This is from LearnDash and I thought it was worth re-posting in case you haven’t seen it.
What’s the similarity, you ask?
Painting your house is no fun. Not for me, anyway.
It took me lots of trial and error to realize that if I would take the time up front to prepare for creating something new (like a freshly painted room), that I could avoid a lot of pain and anguish after the fact.
So, how do you prepare to paint? You move furniture, put covering down on the floor, tape off baseboards and window sills, repair small holes in the wall, and sand down rough spots. You make sure you have the right brushes, ladders, trays, solvents, paint, rags, masks, and clothing.
And what’s the pain and anguish I avoid? Spilled paint on carpet or hardwood floors that may never come clean. Uneven and splotchy paint on the walls and look unpleasant and unprofessional. Walls that no one wants to look at. A big mess that I don’t want to clean up. Possibly a room that will need to be painted again.
I’m hoping that you are already seeing the similarity to e-learning.
If you prepare properly for the creation of your e-learning module then you greatly increase your chances of having a job that will not only look pleasing and professional, but one where learners will actually learn something.
Next time I will talk about the steps you can take to prepare for a successful e-learning “paint job”. In the meantime, be thinking about it yourself and see if you agree with me or have some additional steps to add (I am sure some of you could add steps to my house painting preparedness list!).
Until next time…
There is a lot of e-learning out there these days. Companies are developing more and more of it. Statistics show growth here, there, and everywhere.
A lot of the growth can be attributed to the fact that there are so many good rapid development tools that allow practically anyone to be able to create it.
But I have to ask, “How much actual learning is taking place?”
Increasingly, I find myself viewing a purported e-learning module only to come away thinking that all I really did was just watch and listen to someone show me and tell me something. I didn’t really learn anything.
And I’m not talking about regurgitating a fact or figure I was informed about a few slides back. That’s not learning. That’s short-term memory recall. And it’s something I’m not going to have the foggiest clue about in 6 months, or probably even 6 days (because I didn’t really learn it)
So, is it semantics? Perhaps. But it doesn’t do our industry any favors by calling passive videos that are mostly information sharing and/or marketing tools e-learning.
When I see “e-learning”, I am actually hoping I will learn something. And I am more than disappointed when it turns out I was just watching something where the intent was not learning a new skill or process or something else I really wanted to learn how to do or know. I actually get a little angry. And sad.
Because every time someone puts out a module that is really information sharing or marketing and touts it as e-learning, I hear another voice somewhere saying “e-learning sucks and is a waste of my time.” <shudder>
Which just makes it that much harder for real e-learning to break through and do it’s job.
And it really can do a very fine job.
Until next time…
People have been telling me “you should have a blog!” So now I do!
I am officially a “training manager” at my job and I love what I do. A big part of what I do involves e-learning and I have designed it that way because I think e-learning is wonderful.
Well, it can be wonderful. When done correctly. This blog will be about what it takes to do it “correctly.”
I hate boring e-learning. I think you do, too. Whether you are a recipient of e-learning or a creator of e-learning, I think you hate boring e-learning.
So, join me on my quest as a crusader against boring e-learning.
Until next time…