How can instructional designers design a course?
Instructional designing is a tough job.
The subject matter experts are there to guide instructional designers but often they want to provide all their information in the elearning module. Sometimes, this information is not relevant for the learners. So, how do instructional designers design the course? When the instructional designing course is long the learners are easily distracted. Even if they can complete the course, they don’t remember what they have seen. Instructional designers need to clear this gap between what subject matter experts know and how much information is needed by the employees.
Instructional designers can use a game-based model to solve the problem.
Problem no. 1: Information flood
The entire information which SME’s think is needed by the employees is not needed in an elearning module. The human brain does not have such a high processing capability. It can only get 7 or just 9 items at a time. So, how to provide this required information to employees.
Solution: Games provide a priority to knowledge
For instructional designing, you have to check the knowledge base of employees by giving them games. With games, employees have a new perspective. The employees start looking at content differently. They start understanding what is important for the elearning module. From such games, you get complete information about important performance objectives, how to arrange topics that have important information and discover lacking steps.
Games make sure that employees can reminisce all the information which they don’t have.
Games also pose questions to employees. In a game, you can include upto 25 questions so that employees can go through fact-checking. These questions check the facts known by the learners in the form of relevant questions.
When the game is played many times, a sufficient amount of information is gathered about where employees are lacking in terms of knowledge both as individuals and groups.
Problem no. 2:No input from the learners
Instructional designers don’t get time to interact with the employees about what information is needed by them for instructional designing. They have to rely on the instincts of the SME’s about what information is required by the learners. This is because instructional designers don’t have much time on their hands to interact with the learners.
Solution: Games make sure you talk with the learners
Games can’t make sure that you get more time with learners. However, you can engage with employees in a better way through them.
Through a game, employees can be asked about what are the problems faced at work by them. They can also help in designing a learning game for other employees. This way, you get a big idea about the training needs and then you can work with subject matter experts to add more ideas.
You can create a storyboard and ensure that the employees can test the sample storyboard and provide you with feedback. This way, you can develop the best storyboard required for the employees.
Using games is quite important so that you can create a mindset and create a storyboard from the point of view of employees rather than sharing all the content in elearning suggested by SME’s.