There is a plethora of information to help you succeed in eLearning, but there are three mindsets that are hurting your eLearning courses.
1. Get Ahead of the Game
Success is how you spend your time. Dissect other eLearning courses. Look at existing design trends and try to understand their design principles. But make sure not to copy their work.
How can you accomplish this? Be influenced by other great designers. This means spending time on Pinterest, Behance, reading books, attending lectures, surrounding yourselves with eLearning that challenges you and brings excitement.
2. Fail Hard
- “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy”
- “Think outside the box”
- “Think Big”
These idioms all have one thing in common — taking risks brings great awards. But what they don’t say is you may fail a lot. I was once told, “‘C-students’ rule the world and ‘A-students’ work for them.” Why? They take risks, they don’t care if everything is perfect. They go all out and try something new, something different, and something people are craving.
By trying new things, you will fail occasionally. But if you learn from past mistakes, you will succeed more often.
Thomas Edison was not an educated man. He went to school for a total of 3 months and didn’t always have a clear understanding of how things worked. He knew just enough about filaments to try a few things until he succeeded. In his own words, he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.”
People like to be surprised by the unexpected. So do the same in your own work—fail.
3. Lessons Learned
In our company, each quarter we audit each of our past courses. We gather the team and we show our work on a projector. We discuss what succeeded and what we could improve. Some pain is involved. We write down where we failed and highlight the good points. From there we can create a game plan of the lessons we learned.
This helps us out tremendously and is a huge part of our success.
By adding these three ideas, you will take your courses to the next level.
What other mindsets have you embraced that you think may help others in eLearning? Share your thoughts below.