At NogginLabs, we believe constraints force innovation. But there's one e-learning design constraint that we've never been able to work around: We have to design e-learning in the present. No matter how hard we try, no matter who the client, no matter how high the project budget, we've never—not once—built an e-learning course in the historical past.
Now, we've talked about e-learning in the future. And of course, we all know that time travel has many associated dangers. Ancient diseases ravaging unprepared immune systems. Universe-shattering ontological paradoxes that could rend the very fabric of space time. Some truly bonkers seasons of television.
But we spent some time thinking about a better use of time travel. What if we could make e-learning and send it back through history to help our ancestors? To put right what once went wrong? Here are just a few examples of the good we could do:
They say Rome wasn't built in a day—but maybe they just lacked sufficient training. We could use hands-on interactivity and performance support to help Romans develop key construction skills and improve efficiency along the way! Romans can practice building their very own aqueduct, learn their plinths from their porticos, and before the day is over they'll be chiseling their own acroteria all over town!
One of the best ways to help your learners grow is by letting them make mistakes in a safe environment. Say you want to help the naïve, supercilious Queen of France and Navarre understand how to respond to reports of nation-wide famine and strife. Instead of leaving her to her own devices, you can correct behaviors with engaging exercises and targeted feedback to develop her critical thinking skills about the probability of widespread cake access. This e-learning course could help her put on her thinking cap—or, at least, her thinking wig.
This course is the hottest thing in nano-learning. Mobile-first and optimized for young learners with short attention spans, this course is literally just a single screen instructing you that no, you should not wear acid-washed jeans. No one ever should have. At any time. Of all the grievous historical tragedies we might have been able to prevent with e-learning, this one haunts us the most.
These are just a few of the world-altering things we could have accomplished with e-learning in the past. Let us know if you've got any other ideas!