This thought, of course, is seldom very far from our minds as e-learning developers. If you did the TAP Certificate in E-Learning Design or similar, you’ll have been told that your e-learning should be interactive throughout. Purely informational content will be dismissed as “E-Information” and Death by PowerPoint is sure to follow.
However, we were recently told that a prototype software simulation for Skype for Business had “too much clicking”. And I once sat in a meeting where the ID had (correctly, I thought) asked the learner to have a stab at something before telling them the correct answer; the SME wasn’t happy, saying that the learner needs the information before being asked anything about it. So a lot of clients still expect the 1 ‘here’s the information’ – 2 ‘now you have a go’ – 3 ‘let’s see how much you remember’ approach.
Here’s an example. You’re creating some software simulation e-learning and on this screen you want the learner to click on a particular button on the screen
The learner then has to go looking for the green button and is more likely to remember where it is and what it looks like. Depending on where s/he clicks, we’ll then show a popup saying “correct” and go to the next screen, or one saying “wrong – try again”. Maybe we’ll allow the learner three attempts before putting a big ring around the green button and saying “you should have clicked here” before moving to the next screen.
If you show the learner where to click, like this:
then s/he will just fly through the whole exercise on autopilot clicking on the highlighted buttons, and probably not remember anything. Maybe we could use a variation on this, so that if the learner hasn’t clicked anything after ten seconds, then the purple callout appears with a hint.
I don’t know, I’m sure everybody has an opinion, so what do you think?