Facing My Learning Design Ghosts: A Halloween Confession

As Halloween creeps in, I decide to face my learning ghosts. I reveal the spine-chilling truth: my learning design closet is a graveyard of past mistakes. These skeletons and ghosts, more frightening than Chucky, have taught me some valuable lessons. Read my Halloween confession!
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Here are some of these mistakes – be ware of them and don’t make the same mistakes!

πŸ’€ Borderline Perfection: Guilty of seeking perfection, I often delayed projects or stashed them away. “Perfect” became my nemesis, causing delays and unrealised creations.

πŸŽƒ Too Much Content:Β Once drowning in a sea of content, I realised that “too much” can drown learners. The trick? Link content directly to learning outcomes, serving a purpose rather than overwhelming your audience.

πŸ‘» Underestimating Myself: A haunting phase of undervaluing my skills and pricing. Naming my worth seemed daunting. The trick? Research, ask questions, set a price, and stand firm. Knowledge empowers negotiation.

πŸ¦‡ Trying to Do EVERYTHING: Falling into the “do-it-all” trap, I juggled everything but burnt out. The remedy? Prioritise tasks and delegate when possible. Quality trumps quantity.

πŸ§™β€β™€οΈ Overdosing on Tech: Fascinated by tech, I often overcomplicated courses. But simplicity is key. Choose tech wisely, align it with learners’ needs, and don’t let it overshadow the content.

πŸ•·οΈ Unknown Audiences: Designing without knowing my audience? Catastrophic! To treat this, I always conduct the audience research trying to understand their needs and challenges. Turning to the Universal Design for Learning is also a good strategy, but never instead of audience analysis.

🌩️ Misaligned Objectives: Jumping straight to content? No more. Now, I carve objectives first. Clear goals guide the way, making content creation purposeful.

🎈🧨 Armed with these treats and tricks, I’m ready to face these ghosts head-on. But learning design thrives in a community. After unmasking these phantoms, I seek guidance, share insights, and embrace growth. Remember, your milestones, no matter how small, deserve celebration. Stay positive, stay energised, and rest.Β 

Happy Halloween, fellow learners and designers! πŸŽ‰πŸ•ΈοΈ

I dare you now to share your worst mistake or skeleton in your closet!Β 

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Make sure to check out my other posts related to planning online courses, designing and developing learning content and delivering training. I share strategies and tools that you can use and many practical tips.Β 

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