The Associated Press does some e-learning (and does it very well)

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.

Congratulations Associated Press.

Click here to see the multimedia piece (will pop up in a new window).

Reading the signs

Typical eye movement across a page
The track of a typical eye movement across a screen or page of text

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.