5 Ways To Make Your eLearning Quiz Engaging (And A Festive Example)

5 Ways To Make Your eLearning Quiz Engaging (And A Festive Example)
Summary: Have you ever added a last-minute quiz onto the end of a piece of digital learning to make it feel 'complete'? It’s a common technique, but one that doesn’t make the most of it's potential. Carefully crafted quizzes can incentivize learners to revise, memorize key points, and encourage social sharing.

How To Make Your eLearning Quiz Engaging Following One Festive Example

At Elucidat, our latest showcase project demonstrates 5 strategies for making eLearning quizzes exciting and engaging as well as effective. And, as it’s that time of year, the quiz itself will get you into the Christmas spirit! So, if you’re ready to test your festive knowledge, play the quiz here, then take a look at the 5 strategies we used to make it engaging:

How To Make Your eLearning Quiz Engaging Following One Festive Example

Strategy 1: Incentivize Users At The Start

The first step in any successful quiz is to make players care about the outcome. If you miss this crucial step, it could become too tempting to guess rather than think.

Whether it’s winning festive baubles, achieving a certain score to pass, beating peers, or being entered into a prize draw, make sure your incentive is compelling and presented clearly to your players at the start.

Strategy 2: Mix Up Your Question Types

Even brilliantly written questions will get dull if they all feel the same. A mix of questions types, media types, and interactions will keep learners on their toes, ensuring they’re paying attention rather than slipping into a familiar routine.

Elucidat comes with a wide range of question and interaction types, media players, and badges that you can use to create a fresh feel on every page.

Strategy 3: Up The Stakes

Extra points or bonus badges might motivate your learners to need to think extra carefully, so it’s worth upping the stakes for your most crucial questions.

In the Christmas quiz, we used Elucidat’s timers and killer questions to offer bonus points and the chance to win a decoration to add to the Christmas tree, but there are many other ways to achieve a similar effect. Consider 'Beat the expert' questions that give the illusion of playing against a competitor or the ability to 'level up' throughout the quiz, facing harder questions over time.

Strategy 4: Give It Some Personality

Nothing shouts 'fun quiz' less than long sentences and boring jargon. To breathe life into your quiz, write it as the fun experience you want it to be. It’s as easy as referring to your users as 'players' rather than 'learners', swapping your 'Submit' buttons to 'Go!' buttons, and choosing a fun, playful tone of voice.

And if you want to take a leaf out of our book, throw in a pun or rhyme every few pages! Not only will it make your players chuckle, but they’re more likely to remember the experience—and the answers to the questions—too.

Strategy 5: Encourage Sharing

A bit of competition never hurt anyone, and in fact, when it comes to learning and memory, it is even a help. So, don’t leave your learning at the end of the quiz; build in social sharing links so players can shout about their scores and encourages others to play too.

If you’ve got a leaderboard set up on an LMS or LRS, even better! Make sure your scoring systems allow for meaningful variation in scores, and let the competition begin!

Create Your Own Quiz

Are you ready to take on the role of quizmaster? Start by asking yourself these questions:

  • What motivates your learners?
    Use your insights to plan an incentive that will appeal to them.
  • Which pieces of information is it most important for learners to take away?
    Up the stakes on these questions to encourage extra concentration.
  • How else can you make it fun?
    Don’t shy away from giving your quizzes a more playful style than the rest of the learning.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these 2 other Elucidat quizzes that use features like timers and audio players in different ways: