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eLearning Design Certificate – Day Three

February 8, 2009 2 comments

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. Read more…

eLearning Design Certificate – Day One

February 8, 2009 Leave a comment

This was an excellent course taught a very knowledgeable teacher. It was a 3-day eLearning Design Certificate. The instructor, Ray Jimenez, has published 3 books. Check out his blog here. Below are some of the major points I took away with me from the Day One of the Certificate Program:

  • The page turning device is dying. Students are no longer willing to read 100 pages and just sit there clicking ‘next page’.
  • New method of design: Understand Behaviors, Design Programs based on Behaviors, Select Methods of Media, THEN select software, lastly, Execute. Most times the software is selected first; this is a mistake.
  • Students feel impatient when they are locked in front of a PowerPoint with no control. Relinquish control to the student; let them choose which section they can jump to.
  • Most instructors have designed many courses – but few have taken the course themselves. Why? Because it’s really boring.
  • Online learners NEED to control. They want to be able to Pause, Rewind, Fast Forward, etc. ALL media presented.
  • How do people learn in real life? By DOING.
  • Traditional Classroom models cannot be used to design online courses.
  • New students to online learning suffer because we do not do enough to properly train them how to learn online. Read more…