Musings on eLearning and instructional design from Kineo's VP of Learning Design.
This is a great slide show. As a trainer and an aspiring instructional designer (with lots of curriculum development experience), I wish I could have been a part of the conversation and learn more details. I'm also wondering how you got ahold of so many awesome photos.
Hey Maggie, Thanks for the comments! It was a great conversation and I'm sure it will continue in other formats, so stay tuned.My company has a subscription to a stock photo site -- thus all the great photos :) Makes a big difference, doesn't it?!
Hey Cammy! This post is really helpful to me. I should have known about slideshare and use it in making my reports and slides during training. This is a lot easier than using power point (old school!). Thanks by the way.
As I read your blog, I was reminded of the current brain research on schemata. It seems that people remember things better if they connect it with information that was previously learned. Pop culture references would be a great way to utilize the schemata already in place from watching the news. I was also struck by the idea of adding surprises to a presentation. Creating a different outcome than expected forces the learner to process the information, not simply adapt it to what is already known. This element of surprise could cause information to be stored in long term memory instead of short term memory. As exciting as this idea is, I believe that overuse of surprise could create an environment where it is no longer surprising. It could also become a habit for the presenter and therefore an expectation of the learner. If the surprise is presented in a similar manner, the learner could view several presentations and become inoculated to the effects of the surprise. In essence, the surprise has lost its effectiveness. To combat this, the presenter must constantly change the routine of presentation. This can be very difficult for presenters as people easily become ingrained in their habits. Finally, the use of iconic memory throughout the presentation was very impactful. I watched a presentation by Gerri Batchelor at NC Ties in which this exact concept was presented. Pictures must be meaningful and interesting. Mr. Batchelor believed that everything that you say should not be written into the presentation. You should only present pictures that serve as memory cues. While this is similar to your visually stimulating presentation, it went a step farther and made people responsible for remembering the information within the presentation. I believe that adding the interactive links to a presentation that you discussed could combine both methods. One could have a very visually stimulating presentation that served as a memory guide, complete with a surprise. The addition of links throughout the presentation would then serve as a memory tool over a year later as I connect your presentation with his and try to analyze the best way to design my courses. Thank you for your interesting and innovative approach to maintaining the attention of learners.
Great stuff, though it was kind of like watching TV with the sound off--any way to get to the things you said with each slide?I laughed with recognition at your Creative Process slide!Finally, our company is looking for an LMS--with someone like you involved, maybe Kineo would be a good choice.
Marla -- great commentary and I absolutely agree with your point about the surprise getting mundane. The challenge is to keep it novel and new. I've heard from clients that they're sick of the standard surprise opening to elearning courses -- the headlines showing the news and risk of what's gone wrong. Designers have to find ways to keep it new. Takes a little more effort!Mark -- My "notes" are up on slideshare, although they surely don't capture half of what I said. The eLearning Guild did video tape my session so it may be available online soon in a viewable format. In other news, I'm hoping to turn this into an article - stay tuned! Lastly, happy to talk to you about LMS solutions. Send me an email at cammy dot bean at kineo dot com.
Hi CammyAs usual very thoughful and interesting. I loved the creative process slide. Can't wait for you to turn it into an article.
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