Thursday, February 18, 2010
Is eLearning failing its audience?
Are you faced with demands from managers to "Get my people up to speed ASAP!" Are your timelines and budgets shrinking? Of course they are! If you are like most Instructional Designers, expecting to perform a needs analysis, define your client's Knowledge Skills, and Abilities and respective gaps, and develop a prototype and shake it out over time, you are living in the last century.
As wonderful as PowerPoint is, it has clouded the eLearning vision. Can we all agree that PowerPoint is NOT eLearning? One of my client's managers all screamed for PowerPoint to load on their LMS (Learning Management Systems) but the users begged me not to do it. When I slipped them a Flash simulation, accessible via a public website, that gave them the same information but was branchable and self-directed; they loved how they could find answers quickly and how empowered they felt.
My mantra? eSimulation!