I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. Back then, the metaphor was a deck of cards and each card was a 640×480 screen’s worth of content. Due to the technical constraints it became a law that “pages must not scroll”. The idea that you might allow scrolling was to many an Instruction Designer taboo.
It’s a new world out there for the Instructional Designer. It’s an entirely different canvas, with new colors on the pallet. It’s no longer about producing 3-ring binders, or monolithic eLearning. It’s about harnessing the new ways of learning that are enabled by a new breed of technology, and a cultural shift in how we use it.
Many people are unaware that there are cultural differences in the way people across the world teach, learn and disperse content and material. Thus, people everywhere are seemingly forced to learn based on Western ideologies. Naturally, when the way people are being taught and the way they need to learn do not coincide, effective learning cannot happen. Xyleme was lucky enough to get one of the world’s leading teachers on culturally appropriate instructional design involved in our latest podcast to answer common questions around cultural differences.
Ellen Wagner is picking up the discussion from her podcast on Becoming a Learning Technologist, and she is tackling the issue of learning content reusability. She is recommending, from an instructional designer’s point of view, a set of best practices when designing learning content for reuse. The end goal is for content to be developed once and assembled and delivered at the moment of need via the most appropriate channel for the learner, be it ILT, e-learning, m-learning, and so on.