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eLearning Design Certificate – Day Three

Day Three of the eLearning Design certificate was really great. Here are the main ideas:

  • Scenario Based Learning. All online scenarios must have human emotion because people are always emotional.
  • When they learn something, they learn something from the emotional standpoint.
  • Some examples of emotional scenarios are here.
  • Use the audio to highlight the emotions.
  • Some of the features, like the intro and the choices do not have audio or a graphic because it added NO VALUE. Text was just fine.
  • Embed your content in the story.
  • Also embed the feedback in your scenarios. As it plays out, the students will know if they did wrong. You do not have to scream out ‘You got it wrong’. They will know.
  • The content was organized for you to discover that you had to listen.
  • Very few objectives. Only present what is really important to learn.
  • It has to be emotional, it has to move people.
  • Providing the feedback telling them they were wrong, breaks the story, breaks the suspended belief.
  • When was the last time you went to the movies and at the end, someone got up and explained the entire movie to you? Each person must make their own conclusions and inferences from the movie. Same with Scenario Based Learning.
  • New Book by Ray Jimenez, ‘Scenario Based Learning’.
  • Conflict has to be present and has to involve the learner. Make the story tense. Create a Set-Up of the initial scenario. Set the mood.
  • Do not make it obvious which option is right and which one is wrong. Make it more complex to make learners think.
  • Tip (while planning): use post it notes for each step so that each step can be easily moved around. Get everyone involved. Don’t do it by yourself.
  • Social Learning Interactivity.
  • As humans, we are skeptical. We are always thinking that people don’t know how to do their jobs. But we just have to let them create. By creating, they will learn. Be a facilitator.
  • Learning Management Systems.
  • What if every page could be rated by your learner depending on relevancy? And you could get a report which lets you know which pages are most useful?
  • You could put those pages up front and find out why they are popular and why people rate them so high. Delete or fix the ones that people do not rate well.
  • Project Management: Try using sites like BaseCampHQ.
  • Compare development costs of classroom and eLearning.
  • Develop a library of knowledge. Keep building it and keep referring to it.

OK, that’s a small summary of my notes for the 3-Day eLearning Design Certificate Program. Let me know if you have any questions or want to share your thoughts below…

  1. Dana
    May 4, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Hi, Gus, thanks for sharing this summary. The link in this post to examples of emotional scenarios seems to be broken. I would love to read that if its still available. I look forward to exploring the rest of your blog and will subscribe to your feed. Thanks again for the helpful information!

    • Gus Roque
      May 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

      Hi Dana,

      I’ll try to find that link for you. Guess it was moved… I’ll let you know soon. Thanks.

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