“We have this training, and now we want to put it online.” It is the kind of straightforward request that can make an Instructional Designer or e-learning professional cringe. I hate that reaction, but the more I talk with colleagues, the more universal the reaction seems to be.
So why the cringe? It comes from the fight we know is coming. Perhaps fight is too strong a word, but it is a real effort to make trainers, curriculum designers and learners understand that what works in-person in a classroom won’t work for e-learning. The materials have to be broken down, re-imagined and rebuilt in another way to resonate and persevere for learners.
In posts to come I will go through the reasons why e-learning requires sometimes radical rearrangement to work, even for (especially for?!) the most proven live training event. Kelly Savage has a reasonable primer on some of the issues on her blog post. My purpose here is to share a common yet often unspoken reality: Converting good live training to e-learning requires two instructional tasks. The first is training the current stakeholders and trainers, the second is the “actual” work of delivering effective e-learning.
I welcome ideas and success stories that have made the first task go smoothly.