I had this great idea this week, as I was designing and developing some learning that would be trained virtually. It was around having an Icon for the idea of “self assessments” instead of the words – that would later need to be translated. And so, I googled the term “self assessment icon” and got this:
Amused, I sent an email to my team telling them about what had transpired and what their thoughts were on this icon. I received an email suggesting that I use this:
to which another co-worker suggested we do this:
and when I showed them I was actually going to use something more like this:
I received this:
And this, my friends, is what being on a team is really about. Collaboration, fun, and a continual reminder to not take oneself so seriously.
I just had one of those light bulb moments for an instructional designer.
I’m working on a project that I was involved with 2 years ago. I know the material, vaguely, but the details are lost on me. The easiest way to explain it is that I’m creating leader content for general content that I did a few years ago – so to do this I need to reacquaint myself with some of the finer details and “how to” information.
My “come to Jesus” moment looked like this:
Me: hey, when and how does <this role> do <this action>?
SME: that’s covered in <this training>
Me: (inside my head) I don’t have TIME to take a 20 minute WBT, I just need the freaking answer
I wrote that 20 minute WBT a few years ago. It’s good stuff. It’s informative. I recommend it. But when push comes to shove I didn’t want to take it because I didn’t want 18 minutes of context to get the simple answers I was looking for fast to get another task finished.
This is good, as it reaffirms things that I believe about learning. But every time you affirm or learn, you have to act. My question is, “now what?”