I’ve been at this e-learning recreation for near 30 years. Whereas the know-how has modified through the years, I nonetheless see a whole lot of the identical issues e-learning (and coaching for that matter) had 30 years in the past.

The principle drawback is that pushing content material passes for coaching. Thus a whole lot of what we name e-learning programs are principally content material dumps. As a result of the know-how has made it simpler to construct “programs” the content material appears 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 expertise ought to prevail. That is the place you will have a possibility to exert some affect and craft a greater studying expertise.

Good E-Studying Goes Past E-Studying

A whole lot of programs (maybe most) are content material heavy with plenty of textual content and movies. Possibly 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 flawed 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 number of extra issues: content material WITH apply and suggestions in some significant method.

Wish to transfer previous the content material dump? How are you constructing apply and suggestions into your programs?

Good E-Studying Helps Demonstrates Understanding

Tutorial 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’re able to reveal their understanding of the content material and the right 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 needed was a “course” with a ultimate quiz to allow them to certify completion (and compliance) and say they supplied coaching. In that surroundings, 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 educational laziness after we substitute content material dumping for studying expertise. And if that’s all we’re doing, there’s no want for an educational design trade.

A course must be greater than display after display of data. In the end, when an individual takes a course they need to be capable to reveal 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 to push again. It helps our trade and it helps our organizations not waste money and time.

What do you suppose?

 

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