Learning styles: Worth our time?

We’re wasting our time talking about appealing to learning styles when research has identified far more powerful techniques. This post summarizes two meta-analyses about learning styles and readers sound off in more than 70 comments. Read more

Do we really need narration?

When should elearning be narrated? I think we should rephrase the question as, “When is it a good idea to force all learners to go at the same pace?” That’s what narrated material does. The pace of the narration controls the pace of the material. When you’re learning from narrated material, you can’t easily skim […]

Why you need to set limits

What happens if you don’t set any boundaries in your relationships? You wear yourself out doing everything for everybody and the next thing you know, you’ve cursed everyone out, grabbed a couple of beers, and slid down the escape chute. The same thing can happen to your course. If you don’t set any boundaries and […]

The big mistake in elearning

Why is so much elearning so boring? Because we’re obsessed with designing information when instead we should be designing experiences. We need to focus on what people need to do, not what they need to know. Read more

Elearning example: Branching scenario

You’re a US Army sergeant in Afghanistan. Can you help a young lieutenant make a good impression on a Pashtun leader? That’s the challenge behind “Connect with Haji Kamal,” a thought-provoking branching scenario. Try the activity and learn how it was designed. Read more

How to convert the toughest SME

You want to create an action-packed online experience that revolutionizes learners’ behavior. Your subject matter expert wants you to faithfully reproduce every lovingly polished bullet of their 217-slide PowerPoint presentation. Is there any hope for your relationship? Everyone knows that in any relationship, it’s the other person who needs to change. So let’s change your […]

Prove it with a prototype

Are you dreaming of an immersive simulation while your team members plan yet another Jeopardy game? If you want stakeholders to expand their horizons, a working prototype is your best friend. A working prototype has simple placeholder graphics, but the clicking and dragging work as they will in the final activity. Build a quick-and-dirty version […]

Why you want to use scenarios in your elearning

Imagine that you’re in a competition to overhaul an information-heavy course so it creates a real change in the world. What changes would you make? Check out this story-based presentation to see what one fictional company did. Read more

How to steer your client away from an information dump

Learn more about the action mapping process described in this interaction from this quick overview. How I designed and built the scenario Some people avoid creating branching scenarios because they seem too complex. In case it’s helpful, here’s the approach I took.

Why you want to focus on actions, not learning objectives

Pop quiz! 1. What do these people need to do? A. Put out the fire B. Describe the techniques used to extinguish a fire       2. What does this woman need to do to stay in business? A. Sell flowers B. Explain the principles of the flower-selling process       3. This […]