Interactive online learning is not the same thing as engaging online learning.
If your learning experience is interactive in the sense that there’s more junk for the learner to click on…they’re just as bored, but now for longer ’cause you made them jump through hoops.
Adding stuff like drag and drops just for funsies isn’t good learning design (especially if you don’t take the time to make them accessible). All you’re doing is dragging out an already dull experience.
You make online learning engaging by helping the learner find relevance in the material. You make it engaging by giving them opportunities to apply it to their lives. You make it engaging by allowing them to bring their own expertise to the table. You make engaging by allowing them to share and discuss ideas, to take risks, and try new things.
You know…the same way you make any learning experience engaging.