In creating eLearning, one of the biggest challenges we face is being able to identify what should and shouldn’t be included. This is the key reason that we start by defining a clear goal for the solution, then working backwards to work out what learners need based on that.
The most common trap people fall into when designing eLearning, is they start by gathering all the information they have on a topic, then trying to work out how to “condense” everything into the course.
If you start with information, you will more often than not end up with information that has a pretty looking user interface. But no learning will happen as such.
For any training solution, information on the topic is the last piece of the puzzle to consider. Once you’ve understood the goal, what learners need to do to achieve that goal and how we can get them to practice the required behaviours, working out what source information we need should be as easy as colouring by numbers.