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Step Outside the Box of Taditional E-Course Design

Suppose you want to make your e-learning courses more interactive for learners. The 2005 book Renaissance eLearning, by Samantha Chapnick and Jimm Meloy, will give you 16 chapters full of great ideas! It is an excellent source for learning creative ways to break out of the traditional e-learning course design box.

Here are just a few ideas from the book:
  1. Provide opportunities that allow learners to experiment with different cause-and-effect situations and scenarios. Their judgment skills are strengthened as they experience the outcomes of their actions.
  2. Give participants tasks (hurdles) and a wide variety of ways to accomplish each task. This forces learners to analyze their actions, apply hindsight, and learn from what was done through trial and error.
  3. Provide opportunities for debriefing sessions with a facilitator or other participants where they can analyze their actions and choices.
  4. Build in adjusting levels of difficulty. E-learning modules should adjust to the learners' progress, by both redirecting them to different content and adjusting challenge difficulty along the way.
  5. Allow learners to check their assumptions and the knowledge they have gained throughout the learning at certain "knowledge check points".
  6. Use real people and real peoples' words. When possible, use actual conversations as the dialog in a program to enhance the realism of the e-learning.
While these suggestions are terrific, I recommend the entire book for ideas on how to: create convincing dialog, include metaphors and figures of speech, create good graphical styles, and put things into perspective for your learners. You can't miss with this one!


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