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November 16, 2015


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rani gill

Jennie -- you make a critical point here --- and that's around density. That's a valuable insight and way of thinking about elearning. Thank you.

Ed Roach

I agree completely that the tendency is to have the new medium fit the mold of the old. Evidence of this mindset can be found by looking at how the terms "course" and "class" are carried over from the realm of ILT to the newer world of eLearning. It is helpful to approach the creation of a new learning experience with an open mind and look at the actual digital learning experience.

If we do this, we can still carry forward the solid principles of instructional design and learning theory. We just need to re-apply those core principles in the proper context of the new experience. For example, understanding the audience and crafting solid learning objectives still matter. Mapping content to objectives still matters. Engaging the learner in the active process of learning still matters. What is different is how to do those things effectively in the new modality of eLearning.

We cannot carry forward the lecture mindset or the dull, linear presentation of large amounts of information. Instead, a fresh approach to eLearning can include immediately grabbing the learner's attention, putting the learner in control of the pathway through the content early in the experience, emphasizing discovery and exploration, providing lots of feedback, offering optional depth in areas for those inclined to dig deeper, and *always* remembering to give the learner context, purpose, and meaning for new information.

Thanks for an insightful post. This discussion can lead to practical tips and techniques to create new learning experiences that are designed well for the new modality.

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