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Requiring that Learners Enter Information During eLearning: What Do You Think?

Why Ask Learners to Enter Information

One element of eLearning design is to engage Learners, and one way to do that is to have them “lean forward” in their seats.

Young woman looking at computer screenTyping novel information, rather than clicking among a variety of choices or passively reading and viewing information, is one way to achieve this.

What Kind of Information

The kinds of information Learners are asked to enter can vary. Let’s take a look at a couple.


Often, we welcome Learners to a course and ask them to type in their first names. Once this information has been entered it is stored by the eLearning system. This allows us to design a more personalized experience by dynamically displaying Learner names periodically throughout the course.

If Learners’ first and last names are captured, these can be used at the end of the course to produce a personalized document of completion.

Of course, there can be other kinds of demographic information that are specific to a particular course.


Requiring that Learners reflect on information is another way to encourage engagement. The reflection could be very simple: “Which of the individuals in the previous scenario demonstrated the best marketing skills?”

Reflective questions can also be more challenging: “Why do you think Anna demonstrated the best marketing skills?”

These more challenging questions require higher level thinking skills and help to keep Learners mentally stimulated during the course. Learners are creating novel constructs to apply the information they’ve been learning. This can help them process and retain the information.

Setting up Text Entries in Articulate® Storyline

One method for enabling Learners to enter text in Articulate® Storyline is by using Text Entries. I recently created two screencasts that describe how to do this.

This video describes how to use an additional layer to pause the slide so Learners can enter their data.

This screencast explains how to pause the slide using a hidden prompt on the base layer.

What types of situations have called for Learners to enter text in your eLearning courses?