Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer have outlined some pitfalls of e-learning design in their book ‘e-Leaning and the Science of Instruction’
If you ever purchase e-learning, take be aware of these pitfalls to avoid buying an inferior training course:
Pitfall #1: Losing Sight of the Job
Courses must be designed to address the specific skill set you are trying to improve. Sometimes designers make the content so generic that the skill you’re trying to improve isn’t addressed completely, or not at all.
Start with a ‘Job and task analysis’ to give you a focus of what to look for in the training. This is also a great roadmap if you’re working directly with the course designer – these requirements can be your ‘checklist’
Pitfall #2: Media Abuse
Some designers go nuts and add as many features as they can into the training: audio (music and narration), on-screen text and animated visuals. Often this overloads the learner’s sensory system and ‘processing’ capabilities and causes less learning rather than more learning.
Find a balance between interesting material and sensory overload!
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