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Monday, May 5, 2014

Why your eLearning course should be more like Justin Timberlake

So you are probably thinking, “What the heck do Justin Timberlake and your eLearning content have in common”?  The answer: more than you might think. Being a triple threat is not only good for business, it also guarantees you are creating engaging content.  For Justin, he can sing, dance and (arguably) act. So how can you transform your eLearning into a triple threat?


Singing is a form of communication. Think of your content as lyric building. Your content should accompany your objectives like the verses of a song. Your verses should build up to your chorus (or catch line) delivered with so much emotion (or cleverly crafted wordsmith) that your learners will want to belt it out. An easy way to include singing into your course is to add audio. Adding audio will serve as a method to communicate additional information while visually keeping just the main points on screen.

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Dancing is a combination of movements. Maintain a chasse (do not forget to match the tempo of your song with the style of your dance). Incorporating them properly can create a steady learning transfer. Incorporating them improperly can also result in a free spin. Remember; do not leave your learner to do a solo performance. eLearning should be a partnered experience. By adding animations and video into your course, you can create tantalizing movements.

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Acting is a way to convey a story to an audience. Be sure to pick the right cast and add props and costumes to help with the learning experience. Try creating a character with emotional relevance and a sense of familiarity to ensure he/she gets a callback in another lesson. Scenarios are brilliant ways to include characters and tell a story.

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