Need to make an impact on a budget? You might find some ideas in this presentation.
It shows five decisions you can make that will help you save money and create more memorable elearning. It’s split into five short videos for easy idea-snacking and to meet the restrictions of YouTube.
Highlights include a matrix that helps you decide if training will solve the problem (part 2) and an example of a storyboard that emphasizes activities, not information (part 5).
Here’s the first part.
These links go to YouTube:
- Super-quick overview of action mapping
- “Awareness” and “tracking” aren’t good reasons to create a course
- Handy matrix to help you answer, “Why aren’t people doing what we need them to do?”
- Will a course really solve the problem?
- Example of a multiple-choice question and feedback that simulate the real world
- Put the information in the real world, not the course
- Example of an activity that points to job aids in the challenge and feedback
- Create a series of activities, not info screens
- Example of an activity that points to external info and makes learners think independently
- Start with an activity, not information
- Example of a brainstorming storyboard that puts activities first
- Summary of the main points
The five ways to save:
- Don’t create a course unless it’s really necessary and useful.
- Write activities in which a character faces a realistic challenge.
- Put the information outside the course.
- Use the course to show how to use the job aids.
- Let the activities, not the content, drive the design.
The presentation was my part of the “Value for Money” event organized by the UK eLearning Network on May 14. It’s actually a backup recording made before the event, to be used if internet trouble prevented me from speaking live.
Since the presentation was intended for people at an elearning event, it assumes that viewers want (or are required!) to create elearning. Of course, there are many other ways to solve a performance problem, and elearning is just one of them.