Interactive: What Does It Really Mean?

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines “interactive” as, “involving the actions or input of a user.” When you stop to think about it, that’s not very clear. So, is eLearning with nothing but a next button interactive? The learner clicks something. Is a choose your own adventure book interactive? The reader picks which page to turn to. Let’s dive into this.

What Interactive Means to Me

In terms of eLearning, I think “meaningful” is the key part that’s missing from that definition. Clicking a button or moving a drag and drop is certainly action. Unless there’s thought behind it, however, it isn’t worth a lot. Thinking is an action too. Learners interact with content in their minds when they think about it.

How Interactive Goes Wrong
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