by: Paul Kaufman
For what seems like eons, humans have learned best in two ways. One is by doing something and finding out that the resulting action was just plain unpleasant. For example, the first guy who thought fire looked cool and wanted to grab a handful and bring it back to his cave. He learned a valuable lesson all by himself. The other way people learn is by having other people teach them. We all grew up with this mode of learning. Year after year, we sat in front of men and women who taught us stuff like geometry, the joy of conjugating verbs and how to make rice pudding. In the vast majority of cases, it worked, and we actually learned things. We then took tests and exams, had the requisite post-graduation parties, and went on our way to fruitful careers in geometry or rice pudding production.
But here we are in 2014, and we face a new reality… learning over the web. For a while now, we have been told that learning via the web (using a PC, tablet or phone) is a revolution. That we can use this “eLearning” to increase our brain power and cast aside any need for antiquated “classroom learning.” But what are the challenges of this new educational technology? What should you be wary of? Here are three things to watch out for:
If you are designing eLearning, take these hints to heart as you develop your next online learning! If you don’t find any of these pitfalls in your next eLearning session, then… congrats! The learners are out there, and they want a great eLearning experience!