The one-right-answer problem

Good e-learning designers will build activities where they don’t give you the right answer straight away. They’ll take you through a real life scenario and ask you to make decisions step-by-step. But whichever path they take you on, in the end, they most likely want you to get the right answer – the only right answer suggested by the ‘expert’.

All the Articulate modules developed by DynaMind eLearning are created in this manner too. It’s the way self-paced e-learning software is built and clients expect it to be like this.

For compliance training, this works fine. But how much professional development is compliance training? Very little in relative terms. Very few essential skills in the workplace have one right answer. Life – including life in the workplace – isn’t made up of one-right-answer problems. Yet more and more professional development programmes are designed like compliance training. Why? Because it’s easy to develop and the software makes it look pretty too.

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