You throw together a lot of text on lots of screens and ask a question or two.
Is this not boring, True or False?
That, my friend, is the recipe for BORING. Boring means your learners (your customers!) are likely moving into click-through-mode:
Click, next screen, scan/listen, click, next screen, scan/listen.
Their brains turn off and thoughts of sugarplums… and dinner… crowds out your content. Click, browse, click, browse.
“But, Jerilyn,” you say, “What else am I supposed to do?”
Ahhh, great question. Thanks for asking. 🙂
I know it’s tempting to think, “Hmmm, don’t be boring… So then I’ll be entertaining!”
You’ve probably been to in-person training sessions when the trainer was a hoot. They cracked you up, they were Fun! Fun! Fun! There were toys on the table and lots of interesting interactions with your classmates. But when you look back you realize you just didn’t learn much of anything. Darn it.
You’ve probably also had a teacher who loved their subject. Every aspect of it. And they could drone on and on forever about it. B-O-R-I-N-G.
Are you either of those teachers? The fun! fun! fun! one or the professor writing furiously at their chalkboard, oblivious of their students? Or maybe you’re neither but want to do whatever you can to not be the gal/guy with the boring e-course.