P7 - Moving Past the Info Dump: Designing eLearning Focused on Action and Practice, Not Facts and Concepts

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

This is a two-day online workshop that takes place from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM Pacific time on both Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6.

“What do I need my learners need to know? What do I want to cover in this module? What do I want this slide to say? What question can I add to be interactive?” When course design starts with questions like these, the end product could easily end up as a bloated data dump that leaves learners wondering how to get that half-hour of their life back. It’s an easy trap to fall into when we focus on knowledge (the means) instead of performance (the end).  

In this workshop, you’ll learn simple but effective strategies to help you design courses with a laser focus on what your learners need to do differently...and how to help get them there. Using a real-world case study, you’ll work in teams to take a ho-hum data dump presentation and transform it into an engaging, interactive program that actually helps people do their jobs better.

In this session, you will learn:  

  • To set objectives that truly matter to your audience and your stakeholders. (Spoiler alert: No one cares if they can list, define, or describe things!)
  • How to separate what information will be helpful and what information won’t.
  • To work more effectively with subject matter experts who think everything needs to be included.
  • To provide useful context for your learners through examples, scenarios, and realistic practice activities.
  • To tackle obstacles that might prevent your learners from putting their new skills to use.  

Designers, developers

Technology discussed:
MindMeister and other mind mapping tools

Participant technology requirements:
Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or other word processing tools

Diane Elkins, Owner - Artisan E-Learning

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