Signs you are in e-learning hell (as a designer/developer):
- The Help Desk calls and tells you they are receiving too many calls regarding your course and the __________ (pop-up blocker, Flash Player and/or LMS sign-on).
- Someone shows up at your office and says “I’m here for the online training.”*
- The stakeholder proposes that all staff take the online course in a computer lab where it can be proctored.*
- People call you and ask, “How long does it take to convert their eight hour classroom training into an e-learning course” and you answer,”I don’t know. How long will it take you to turn my phone into a ’67 Dodge van?”
- Your subject matter expert (SME) tells you the course looks great and has no edits. The LMS report shows the SME did not even launch the course.*
*Yes, this actually happened.
Signs you are in e-learning hell (as a participant):
- The course starts with five pages on how to take an online course.
- The quiz questions have absolutely nothing to do with the course you just took.
- Every answer on the quiz is either “all of the above” or “none of the above.”
- The content is not exactly concise. In fact, it may have been written by Proust.
- You scored 100% on the quiz but are not marked “complete” because you skipped page 42.
- You toss your most snarky remarks at the people pictured in the course, but they still ignore you.
Of course the above is all in good fun and just a way for me to vent some frustrations of working in our field. Thankfully, the above are resolvable issues and are becoming less and less common. Do you have signs that tell you when you are in e-learning hell? Please feel free to share in the comments section. Thanks!
I have been honored to be a involved in the revitalization of the Learning Circuits’ Big Question. For several years now I have been responding to the Big Question and have over and over been inspired by the questions posed, not to mention by the many fantastic responses and comments. It has also been a great opportunity to interact with other e-learning bloggers. I am looking forward to being involved and also very excited to be working with Tony Karrer, Glenn Hansen, Thomas Edgarton, and Holly MacDonald on this venture. I hope in the coming months to see the Big Question grow even more in contributors and perspectives.
I hope that you will be visiting and participating in the discussions. We will also be tweeting posts, responses and all things Big Question using the #LCBQ hash tag. So, keep your eyes out for the next BIG QUESTION!