Day 8

Today was spent at BOCES, working primarily on online modules and training videos.  This is absolutely my favorite thing that I get to do in my job.  I enjoy the feeling of crafting something that will guide people from not knowing something to mastering it.  I particularly enjoy the online learning component, because there is so much control on both ends.  I can spend as much time as I need to revising and tweaking, and participants aren’t pressured to “get it” in the space of a 10 minute work period.

I’m struggling a bit to translate this training from a live course to online.  The structure has to change massively, and I keep moving things around to try to make it clear.  The problem is that it’s not a transparent product – it’s the sort of thing where you have to learn how it works, then at the end you get what it’s all about.  But people don’t want to slog through an online course without the motivation of that aha moment up front.  So I have to figure out a way to express what the tool does and how it will help them in a very short period of time.  

I’ve attended several presentations on the tool, and even in the space of an hour they didn’t convey a grasp of what it does.  So that’s the challenge I’m grappling with.  I need an elevator speech for this site!

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