DIYEL #9 Be a gold prospector. Separate nuggets from the tons of dirt. This will serve your learners well.

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Most trainers and eLearning designers would go bankrupt if they were gold prospectors. Prospectors spend their efforts screening the few gold nuggets from the tons of dirt, pebbles and rock. On the other hand, typical trainers and eLearning designers “dump dirt” on the learners. They bury them in piles of irrelevant learning materials and loads of unnecessary information. Then they expect learners to find the gold nuggets for themselves.

Because of this “dumping dirt” practice, the training profession is losing ground to other ways to learn on the Internet. The learner is saying, “If I have to look for the answer in a pile of dirt, I might as well be in control and use other tools. Forget about the training program.” This is already happening today.

The problem of “dirt dumping” will soon be 10,000 times worse because of the swift and massive growth of knowledge and skills for training people directly.

Do-It-Yourselfers understand that to retain their worth (and their jobs), they must be skilled at filtering gold nuggets for the learners and sharing them.

(This is a series of post from my book “Do-It-Yourself eLearning 2009).

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Ray Jimenez, PhD

“Helping Learners Learn Their Way”