In an asynchronous ‘interview’, I was prompted to provide examples of elearning I liked. It was an odd list, with games, animations, etc, but one which I wanted to mention is Clive Shepherd’s 60 Minute Master’s (used to be 30 minutes, but it got longer ;). (Disclaimer, I, among others, contributed to the original wiki used to generate it.) I found an aberration requiring an enrollment key which he’s kindly removed, so now all you have to do is register (I haven’t received any unsolicited email yet ;).
This is a great service, as it’s designed not for the instructional designer (though many could benefit), but instead to be a quick course for SMEs to learn enough to be viable rapid elearning partners. It’s been done as a public service, yet it’s got an appropriate amount of polish, and some pretty good illustrations.
I’m, of course, thrilled to see them talk about hooking in the emotions at the beginning, providing guidance for augmenting and streamlining information presentation, about making meaningful practice, and about wrapping up. I recommend those who are developing online learning to have a look!