Though the advent of email and text messaging have significantly decreased the amount of handwritten mail we send and receive, as long as we have a need for physical goods and objects, we will need some kind of delivery service. Though deliveries probably won’t always be conducted directly by humans (self-driving cars and drones are already being tested), deliverymen and women are secure in their work for the time being.
Because of the “Point A to Point B” nature of the business, it’s easy to oversimplify delivery services and the role they play in our society. But the movement of parcels and, as you were probably anticipating, the eLearning metaphor that accompanies it are more complex than that.
Plan a route ahead of time
With so many packages arriving and leaving from various locations, every delivery person needs to traverse a carefully plotted path in order to make their time worth it. Every parcel needs to be carefully stacked within the truck to enable their quick handling and movement to their final destination.
In much the same way, a course needs to not only have all the right bits of information, those bits have to be in the right configuration if they are to have the right impact. A few surprises could be okay, but your objectives should be clear from the get-go. For instance, you wouldn’t train someone how to repair a very specific piece of mystery equipment, only to tell them what they were working on at the last minute. “Oh you thought you were fixing a fax machine this whole time? Surprise, son! You just assembled an ICBM! Duck and cover, bro!”
Follow traffic laws
Any business that makes its money transporting goods and people would be well-served to follow traffic laws. For one thing, it avoids unnecessary conflict with the law, but more importantly, it’s safer. A mail truck rumbling along the sidewalk might deliver packages a bit quicker, but at what cost? When it puts everyone and everything in its path in grave danger, it doesn’t matter how many deliveries it makes. It’s a menace to the public. Plain and simple, the best delivery person is the one who follows the rules.
eLearning developers should know the rules of SCORM. Doing so, they ensure that the course is accessible to everyone. A course that is not coded to SCORM technical standards will have a hard time running on different LMSes. It would be a bit like trying to play a video game disc on a regular DVD player. The DVD player doesn’t use the same software and protocols that the game disc does. SCORM is the industry standard that allows compliant courses to play well on different LMSes.
While no one wants a game made of their package deliveries, per se, the delivery system makes for a great game to help test knowledge. Turning your eLearning into a game can even help with learner engagement. In Delivery Challenge, your learner will travel around town answering questions and making sure the packages (or rather, the correct answers) get delivered! This game, along with many others, is available with our Template Library subscription.
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