I’ve been at this e-learning sport for near 30 years. Whereas the expertise has modified over time, I nonetheless see a number 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 number 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 seems to be 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 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
Loads of programs (maybe most) are content material heavy with numerous textual content and movies. Possibly 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 be taught. Nevertheless, being uncovered to content material isn’t the identical as studying which requires a number of extra issues: content material WITH observe and suggestions in some significant method.
Wish to transfer previous the content material dump? How are you constructing observe 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 be taught to make use of it (studying) in a significant means. In that course of they can reveal 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 needed was a “course” with a last quiz to allow them to certify completion (and compliance) and say they offered 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 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 screen after display screen of knowledge. In the end, when an individual takes a course they need to be capable of reveal 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 business and it helps our organizations not waste money and time.
What do you suppose?