There comes a time when even the greatest instructional designer has a creative block. Although we have our various learning design principles to help us come up with good ideas, there are times when you are required to go beyond the conventional clicks and interactivities and come up with out-of-the-box ideas that will blow your learner’s mind.
In this post, we will explore a few tips that will help you keep your creativity flowing!
Collaborate: Good instructional designers don’t sit and wait for ideas to come to them; they go looking out for good ideas. They collaborate with other creative people and brainstorm. Two is always better than one. So, when you hit a rough patch, talking to other designers will help you find new perspectives or improve your existing ideas. These collaborations are not only a great learning experience but also provide an insight into the workings of a creative mind.
Iterate: Never expect to hit the bull’s eye on the very first attempt! Even the greatest inventions in history were made after numerous iterations. In the same way, don’t get disappointed when the first design does not meet your expectation. Iteration is the key to your eLearning design success. Iterating your designs to a state of perfection by continuous refinement will make you think harder and better, stretching your creativity in order to come up with groundbreaking eLearning courses.
Experiment: It is very easy to fall back on the tried and tested methods of creating an online course. But the grass is always greener on the other side. Always be open to experimenting with new ideas, and see where it leads you. If you succeed, there is nothing like it! However, if you fail, don’t be disheartened. Learn your lesson and move on. It takes great courage to try something new, and as the author Maya Angelou says “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be!”
Being creative is all about letting the artist within you to rise and create something magical for your eLearning courses. You will be surprised to see how your learners will appreciate your creativity and persistence.