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May is a magical time of year for many of us, when our minds turn to the women who raised us. On Mother’s Day, we honor the sacrifices of our mothers, as well as the nurturing and discipline they exercised to help us grow into decent people.

Not surprisingly, our mothers’ sage advice can easily be applied to eLearning situations. Here’s a sampling of motherly wisdom that you can use in your next eLearning project.

“Keep making that face and it’ll stay that way.”

Though making funny faces at your friends rarely results in you having permanently inside-out eyelids and a crooked grimace, it is true that what you repeatedly do becomes second-nature. Your brain and body remember those things that you practice so you can do them more easily and naturally in the future. Give your learners plenty of opportunities to apply each lesson and practice what they’ve learned.

“If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?”

You can’t be afraid to get creative and try something new. If a large group of eLearning experts are chasing a certain gimmick that the research just doesn’t support, you don’t have to follow the pack.

“No dessert ’til you finish your dinner.”

This one is a little more flexible than your mother may have led you to believe, at least in the eLearning sense, but it’s worth examining. Learners need to be engaged, and sometimes that means having something to look forward to. For children, that might mean incentivizing vegetables with the prospect of dessert. For learners, this can mean eLearning games, competition with their coworkers, redeemable points systems, or a myriad of other things.

What did your mother (or mother figure) teach you as a kid that guides your eLearning expertise today? Let us know in the comments!

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