What’s the best ID advice you’ve ever received?
One of my favorite bits of advice came from one of my professors at Purdue's Learning Design and Technology program, Dr. George Hanshaw. I doodled it onto a piece of paper that I keep at my desk.
- Think like a kid. Look at each project with new eyes and remove schemas that prevent a fresh perspective.
- Ask questions. Don't make any assumptions.
- Wonder 'What if?' What if the process worked like this? What if another person was in this role. Important to note though, it's not always appropriate to share your wonderings.
- Enjoy the process.
- Listen before doling out solutions!
Another of my favorites is a two-parter. Half comes from a Buddhist teaching that all of our words should be needed, nice, and true.
While reading Horton’s e-Learning by Design I discovered a surprising parallel! He notes that everything included in e-Learning should be clear, precise, and worthy.
I thought that made a nice little ID mantra, so also on my desk is an index card that says, “Clear, precise, worthy, needed, nice, true.”