I’ve been working on pulling stuff together for an instructional design workshop. It’s not e-learning 2.0 at all. And, it’s not 1.0 (which says “old, out-of-date” to me). It’s not “101” or “boot camp” either – not introductory. I’ve decided it’s classic. Interesting word classic is.
When something is really funny or stupid and memorable, we call it classic.
That was classic!
If it’s particularly funny (or even disturbing), we might intensify it and emphasize the classic:
That was freakin CLASSIC! or That was CLASSIC, dude.
When someone is a classic we’re generally poking fun at him or her:
That Nancy, she’s a classic.
Or poking fun and laughing:
Did you see that? That was classic Ron!
When something is truly classic, we hold it up in admiration.
That dress is a classic.
The architecture is classic.
This is classic jazz.
We like to reminisce about classic moments:
Remember that…it was a classic. (usually includes an audible sigh)
Sometimes classic is used to berate:
This is yet again another classic example of you not getting things done on time!
What about the instant classic? You know it when you see it.
That movie is an instant classic.
In technology, classic points to simpler times:
That toaster is a classic… (because it still has mechanical knobs)
What’s classic in our industry? What do you reminisce about, what do you laugh about, what do you want to remember, and what/whom do you admire? What’s the last instant classic you remember? What do you berate?
I think sometimes we dismiss the classic. Our conversations focus on what is emerging, what is new. If I were to hyperlink to something as ‘ancient’ as 1999 what would you think? I think it’s as important to study where our industry has been as it is to understand what’s emerging. Do we understand why structuring or scaffolding is important in creating social networks?
My classic “learning” moments…
Funny & memorable…
Self-paced e-learning done in a group, in a room, at the same time. (Let’s all read together!)
Particularly funny & memorable…
Synchronous training bloopers…mute means you’re muted not me.
When the training room was prepared more than 24-hours ahead of time I knew who the trainer was…and, the binders were a giveaway too.
Classics I hold up in admiration…
Vygotsky and his zone of proximal development
Classics I reminisce about …
Cigarettes & ashtrays in the training room
That time I tripped down the stairs leaving a hotel when my flipchart easel caught some wind. (No, really I’m ok. That’s not blood I’m wiping off my knee, it’s pride.) Or, that time we…
Classics I berate…
Bad, boring e-learning created today
What is classic instructional design?