Lately I’ve been working on identifying some alternative and cost-effective ways for delivering training. It’s an important area of focus for my group right now.
So tonight, while reading through some white papers, elearning blogs, books and forums, I received a joke via email. As someone who loves (and welcomes) interruptions, I opened and read it. The joke wasn’t the least bit funny, but that’s not the point. The point is, the joke was creatively designed.
The joke was text-based but to get the punch line, you needed to click-drag your cursor between two asterisks. The space between the two asterisks was filled with a white-colored font that, once selected, revealed the answer.
I wonder how such a technique could be used as part of a follow-up to an ILT or elearning course? Could such a format be effective simply because it’s different and unexpected? Could it have adverse effects if perceived as a gimmick?
Here’s a quick example I put together:
Three Sources of Leadership Power
To be a successful leader, you must understand where power comes from and how best to develop it. There are three sources of power for becoming an effect leader.
The three sources are:
(For the answer, click-drag your cursor from star to star)
* 1. Role power 2. Relationship power; 3. Knowledge power *
OK, so it won’t be part of any formal learning program and you could only get away with it a couple times a quarter, but what a fun and creative way to deliver short, targeted questions for learning.