I’ve been at this e-learning sport for near 30 years. Whereas the expertise has modified over time, I nonetheless see lots of the identical issues e-learning (and coaching for that matter) had 30 years in the past.
The primary downside is that pushing content material passes for coaching. Thus lots of what we name e-learning programs are principally content material dumps. As a result of the expertise has made it simpler to construct “programs” the content material appears to be like higher than it did 30 years in the past; however programs like which might be each ineffective coaching and a subpar studying expertise.
That is when your tutorial design expertise ought to prevail. That is the place you’ve got a chance to exert some affect and craft a greater studying expertise.
Good E-Studying Goes Past E-Studying
Loads of programs (maybe most) are content material heavy with a lot of textual content and movies. Possibly there’s some easy interactivity like a tabs interplay or a kind of fancy photographs with labels and markers, however that’s only a completely different strategy to expose content material.
There’s nothing fallacious with content material. Exterior of e-learning, we nonetheless learn textual content books and watch movies to study. Nonetheless, being uncovered to content material isn’t the identical as studying which requires a couple of extra 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 individuals purchase info (content material) and study to make use of it (studying) in a significant approach. In that course of they’re able to show their understanding of the content material and how one can 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 remaining 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.
Nonetheless, 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 business.
A course ought to be greater than display after display of knowledge. In the end, when an individual takes a course they need to have the ability to show a degree 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 should always have the ability to push again. It helps our business and it helps our organizations not waste money and time.
What do you suppose?