OK. So, the title is a bit long. But I found this interesting read by Cath Ellis called The 10 Commandments of eLearning. Her number 1, regarding putting the pedagogy first instead of the technology, is a ringing refrain that I have heard time and time again. Yet, there are still many examples of products and projects in which the tool is showcased instead of the learning.
Cath also notes that risks should be balanced with safety. Her premise there is that going online is a risky thing for some people and so the environment should be made safe with introductions, reflections and social activities. This is definitely true in a social networking sense and in an online classroom sense. This may not necessarily apply to the employee who is doing an online training because they have to. Additionally, let me present the flip side that some feel a little TOO safe online. Therefore they feel empowered to share information or communicate in a manner contrary to their normal behavior patterns. This can be positive and negative.
I also found great solace in Cath’s comments about not “reinventing the wheel”. I constantly have to remind myself of that in my efforts to sometimes find the next groundbreaking theory or method of presentation. Sometimes in consistency and simplicity, we can find the greatest learning ROI.
So while Cath’s list may pertain more to direct online education, I’m sure that there are other “ten commandments” of elearning that have been developed. Does anyone have any examples? Maybe I will look to create my own. I won’t write them in stone though .