Don was one of the biggest influences on me as a fledgling instructional designer. The road to enlightenment is not easy - it takes courage to do the right thing for learners. Here Don gets to the heart of what it feels like to be an instructional designer. With this sprinkling of courage you can challenge yourself to do better and know that you're not alone...
So much e-learning commissioning is driven by the need for compliance. Here's some practical hints on moving the focus away from exclusively getting the tick in the box and challenging orthodox design approaches
E-learning theories are not new theories, but rather e-enhancements of existing learning theories (Mayes and de Freitas, 2004). They form “sets of beliefs: about the nature of knowledge and compet...
Viv Cole's insight:
I'm far more interested in what works than the academic reasons why - a common pitfall for inexperienced instructional designers is following a theory too rigidly. However, some stakeholders like to know that there's theory behind what you're saying, so here's a handy summary of e-learning theories.
To impress those stakeholders, set your phasers to "bullsh!t", drop in some impressive sounding terms and make your case. Then for the sake of your learners, please ignore most of it when you're designing the e-learning...
This quick, visual approach to instructional design helps you change what people do, not just what they know. It keeps your team members focused on a measurable business goal, and it can keep stakeholders from adding extraneous information.
Viv Cole's insight:
If every person commissioning e-learning and every person designing e-learning read this and acted on it, the world would be a better place.
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