“Never Create Boring e-Learning Again.” That’s the title of a webinar I’m presenting next week. “No Boring e-Learning” is a statement we at Allen Interactions have been repeating for years. “The online modules we build are so boring” is a statement told and retold by my students who take the ATD e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program I frequently facilitate.
But what makes so much e-learning so boring? It’s easy to identify a problem, not so simple to fix it. Hoping for a new source of inspiration in addressing this hurdle, I sought definitions of “boring” online. Most definitions were nearly identical (this one happens to be from the American Heritage Dictionary):
While this describes much e-learning pretty accurately, it’s hard to know what to do with it. So I kept looking.
And then I found something on thesaurus.com that revealed the problem with a new slant for me:
Mental weariness. Irksomeness. Deadening. These reveal the real cost of creating boring e-learning―the debilitating effect it has on the learner. One can excuse text presented poorly. One cannot (or at least, should not) excuse creating mental weariness, or stupefying the learner.Read More