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10 Ways to Ruin Your e-Learning by Following Commonly-Held Practices


Ethan Edwards - eLearning Leadership Blog

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist

In many professional areas, it is usually a good strategy to look to common practices in the field as a guide — maybe not for the most cutting-edge ideas but at least for reliable models to follow. Unfortunately, in e-learning this can often be a recipe for disaster.

View & download the guide below for ten very common design practices, that, if followed, are a sure way to ruin your e-learning. 

10 Ways to Ruin Your e-Learning


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What else can you do to ruin your e-learning? Share your wisdom in the comments below!





LOL - Thank you for brightening my day. Slide 12 was my personal favorite. My opinion is if your interface needs explaination, you better re-think it. As a learner, I want to spend my energy learning the content, not how to navigate the lesson.
Posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 11:57 AM by Emily
My last company I worked for was consistently guilty of all 10 items. They are a multi-million dollar business, but they have little regard for creating engaging, impactful eLearning and their learners suffer for it.
Posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 1:11 PM by Anonymous
Excellent, clear and charming presentation of the message you've been saying for years. Please keep repeating this message in a variety of different formats until the tide turns and mind-numbing Power Point presentations make up less than half of the stuff on a standard LMS.  
One quick idea, if you made a "Best of the Worst" elearning sample that includes every annoying thing possible and made designers suffer through it, we might get the message.
Posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 5:20 PM by Jason Durkee
I particularly focused in slide 8 because that was my case. I think is a little bit unrealistic to expect your bosses to accommodate all your needs. In many cases, you arrive to your new company and that LMS is already in place and they are going to spend money in getting a new one. This has been my case, and you know what? It has given us a great opportunity to be innovative and come up with solutions to make the LMS work for us. 
Great slide show, I recommend it. 
Thanks for sharing. 
Posted @ Saturday, January 26, 2013 8:04 AM by Julio C. Castro
Fantastic ideas! I am absolutely sharing these design tips with my ID team. Even if there are LMS constraints, there is still a lot an ID can control to enhance the learner experience. 
Posted @ Tuesday, January 29, 2013 1:22 PM by Catherine Davis
Great tips Ethan. Thanks for sharing.
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 1:40 AM by srujan
Okay, I am staring at #8 (slide 10) pondering. So what if it's not a person with a speech bubble? I've been working on a project, trying to incorporate two characters to facilitate (I thought) the learning. Is that necessarily a complete waste of my time? Should I include them with an option to skip the intro and just let them narrate with an occasional picture of them? To me, it seems like the same narration voice is dull, but if there are two, I'd wonder who they are. Love the rest, but struggling with this one. (Note: there is not a single bubble in my project.)
Posted @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 8:06 AM by Kathryn Kolencik
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