Making a long course feel less long

Jun 26, 2015

Hey Everybody

        I'm welcoming all your comments and ideas on the current course i'm designing. The current course i'm working on is very basic. The course is 20 slides and a voice over recording that reads our current company code of conduct followed by a test bank of 30 or so MC questions.  The information is very dense and drags on quite long, the course i'm working to replace was in excess of one hour. Because we are an international company and will be having this translated into 3 other languages I cant use an engaging or exciting informal script because it has to be standardized across all languages. As most of you probably know the code of conduct is not something one can get overly excited about and the training needs to express the seriousness of complying with the code and cant be too goofy. My hope is that some of you who have had more than my two months experience working with designing these things could provide me tips or tricks to not put my learners to sleep at page ten of the training. Any suggestions welcome :)

                           Thanks everybody


4 Replies
Alexander Salas

Hi James, 

It seems you already have a good sense of what boring training looks like in elearning format.  One the critical elements of why I build any interaction in a SL2 project is whether or not the interaction meets or reinforces a learning objective.  I would recommend you start there as that would help you map the path through which the learner must "travel".  Compliance training is a very challenging concept because A) the business (usually your compliance officer) wants to check a box i.e. we trained our employees and B) compliance is a forced concept in many industries.  So how can you make that interesting?  The elearning course should be a multimedia experience and interactive (which means the learner should do something, make a decision, etc.)

I hope this helps you a little as otherwise I would have write a book to explain all the details.  I'm on Twitter @stylelearn

Here's a sample ; )

James Murphy

Thank you for starting me off in the right direction Alexander. I did get a chuckle out of the link. The issue is definitely due in part to the fact that some of the individuals that are steering the compliance and final approval portion of the training think that entertaining/engaging might also translate to unprofessional and so i'm riding the line between formal and fun. I will look into ways to make simple supporting interactions as you suggested.

               Thanks again


Cary Glenn

I would suggest pushing back at the powers-that-be. This "tell them and they will comply" isn't effective, as they say, "Telling ain't Training". The department wanting the training might as well email the policies and get a read-receipt on the email. It would be just as effective and save time. 

A better way to do this would be to develop scenarios, provide the relevant documentation and let people make decisions. Feedback could include reactions like, "That wasn't a very good choice, You ended up in jail and cost the company millions. You should try again."

James Murphy

The read receipt comment is actually not far off of the way I feel, investing the time to design and achieving the same result as a mass email. Thanks for the great tips and assurance that i'm not crazy for pushing for something better.

      Much appreciated 


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