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Shakespeare Goes Interactive

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Jack McGrath

Jack is an instructional designer, inventor, screenwriter, dramatist, professor, speaker, and Shakespeare junkie, but you can just call him "The Bard." On the academic side, Jack earned a B.A. and Master of Liberal Arts from Rollins College (are you noticing a theme here?) and is currently studying Spanish at Valencia College. A long-time distance learning professor for Seminole State College and nationally-recognized speaker on eLearning, Jack stays busy both in and out of the office. He has been an instructional designer, producer, multimedia developer, writer and project manager on eLearning titles for organizations including YUM! Brand Restaurants, The Walt Disney Company, Chase Manhattan, among others. Spirit animal: Jackalope Diet-breaker: Boston Kreme donuts Comfort object: My office slinky (says something, right?) Personal vice: Chewing nails (usually just my own) Useless talent: Plays the harmonica (hey, it helped pay my way through college) Unreasonable paranoia: Very, very tall buildings Wishes more people cared about: Fulfilling their potential

Comments (1)

Rashid - March 20, 2013

What I understood from your post is that you are worried learners will be bored by traditional training. The materials themselves are boring in most cases and creating training which simply has the learner follow along is going to amplify that. From my perspective you need to put yourself in your learner’s position.

Assume that they needed to learn the material on their own without any online training or webinars. How would they go about teaching themselves? If the training is developed to facilitate self-motivated learning it’s more likely to be engaging and interesting.

I look at myself. When I’m faced with learning yet-another-application, I have a process which I have developed to keep me engaged, curious and interested. For me working in a new application I need to feel free to mess up. I need the ability to explore and not be punished for mistakes or changes I make. The more control I have over how I get to explore the application the more likely I am to be engaged and to retain what I learn. More than anything I need time, and a safe, or dummy-proof version of the application which allows me to try to figure things out on my own.

This is a real opportunity to create learning that you learners enjoy taking, to break out of the box and develop e-Learning which works!

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