Topic 4: Creating engaging and effective digital learning materials

Understand your learners

  • Identify your target audience and their needs
  • What are their prior knowledge and skills?
  • What are their interests and motivations?
  • What are their learning styles?

Design effective learning experience

  • Break down the learning content into manageable chunks.
  • Set clear learning objectives for each chunk.
  • Use a variety of teaching methods and activities to engage learners.
  • Provide opportunities for learners to practice and apply what they have learned.
  • Include assessments to measure learner progress and provide feedback.

Use appropriate digital tools and technologies

  • Choose digital tools and technologies that are appropriate for your learners and the learning content.
  • Consider the features and functionality of different tools and technologies.
  • Make sure the tools and technologies are easy to use and accessible to all learners.

Create engaging and visually appealing materials

  • Use high-quality images, videos, and graphs
  • Use a consistent design and layout
  • Use typography and color effectively
  • Make sure the materials are easy to read and scannable

Get feedback from learners

  • Ask learners for feedback on your digital learning materials
  • use their feedback to improve your materials over time


Edutopia.(2021, May, 11). Keeping Students Engaged in Digital Learning. [YouTube Video].

Dochniak, M. (2020, April, 28). Teacher Tip: Student Engagement in LIVE online classes. [YouTube Video].

Learn more:

Dumford, A.D. & Miller, A.L. (2018). Online learning in higher education: exploring advantages and disadvantages for engagement. Journal of Computing in Higher Education 30, 452–465 (2018).