6 Misconceptions about eLearning design

Some weeks ago, I wrote about my key takeaways from the free content strategy sessions I started last year. During these sessions, I did not only confirm how some common misconceptions are held year after year, but also how these false truths spread across industries. As instructional designers, we need to advocate for examples that dispel these misconceptions and also, we need to show clients and stakeholders which is the right path to create meaningful learning experiences. Otherwise, we are doing a disservice to them and to our learners.

More content = more learning

There is a persistent misconception that more content will result in more learning. However, it is not the amount of information that will help learners acquire a new skill or gain more knowledge in a specific area or improve the way they carry out certain tasks. It’s the relevance of the information from the learner’s point of view what will have an impact at the end of the training. Evaluating, cataloging and organizing the information with a clear training or communication purpose in mind is essential.

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