Clicking is not (e)Learning!

This is a great post by Brent Schlenker, that challenges our elearning standards.

I had a discussion recently with a friend who works for a large organisation in NZ.  She was telling me how they have to endure the most boring elearning modules – most of the staff don’t even read the slides,  and they click from one to the next until they get to the multiple choice quiz at the end. Doesn’t matter if they fail the first time, they can redo the quiz until the get the required pass.  HR is happy – the box has been checked!

Clicking is not learning!

It’s these sort of examples, which unfortunately aren’t uncommon, that gives elearning a bad name.  There is some awesome elearning out there, but not enough of it.  Let’s spread the word, and all work towards creating good eLearning!

Click here to read Brent’s post:

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development: Students Are Smarter Than Your Old eLearning Design.

What are your thoughts on this?   I’d love to hear what you think – please leave a comment!

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  1. #1 by kate Nonesuch on July 7, 2012 - 4:52 am

    So true, Michele-I have clicked my way through a few courses myself. Somehow when things that were taught face-to-face get put online, it is only the paper that gets translated–quizzes, reading, etc., and the activities where actual learning took place doesn’t make the translation. Still, I think it’s changing.

    • #2 by Michelle Childs on July 7, 2012 - 8:16 am

      Hi Kate
      eLearning is definitely not the solution to all learning, some learning lends itself more to face to face training. There will always be a place for face face to face training, but in other situations eLearning is the best solution – if it is done well that is!

      And yes, eLearning is changing. With new technology, Instructional Designers (IDs) are able to create eLearning that contains simulations, scenarios and generally much richer learning content than previously.

      Thanks for your comment :-)

  2. #3 by Karla on July 9, 2012 - 8:03 am

    Hi Michelle, such a bold topic to tackle.
    I know a lot of intelligent dedicated staff who when things are really busy click through to the end of the slides and guess at the answers (then ocassionally share the answers with collegues) Whilst in theory we should be taking responsibility for our own actions and learning the slides as requested it can be really hard when HR flick you through several links a month along with the text…. please complete and provide a copy of your certificate by the end of the week. Not to mention often the slides are often wrong or even relevant to our country. I have a friend who works for a world wide company, they are requed to do nearly 30 online modules each year. Most of which are health and saftey releated. The only issue is they are sent from the Australian branch of the company so the learning in them is irrelivant and often in contradiction to New Zealands Health and Saftey practices.
    I believe eLearning has its place but it should not be in place of Supported learning where you can ask questions and get assistance if needed.

    It really does feel that a lot of companies are getting lazy and complacent and are looking for the fastest way to – as someone said previousley ‘tick the box’.

    Awesome topic Michelle

    • #4 by Michelle Childs on July 9, 2012 - 9:03 pm

      Unfortunately, along with many others, you have had a bad experience of eLearning. Fortunately, there is some awesome eLearning out there as well – have a look at these examples: http://www.articulate.com/products/storyline-showcase.php – my favourite is “Broken Co-Worker”. Obviously these are a lot more time consuming (and therefore more expensive) to create, but people are engaged in the learning, and they learn something!

      Obviously this type of eLearning is not suitable for compliance learning, but I’m sure we could do better than some of the examples we’ve talked about. Things are changing with eLearning, as new technology is developed and thinking around eLearning design evolves as well.

      I agree with you too, that eLearning is not always the answer – often a blended approach (a mix of face to face and eLearning) works well.

      Thanks for your comment :-)

      Michelle

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