Having been involved in the elearning industry since the late 1990s, I have discovered that the most important lessons I have learned have not come from completing courses, but rather from my experience in working with a wide variety of clients and developing a vast array of online content.
For me every day is a ‘professional development’ day where I have the opportunity to learn something new. I have analysed, designed, evaluated, modified and tried again and in my extraordinary elearning journey have learned that along the way …
- Do not lose sight of the learner as the centre of this process
- Do not replicate what already exists
- Think how technology enables different ways of teaching and learning
- Aim to create a positive and non-threatening environment
- Remember that gradual implementation gives people who are nervous time to adjust
- Use the communication tools to encourage, support and replace face-to-face exchanges
- Do not think that you have to do everything yourself; seek help from those who have been there before
- Share your knowledge
- Do not expect it to save you time
- Plan before designing
- Consider the whole development cycle
- Start small – think big
- Establish feedback loops.
So what are your lessons learned? Leave a reply and share your wisdom!