Friday, November 13, 2009

DIYEL #12 Why we love Slumdog Millionaire, Borat, the Gladiator and Casablanca.

Table of Posts

They are inspiring, absurd, ridiculous, insulting, heroic and romantic. But most of all, these movies work.

Training programs have become too sanitized and sterile, devoid of life and fun. They bore learners to death. Learners are often reluctant to attend training because it is like going to the dentist. No matter how much the dentist promises, “It will not hurt!” it will always involve pain, and it’s never fun! The kill-fun training approach stems from our history of sanitized technical writing practices.

Do-It-Yourselfers know that eLearning programs should not be as antiseptic as heaven or the dentist’s clinic. Add a dose of reality. Make them accessible for the everyday learner.

Make them inspiring, absurd, ridiculous, insulting, heroic and romantic.

(This is a series of post from my book "Do-It-Yourself eLearning 2009).

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Ray Jimenez, PhD

"Helping Learners Learn Their Way"

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