Designing E-Learning: Outside the Box
In many ways, designing successful e-learning is a nearly
The complexity can be overwhelming, with challenges coming from
voluminous content that somehow manages to be incomplete,
unsympathetic technology, anxious and inattentive learners,
inadequate budgets, subject matter experts who are asked to be
designers, and restrictive deadlines.
Simpler media present fewer design and development challenges,
expose fewer design weaknesses, and cost less to develop.
Unfortunately, they typically have limited potential. Any
ineffective solution is expensive, but poorly designed e-learning
ups the ante in wastefulness.
So what can workplace learning professionals do differently?
Before revamping the list of design responsibilities, we must first
define what we mean by successful design. I do not think e-learning
or any other educational program is successful if it results only
in high posttest scores. I do not think success is reached if the
targeted audience comes only to know things it didnt before. No one
succeeds just by knowing things. Success comes from doing the right
thing at the right time.