7 charactersitics of Immersive Learning

Inspired and adapted from Christopher Pappas’ original article for the eLearning Industry: The world is fast paced, demanding and distracting, and it’s not stopping anytime soon. With technology constantly tugging at our attention it’s more vital than ever to engage students in immersive learning experiences that prepare them for life after graduation. How do you know if you’re engaging your students in this type of learning?

Below are 7 characteristics of immersive learning.


Story Driven

Storytelling is a robust, time-tested approach to teaching. By presenting authentic stories, you are able to structure your subjects in a more compelling format that jumps off the page.


Social Interactivity

By engaging in constructive dialogue students are introduced to different perspectives. As such, discussion fosters open-mindedness and a deeper understanding of the topic. It is beneficial to provide discussion topics, and an outlet for communication; in class or on their own time with a group, via video chat or in an online forum.



When combining captivating video & interesting audio, learners are more engaged than with traditional text. When simulating multiple senses individuals can better understand and recollect lessons. A mixed-media approach to presenting content is a great way to engage a variety of senses.


Real-World Centered

Content based on current and relevant topics from a broad background helps make the subject matter more tangible and relatable for the learner. By using real-world examples one can highlight actionability and feasibility rather than simply discussion theory.


Taps into Intrinsic Motivation

When learners are motivated to succeed, they are more likely to do so. Embedded quizzes, for example, can test the leaner’s understanding before moving forward, essentially gamifying their quest to learn the subject matter.


Self-Paced Study

Learning that allows individuals to work through materials at their own pace ensures learners are meeting objectives. Not everyone learns at the same rate, but with an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the complexities students are able to learn more thoroughly.


Emotional Connectivity

stories told using relatable language and captivating visual aid appeals to learner’s emotions and delivers a lasting impact. By tellings compelling stories about current and relevant topics told by real people, learner’s can better relate. This type of emotional connection will help students through deeper understanding and longer information retention.

What are some of our favorite immersive teaching resources?

Online simulators, story-driven videos showing real people and their experiences, as well as in class discussion between peers.

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