Each week, Articulate presents an e-Learning challenge. Although I try to keep up with them sometimes life can just get in the way. Well, this week I found a few hours of free time and decided to browse through the recent challenges that I’ve missed. In doing so, I found one called, Design a Cover Slide for the Oddest E-Learning Course Title of the Year #73.
The challenge for the week was to:
- Share an odd or silly title for an e-Learning course
- Design a course cover slide using your silly title
The title for my entry this week is: Creating E-Learning Disasters (CED): Master the Use of Bullet Points, Random Images, and Needless Animations.
Is the title catchy? I’m not sure but, here’s how this project came to fruition. I started by looking for an image that I could use as a backdrop for the title screen of my course. One that really spoke to me was the picture of a tornado coming down the middle of the road. Perhaps it was retrieved from the subconscious mind back from my days growing up in Tornado Alley or possibly a movie I saw several years ago. Once I had my image selected, it was time to come up with a title.
As I looked at the image, it just had disaster written all over it… but what kind of disaster? Disaster can be a very serious subject and this is an e-Learning challenge by the way. After a few minutes (or maybe an hour or so) and a few attempts at humor, I settled on the title: Creating E-Learning Disasters (CED): Master the Use of Bullet Points, Random Images, and Needless Animations.
As e-Learning designers, I know we talk a lot about avoiding bullet points, using images for the sake of images, and inserting animations that add no value to the learner. On the other hand, is it possible there might have been a course at one time that taught this? Do those who create this type of e-Learning come by it naturally or is it derived from years of self-study taking courses like this one? Those questions may never be answered but, in the meantime it was fun creating a twist on the subject.
Enjoy the upbeat music (designed to put the learner in a great mood at the start of the course), the beautiful imagery, and of course, click on the links! As always, click the image to see the demo and let me know what you think.