Six Ways to Avoid Crappy E-Learning

Screen after screen of text is what Kevin Gumienny refers to as “crappy” learning. Gumienny, curriculum coordinator for the Texas A & M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), says that there are some valid reasons for using this type of instructional design—it's easy to create and you can lock the navigation to track learners' time on the screen. But there are a lot more reasons not to do this. “People hate it. It's boring, it's dull. And it's not effective because if people are just reading and clicking through, they've marked their time, but there's no way to ascertain that they learned anything,” Gumienny says.

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