A fantastic article I just read on Yahoo News about the volcano in Iceland included the interactive multimedia piece you can click to below.
It’s clear. It anticipates and answers all of the major questions, including the “Why should I care?” question we all ask ourselves in the first three seconds. It tells the story in a logical way and features an easy to figure out user interface.
If you needed compliance reporting, you could use this as is — just add an invitation, tracking and a knowledge-check/acknowledgement question at the end. Though probably not intended to be, this is, I think, a great example of rapid e-learning at its very best.
I am in the middle of a series of signage articles on Slate. The first article in the series, The Secret Language of Signs, is worth reading and got me thinking in a number of different directions.
One road it sent me down was the idea that we are always looking for signs that reinforce our feelings of exceptionalism, be they political, professional or personal. Being special seems to be a psychological imperative.
In the learning and development world, we go so far as to grant post-graduate degrees in instructional design, incorporating ideas from graphics, psychology, organizational behavior, adult learning theory and various bits of technology research and development, among other specialty areas.
In 1965 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones wrote Get Off of My Cloud, a rant against the buttoned down pre-hippy status quo of the mid-60s—the cloud in the title being of course that heavenly fluff on which Mick and Keith (mostly Keith) pined to float away to a bright new, sunshiny day.