Halloween – a day we remember and honor the saints, martyrs, and the deceased faithful. A day known for activities such as transforming pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, visiting haunted places, exchanging frightening tales, and watching horror movies. It is the time people play pranks to frighten those around them.
This Halloween, as an e-learning professional, you should be aware of 3 snares that are bound to scare learners away from your online course.
1. Assign online courses to all learners
Ask all your staff members to complete the e-learning course, irrespective of whether they need to take it or not. Some learners feel miserable, as they find the technology-enabled learning content irrelevant, while others would curse you for assigning a course covering topics they are well-versed in.
In either case, you achieve the intended objective — delivering a harrowing learning experience. You can multiply the “misery effect” by writing unclear learning objectives. A great way indeed to celebrate Halloween, isn’t it?
2. Deliver lengthy e-learning courses
It’s a good idea to assign lengthy courses spanning 120 minutes to frighten your staff members this Halloween. Today’s learners have very short attention spans (a survey by Microsoft revealed most Gen-Y learners can concentrate well only for 8 seconds, while goldfish can remain focused for 9.) Your people would be overwhelmed by these long courses, and needless to say, this would result in a “painful” learning experience. You can compound their problems by inundating the course with text and using few images.
3. Ensure your courses are page turners
E-learning is an instructor-independent, self-paced learning format. Unlike a classroom training session, where a trainer engages the learner, online courses rely heavily on interactivities to ensure learners remain focused. You can trouble your people this Halloween, by delivering an e-learning course devoid of interactivities. Your learners will become tired of reading through the pages and are bound to have a harrowing learning experience. You can make the learning experience more appalling by restricting the navigation of the courses.
You can scare your people away from e-learning this Halloween, by assigning them online courses, irrespective of whether they need them or not. Make sure your e-learning courses are lengthy and contain no interactivities to deliver harrowing learning experiences. What are your plans for Halloween? Do share with us.