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NogginLabs was founded on the notion that custom e-learning design and development is the ultimate horizontal industry. Time and again, each new project, client, and industry proves it. The biggest advantage of the e-learning horizontal is cross-pollinating ideas from two wildly different domains. A restaurant service simulation for iPad may influence a high-fashion online retail challenge. E-learning for financial advisors in a bank could inspire a mobile outreach program for cancer survivors. This variety also keeps the creative folks at NogginLabs fresh. Fresh learning ideas and designs come from a set of constantly changing constraints.

Even more weird instructional design ideas


Even more weird instructional design ideas

Matt Trupia

Literally no one wants boring training. But if you’re up for some risk and creativity, you can turn online learning into a legitimate, compelling experience. Let’s burn through a list of even more weird ideas, formats, and premises that just might liven things up.

How about a story? Give your learners something worth digging into with an unexpected narrative style or genre. Maybe a modern take on a saga or fable, where illustrated characters struggle with a challenge that leads them to a powerful truth about themselves. Or get dark and fantastical, like a chaos narrative set in a dystopian world that can only be saved by a brave team of heroes your audience can relate to. Or what if your training was a weekly cryptogram published on a secret internal URL that unlocks key knowledge when solved? Mystery is a powerful motivator.

Even if these are too out there for your crowd, think about a serialized story that weaves small narrative threads together each week, bolstering key themes of your learning objectives with detailed examples. Could be great.

Or get even more personal, like a digital diary that chronicles the inner thoughts of a character pursuing a noble goal. Compile some profiles of different voices from your audience, reflecting a range of experiences and anecdotes. You can edit them into a podcast with theme music and narration.

And there is always a place for striking visuals, design details or embellishments, and touches of added production value. How about a daily photo collage that evolves tonally from the current state of the culture to the desired state, with curated text captions that contemplate common objections or growing pains?

Not all of these will work with every kind of content, sure. And some require more effort than others. Just remember that juxtaposition, originality, and variety can all lead to vital and lasting learning moments. You can find a way to add good interactivity into almost anything. Try something that feels exciting to build - chances are you’re on the right track.