Making it Not Suck

I moved this weekend. Even if we left out the rain, picking up two large pieces of furniture from Craigslist, and the moving van parking nightmare that is DC, it still really sucked.

I also signed up for a gym membership. I get 3 free personal training sessions. When the trainer asks what my goal is, it will be “making moving only kind of suck.”

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What Learning Principle Would You Tattoo on your Body?

LinkedIn is slowly turning into the new “forwards from grandma” scene with inappropriate political posts and reminders that a lot of people forgot what the order of operations is. Occasionally, among the “share if you hate Mondays” posts, I find one that I scroll back up to.

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“What Career Lesson Would You Tattoo on You?”

Of course, that question immediately evolved into “what learning principle would you tattoo one you?” The word “tattoo” is especially important. This has to be a principle that you stand so strongly behind, you’re willing to permanently display it on your body.

Just pretend that tattoo removal services don’t exist for a minute.

What learning principle, or even idea, would that be for you? (Hopefully not learning styles, but I digress).

My choice? “Keep it relevant.”

A quick shout out to Shannon Tipton and Gail Radecki. As all learning professionals must, we discussed what tattoos we have and want during a recent lunch meetup.

Do You Really Need a Click and Reveal Interaction in your E-Learning Course?

I may have a small special hatred for click and reveal interactions. It’s easy to look at a page and say, “Hey! I want to make this more interactive! Let me add in a click and reveal real quick.” It’s lazy course design, is what that is. (Sorry y’all, but to be fair, I’m totally guilty of it too).

That doesn’t mean that click and reveals don’t have their place. I made a little flowchart just for you so you know when to use them, and when to find a better interaction.

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Remember the Human

The self-proclaimed front page of the internet, reddit, released their core values this month. Their top value? Remember the human.  reddit is where people go to post funny cats, get fashion advice, and tell stories. But the comment sections, at times, also contain the cesspit of humanity, so redditors needed a little reminder to remember the human at the other end of the keyboard.

#EmpathyCards exploded on my Twitter feed this past month as well. They are a beautiful set of cards created by Emily McDowell, a new take on “get well” cards, especially when there’s a chance that the recipient might not ever get better.

What do these things have to do with e-learning? I’m getting there, don’t worry.

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You Know You’re an E-Learning Developer When…

Alright so, hopefully you know that you’re an e-learning developer the moment you start making e-learning. But there are some…qualities…to our job that make it extra special.

All gifs are from Despicable Me!

1. When you hear the words, “make it interactive by making them click on these 30 words for more information, that will help them learn!”

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Yes because that is what is going to get learner’s attention.

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