Patrick Dunn tackles six elearning topics in six videos

Patrick Dunn shares some of his ideas in a series of six videos for the Elucidat blog.

1. The anatomy of a high-performance elearning team

Key points:

  • Overlapping skills: A graphic designers should be able to edit a text.
  • Collaborative working: Stakeholders can make real-time comments and edits.
  • Flexible development process: Cut down content documentation. This should be written directly into the tool your using.
  • Appropriate culture: Rapid elearning development requires a culture of tolerance, openness and flexibility.

2. How to produce rapid elearning really slowly (what not to do)

Key Points:

  • Cut your documentation and content in half.
  • Use a suite of connected or integrated technologies.
  • Select the right type of person for the job.
  • Simplify the process.

3. Elearning engagement: 5 little factors that can make a huge difference

Patrick produced a model called “CREAM” to make sure his learning engages people. This is what CREAM stands for:

  • C is Control: Learners need to feel that they are in control.
  • R is Relevance: Keep your content up to date.
  • E is Emotion: Tap into the learner’s emotions through storytelling.
  • A is Action: Set up learners up in decision-making situations so they have to take rather than a more passive approach.
  • M is Multimedia: Use a variety of multimedia to create a multi-sensory learning environment.

4. Why instructional designers secretly hate mobile learning

Key points:

  • True mobile learning is simple, direct, and functional.
  • More focus on action and doing, rather than a tremendous amount of content.
  • Mobile learning is more about interaction design and experience design. Again, less focus on large content and text.

5. Elearning Scenarios: It’s not as difficult as you think

Key points:

  • With advances in authoring technologies, any elearning designer can create quality elearning scenarios
  • Why is scenario based learning effective?
    • Learners are driven by goals
    • Stories are an engaging way to tie information together
    • Take action – learners make decisions and see consequences

6. The 3 rules of rapid elearning prototyping

The 3 rules:

  1. Do it soon: Produce a prototype quickly. Within a few days, not weeks.
  2. Do it rough: Don’t be worried if there are a few mistakes and rough edges in the prototype. This can be a good thing.
  3. Do it often. This gives you the ability to work with your stakeholders progressively so they know what they’re getting.

 

Steve Penfold

Steve Penfold

Steve Penfold is Customer Success Director at Elucidat. He helps large companies and training providers speed up and simplify their elearning authorin
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