Every week, Dave Anderson of Articulate poses a different e-learning challenge. This week, the challenge is “10 Things Instructional Designers Hate to Hear“. Click the link to read the essences of the challenge.
Off the top of my head, here is my list:
- No, you don’t need the SME’s contact information. Everything you need is in that 495 page PDF I just placed at your desk.
- When? How long do you think you need to just make that 495 page PDF on your desk into a course? I could do it in a day! (and I’m always thinking…fine, you do it then).
- Talk to the actual users? Why? That 495 page PDF on your desk tells you everything you need to know in order to train them.
- Of COURSE we need a course! If we just emailed a job aid, how can we tell they actually learned everything in the 495 page PDF on your desk?!?
- Yes, I agree you should probably touch on what they need to do with this information. But the really interesting stuff is the first 490 pages of the PDF on your desk describing the history of everything.
- Can you dress up the course with some pictures or clip art…you know, those string people? I couldn’t figure out how to include them in that 495 page PDF on your desk.
- Why do we need a kick-off meeting with the SMEs, actual users, and everyone? Everyone already knows you’re going to take the information in that 495 page PDF that’s gathering dust on your desk.
- I know you just finished turning that 495 page PDF document into a course, but I just learned from the SME that was an obsolete document. You’ll need to start over with this 1023 page PDF.
- Soft copy? Of the 1023 page PDF? Why do you need a soft copy of anything? Can you just copy and paste?
- Oh yeah, we’ve just decided that people need to pass quizzes at the end of each of the 50 chapters in that 1023 page PDF. You can just whip that up tonight, right?