One of the difficulties many people find when starting to build eLearning projects is deciding where to start, and there are so many possibilities that you could find yourself drowning in a lake of content and data, with nothing to hang onto and no clear way to shore.Read More
Having worked in the eLearning industry for more years than I would like to admit, I have heard the question of whether to use an internal or external content development team over and over again. The arguments for both have changed over time - technology, a recession, skills, speed to responding to change and business priorities etc.Read More
One of the key decisions you’ll make when developing eLearning is when to swap the simplicity of designing in a document format and start building content in your authoring tool.Read More
“How long does eLearning take to develop?” is a question we are frequently asked. With heavy workloads, people who create eLearning want to have a simple method of predicting the time it will take to complete a course. But is there a simple method we can use to answer the question?Read More
I recently completed a Greek Mythology course on Coursera. I found it fascinating how the ancient Greek storytellers like Homer and Ovid were able to create elaborate stories that have become timeless and have been retold and redeveloped in TV and films centuries later. After reading The Iliad and The Odyssey, I wondered: How in the heck did Homer remember all of this? As Instructional designers, we are tasked to create memorable learning experiences that may improve the skills or, even more so, the behaviors of the user. However, sometimes it’s not that easy to get people to remember a few points about a 30-minute module…even when we give them the objectives up front to tell them what they need to remember!
“Storytelling” is the new trend in eLearning. We all have a favorite story that we like to hear, and maybe retell. But how do we pull off the masterstroke of storytelling in eLearning? Perhaps we can learn a few things from Homer and Ovid:
Tom DiMartini | 05/28/2015