From the Coleface

Viv on Learning Now TV on 31 March

From the Coleface

As an experienced blended learning designer and judge of the e-learning Awards (recently rebranded as the Learning Technologies Awards), I was invited to appear on TV. As part of the learning designers series, I’ve shared three key tips on blended learning design on LNTV. A couple of links to items I referenced: The More Than Blended Learning Company’s jukebox. e-learning training

Chain of fools

From the Coleface

So they think “let’s make this into e-learning” They give the budget to an e-learning company. The e-learnign company’s sales director loves the idea, but someone has to design it. The instructional designer is given a turgid pack of slides and is tasked with magically turning it into an engaging learning experience. The alpha version of the e-learning is achingly dull. ” e-learning training

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Tricks of the trade for instructional design

From the Coleface

Notable by its absence is instructional design, e-learning, or pretty much anything to do with corporate e-learning. Interestingly a few e-learning companies include a spelling/ grammar test in the recruitment processes for instructional designers, so there’s some consensus that you can tell how good an ID is from their ability to spell. e-learning training

2009: the year of bad measurement?

From the Coleface

Having been at Learning Technologies, I got the sense that the e-learning industry is maturing to the point where there’s little radically new. Various e-learning companies use for marketing purposes the metric “days to build e-learning content” This looks good compared to the 8-12 week development cycle that is often quoted. L&D teams might claim that building an hour of e-learning with an authoring tool only cost £1,500.

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Monkeys typing?

From the Coleface

But in the world of learning, is this all about loss of powerbases or is it a genuine worry about quality? The production technology for e-learning is getting cheaper and more widely distributed. Hence technology that was once the exclusive domain of specialist e-learning companies has become available to corporate L&D functions and in turn to people in the line. Will the quality of learning produced be comparable to previous good practice?