eLearning Memories of a Millennial Instructional Designer

What do you picture when you hear the word “eLearning”? Chances are everyone thinks of something slightly different, based on their personal experiences. I’d like to share my first impressions of it, from back before I’d ever heard of “eLearning.” This was years before I became an instructional designer, back when I was a kid.

Kid Meets Computer Games

The computer games I grew up with were fun. I don’t remember if I knew or cared that many of them were “educational.” That didn’t matter. Visits to my grade school’s computer lab were field trips. They let me go to places like the bottom of the ocean and alien planets to solve mysteries and save small, friendly creatures. It was like magic.
The year we got a single computer in the classroom was really exciting (it was only to be used during our designated play/ free time). My classmates and I started watching one another play, making suggestions, and waiting with bated breath to see if this would be the first time someone beat “the really hard part.”

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