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Involve Me And I Understand: The Boomerang

In my blog, I preach the virtues of getting creative and engaging learners in your training design. And it dawned on me that all I’m doing is telling you, I’m not involving you. It seems I’ve been a bit hypocritical. Over the weekend I threw together a short elearning module in an effort to begin making amends to everyone who comes to this blog.

Back in May 2013, I wrote The Boomerang: Answering Questions with Questions. While my post was full of sound adult learning theory and wisdom, it was limited because I told you about the concept but I didn’t involve you.

Today, I invite you to experience the power of the boomerang technique by completing a short elearning module.  Here are a few screen captures:

Boomerang 1  Boomerang 2

It’s a short program, and it’s not the most amazing visual extravaganza you might find in the world of elearning. But it is designed to allow a learner to not just read but to become involved in and to feel the impact of his or her choices.

Developing elearning doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t need to just be a series of click-through-and-read slides. And it can be created quite quickly (this one took a few hours to put together using Articulate Storyline). As one reader commented following a recent post about PowerPoint vs. Storyline, you can even speed the development of elearning modules by importing PowerPoint slides into Storyline (I imported the office-themed background from a PowerPoint template I downloaded from the Articulate community).

As the old proverb goes: Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand. I’m hoping to involve the readers of this blog a little more often, if that’s all right with you.

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