Make 'Em Laugh: 4 Ways to Create e-Learning Courses with Humor

by Ann Iverson, instructional designer | @iverson_ann

Everyone wants to laugh. Our inherent desire for humor leads us to share YouTube videos of laughing babies and frowning cats, and use acronyms like LOL in our text messages. But humor does not belong in serious e-learning courses, right? Well, think again. Making people laugh has been scientifically proven to relieve stress, improve productivity and motivate employees. Humor can even increase learner retention of concepts and situations that might otherwise be easily forgotten.

I know what you’re thinking. Whenever you try to bring up the humor card, your SMEs respond with, “This is serious business we’re dealing with here. It’s no laughing matter.” So even though you know that courses with even just a bit of humor are usually the most memorable, you may have to convince your stakeholders.

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