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When I was asked to write a course for ASOS, I thought – great – I’ve spent hours and hours trawling through their website for my outfits. They have everything from a “going to tea with the parents” outfit, to a “going out-out” dress. You need an outfit, they’ve got it. But when I found out the e-learning was going to be systems based, I was a bit gutted. Even as an Instructional Designer, I feel the dread of a systems course approaching like everyone else does. They’re hard to get excited about because they can be pretty boring… but not this one. I decided to make this one different.
As Learning and Development specialists we often get challenged to come up with new ways to help change processes, attitudes and work place cultures. We are given documents that spell out the changes, and for the most part they make complete and total sense. Facts in black and white that illustrate how the changes will improve ‘X’ or decrease ‘Y’.
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I have often wondered what it must have been like for my parents’ generation, needing to memorise things like phone numbers, directions, birthdays.