Over the past two weeks, I have been experimenting with ways to create more entertaining eLearning tutorials. The belief is that entertaining training will hold people’s attention better and people will learn more. In fact, research tells us that this is true.
I attended the Dreamforce conference recently in San Francisco and was blown away by the size and scope of the conference. Over 135,000 people registered for the the conference, and sessions were held over four days at the massive Moscone Center and in several hotels throughout the area.
How do you design course material for optimal retention, attention, and engagement — at the same time juggling the needs of your "learners," subject matter experts, and others? It's a daunting challenge, but one that instructional designer Julie Dirksen believes anyone can master with some clear-eyed guidance. Dirksen, whose new book, Design for How People Learn, is drawing raves in the learning community, spoke to The Daily Mindflash about what most instructional designers still need to learn themselves.