I’ve been at this e-learning recreation for near 30 years. Whereas the expertise has modified over time, I nonetheless see a whole lot of the identical issues e-learning (and coaching for that matter) had 30 years in the past.
The primary drawback is that pushing content material passes for coaching. Thus a whole lot 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 to be higher than it did 30 years in the past; however programs like which are each ineffective coaching and a subpar studying expertise.
That is when your educational design abilities ought to prevail. That is the place you have got a chance 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 a number of textual content and movies. Perhaps there’s some easy interactivity like a tabs interplay or a kind of fancy pictures with labels and markers, however that’s only a completely different technique to expose content material.
There’s nothing incorrect with content material. Exterior of e-learning, we nonetheless learn textual content books and watch movies to be taught. Nonetheless, being uncovered to content material isn’t the identical as studying which requires just a few further issues: content material WITH follow and suggestions in some significant method.
Need to transfer previous the content material dump? How are you constructing follow and suggestions into your programs?
Good E-Studying Helps Demonstrates Understanding
Tutorial design is about crafting an expertise the place folks purchase info (content material) and be taught to make use of it (studying) in a significant method. In that course of they can show their understanding of the content material and the best way to 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 wished was a “course” with a ultimate quiz to allow them to certify completion (and compliance) and say they supplied coaching. In that setting, it’s very easy to repeat and paste content material right into a “course” and name it good.
Nonetheless, that’s not good e-learning. And it’s not efficient coaching. It’s educational laziness once we substitute content material dumping for studying expertise. And if that’s all we’re doing, there’s no want for an educational design business.
A course ought to be greater than display screen after display screen of data. In the end, when an individual takes a course they need to be capable of show a degree of understanding that goes past easy quiz questions. It’s time to take the content material dump to the dump.
As educational designers and course builders, we should always be capable of push again. It helps our business and it helps our organizations not waste money and time.
What do you suppose?