Watch Out for E-Learning Review Fatigue

Say the word, “green” out loud.  Now say it again.  And again.  It starts to sound funny, doesn’t it?  Green.  In the words of my niece when she was younger, it’s a silly word.

If we aren’t careful, we can have the same thing happen with our e-learning courses.  We review, ponder, debate, discuss, revise, and review again.  After a while, we can start over-analyzing things and spend too much time “polishing the apple.”

If you find yourself starting to question elements that seemed fine up until this point, try these few tips.

  1. Walk away for a while.  Work on something else.  Go home and look at it the next day.  Sometimes a little distance makes things clearer.
  2. Ask yourself if the concern you have REALLY matters.  Whether a sentence uses “on” or “upon” isn’t likely to affect whether or not your course assists in behavior change for your audience.
  3. Get a fresh set of eyes.  Have someone who can’t recite the content in their heads and doesn’t know exactly what is in paragraph 3 of slide 15 to take a look at it.

I’m all for course improvements.  Fix something that’s wrong.  Make something clearer.  Make something more precise.  But if we aren’t careful, we can spend too much time second-guessing our decisions and focusing on things that don’t really matter.

Green.  It’s a silly word.

Diane Elkins
Diane Elkins leads Artisan E-Learning, a custom eLearning development company specializing in the use of rapid- development tools. Diane has been in the eLearning industry since 2001, speaks regularly at national conferences about eLearning, and is co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series.

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