Here are some of these mistakes – be ware of them and don’t make the same mistakes!
Borderline Perfection: Guilty of seeking perfection, I often delayed projects or stashed them away. “Perfect” became my nemesis, causing delays and unrealised creations.
Too Much Content: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy Halloween, fellow learners and designers!
I dare you now to share your worst mistake or skeleton in your closet!
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