Once in a while, you come across information that says the things so clearly that you always knew, but did not. This is one good example of that. It is a must, if you ask me, for any instructional designer, even if you go through all of it and say to yourself, “I knew it all along.”
In fact, I recommend that this be made mandatory reading on the first working day of every month. I know how easy it is to fall in the trap. And keeping your own creative juices flowing — especially if you work on an eLearning project for months, not weeks.
I got this from Cathy Moore‘s site — See the Slide Show for starters:
“Dump the Drone slideshow […]
* What makes online courses boring
* How to create compelling characters and stories
* Ideas for adding ‘safe’ humor
* How to tighten flabby text
* The best uses for readability analysis
See the slides (HTML): Lots of fun pictures! Not much text.
Download the slides (5.8 MB PDF)
Download the handout (8-page PDF): Few pictures. Lots of fun text! ”
No, please don’t miss it. However, busy you are.