Avoid the Traps- Instructional Design Decisions
A great website I like to use for eLearning resources is elearningindustry.com I recently read an article by Stephanie Ivec that summarized important instructional design decisions that should not be overlooked. The article is titled 5 Instructional Design Traps to Avoid.
Ivec warned against falling into these common traps:
- Forgetting Learning Objectives
The benefit of learning objectives is that they keep the course focused.
- Too Long to Be Engaging
According to Ivec, and I agree, elearning gives developers the opportunity to divide complex topics into smaller modules for easier comprehension.
- Features for the Sake of Features
Limiting animations and features for when they make important information stand out will help learners process key content.
- Irrelevant Content
Using scenarios and real-world examples will help learners apply the learning to their job tasks.
- No Evaluation
Evaluating the effectiveness of the eLearning course can help create better courses in the future.
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