alone:

1. Tab Interaction

Tabs are a great way of chunking content into meaning-grouped sections without the learner having to switch between different slides. Each key concept is assigned to a tab that expands on an idea in more detail. This organizational system allows learners to access information at a self-directed pace. The layout can be as creative of course, so it doesn’t have to resemble a typical tab structure. Rather, as shown in the example here, you can use elements from your topic to make the experience more significant.

2. Interactive Infographic

Chunking your bullets into attractive infographics can structure your complex content into vibrant visual stories. Adding interactivity gives you further control and enables and activates content based on user actions. It also helps the learners as they unfold relevant content separately, which is less overwhelming compared to getting bombarded with data. And besides, everyone loves a good infographic!

3. Icon Interaction

Instead of presenting all of your facts and figures in text format, consider adding a little emotion to the content with the use of relevant icons or images. The use of visual elements gives the learners a clue to the content before they actually click and reveal it for themselves. This prompts them into thinking about the content ahead of time, then verifying their understanding of the information through the actual content.

4. Level Interaction

A level interaction involves the positioning content into “levels” in relation to each other. The levels are usually either sequential or hierarchical. This format can be useful for the introduction of a structure or a large framework. A visual representation of the hierarchy acts like a mindmap for the learners as well as providing interactivity. As illustrated in this example, using levels can also set clear and weighted descriptions of the ordered content.

5. Marker Interaction

Finally, here are markers – zestful design elements that can be smartly employed to direct the attention of learners to content. Markers pair beautifully with relevant images, as illustrated in the slide above, to buttress your subject matter. Markers can be used in varying ways – to click and note important facts; to label parts of a diagram; or to guide learners through a city map. But beware: extravagant use of markers can make your design look crowded and flashy. It is important to identify the precise balance necessary to have the right impact on your learners.

Conclusion

Learners are much more likely to engage with content that is less overwhelming and more structured, which is why it is important to consider alternative presentation methods while designing each slide of your e-course. These five ideas are but a few of the creative ways that can be used to turn bulleted texts into tempting interactions. Not only do they enhance the visual appeal of your course, they also empower your learners to access information at their convenient pace  powerful  idea that is very attractive with adult learners.

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