I’ve been at this e-learning sport for near 30 years. Whereas the expertise has modified through the years, I nonetheless see loads of the identical issues e-learning (and coaching for that matter) had 30 years in the past.
The principle downside is that pushing content material passes for coaching. Thus loads of what we name e-learning programs are largely content material dumps. As a result of the expertise has made it simpler to construct “programs” the content material seems higher than it did 30 years in the past; however programs like which can be each ineffective coaching and a subpar studying expertise.
That is when your tutorial design abilities ought to prevail. That is the place you may have a possibility to exert some affect and craft a greater studying expertise.
Good E-Studying Goes Past E-Studying
A number of programs (maybe most) are content material heavy with numerous textual content and movies. Perhaps there’s some easy interactivity like a tabs interplay or a kind of fancy photos with labels and markers, however that’s only a totally different technique to expose content material.
There’s nothing improper with content material. Exterior of e-learning, we nonetheless learn textual content books and watch movies to study. Nevertheless, being uncovered to content material isn’t the identical as studying which requires a couple of further issues: content material WITH follow and suggestions in some significant method.
Wish to transfer previous the content material dump? How are you constructing follow and suggestions into your programs?
Good E-Studying Helps Demonstrates Understanding
Educational design is about crafting an expertise the place folks purchase data (content material) and study to make use of it (studying) in a significant approach. In that course of they can display their understanding of the content material and apply it in a real-world context.
Right here’s an actual problem, although.
I’ve labored in sufficient locations the place the group didn’t actually care about studying. All they needed was a “course” with a last quiz to allow them to certify completion (and compliance) and say they offered coaching. In that setting, it’s very easy to repeat and paste content material right into a “course” and name it good.
Nevertheless, that’s not good e-learning. And it’s not efficient coaching. It’s tutorial laziness after we substitute content material dumping for studying expertise. And if that’s all we’re doing, there’s no want for an tutorial design trade.
A course ought to be greater than display screen after display screen of knowledge. Finally, when an individual takes a course they need to be capable of display a stage of understanding that goes past easy quiz questions. It’s time to take the content material dump to the dump.
As tutorial designers and course builders, we must always be capable of push again. It helps our trade and it helps our organizations not waste money and time.
What do you assume?