The Three Big Blunders in E-learning Design and how to avoid them

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1.Do not add extraneous information

Greedo was that green alien Han Solo shot in Star Wars, that’s all you need to know about him. You don’t need his life story to get the movie. In scenario-based learning, it is tempting to add too much detail that does not support the learning objective.

Instead, keep only what supports learning

Kills Your Darlings

Learning is the thing, anything else is noise. KYD is an expression taught in creative writing. It means getting rid of anything that does not support the story, no matter how pretty or clever it is. The same is true when designing learning, everything must support the learning objectives.

2. Avoid unnecessary clicks

Big Maze, Little Cheese

Avoid needless clicks, flashy intros, voice-overs that can’t be muted, sub-navigation, or anything else that gets in the way of learning. If you use a click to reveal, make sure the reveal answers a question and does not just rehash the same material

Remove barriersto information

Who hasn’t been frustrated by customer service phone menus? Don’t do that to the learner. Give them the right information, at the right time, and in the right format, without punishing them. Keep your design simple and consistent. Each click should have value and purpose.

3.Avoid wordiness

Terms and conditions apply

Training, especially compliance training sometimes tries to pack so much into one shot – like a full spectrum vaccine. The worst is, at the end of this laundry list, asking the employee to certify they have read and understood everything. Activities and performance are the proof, not attestations.

Instead, use word economy


One topic at a time, reinforced by two approaches or lessons, with no more than three objectives per session. For example, this infographic has one topic (i.e., effective instructional design) it presents three learning points and explores each from two perspectives.

Hello how are you 

  • test
  • why
  • why is this happening like this?
  • The bullet points should come in the above paragraph
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