10 Ways to Ruin Your e-Learning

Ethan Edwards, Allen Interactions

Updated Learning and Development


We’ve all sat through a poorly designed e-Learning courses: slides that give no context or are too packed with information, narration that merely reads┬áthe words on the screen without adding any additional information, difficult navigation or a presentation hampered by needless visuals or formal jargon.

Often, the reason for these and many other e-Learning mistakes is that course creators are following commonly-held practices without realizing these same practices are making their e-Learning courses a mess.

This e-book by Allen Interactions covers ten ways common e-Learning design practices may be hurting your presentations and how to fix those design mistakes to make your e-Learning presentations more effective.

What You’ll Find

10 commonly-held practices that will ruin your e-Learning:

  1. Create your e-Learning by converting PowerPoint slides from an Instructor-Led course
  2. Record verbatim the words that are on the screen
  3. Add navigation buttons, but never let the learner back up or move forward until the audio stops
  4. Write e-Learning to be an exhaustive treatment of the content
  5. Welcome the learner with a formal statement of learning objectives
  6. Limit your interactions severely to accommodate the Learning Management System data standards
  7. Score and record every action the user takes
  8. Use a photo of a person and a speech bubble to introduce all textual statements
  9. Use standard templates for screen layout
  10. Explain every function and nuance of the interface before letting the learner begin the course

Download the e-book 10 Ways to Ruin Your e-Learning by Following Commonly-Held Practices


  • Would you add any other commonly-held e-Learning practices to this list? What problems did you see and how would you fix them?

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