Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Parachute? eLearning by Parachute? How are you bringing your learning to your students?

grilled_cheese_parachuteI don’t know if you have heard about the “float down eatery” in Melbourne which brings you your lunch in the most delightful way? Doesn’t grilled cheese sandwich tethered to a parachute and delivered right you sound ingenious? I wish I could try out this “float down” food trend, or “gravity controlled melted cheese delivery mechanism!” Check out Ben Chiller’s article on Fast Company, This Grilled Cheese Restaurant Delivers You Your Sandwich By Parachute.

In terms of eLearning how are we bringing our designs to our learners? Are we taking the technology out of the equation? Are we building road blocks to them receiving the content? There is so many ways that this analogy can transcend our discussions about eLearning.

Where I am pondering the analogy is that I firmly believe that there is value added to learners learning when they are able to access the learning with something that is already integrated to their lives. When they are learning this way they are exploring something that they are interested in. I personally love to learn this way and not be forced to an LMS. Learners want the learning to come outside of the classroom and into their pockets.

Learners are social and want to stand on a spot marked with X and have their sandwich delivered to them and stand around in amazement and watch others eat. It is fun. It is interesting. It is engaging. And I will even go so far as to say … it is life and how we have been learning since we were born.

What do you think? How are you bringing your learning to your students?

About DaveHallmon

With experience in web, graphic, and instructional design, Dave maintains a balance between what is efficient and effective in every message. He always focuses on the why and how rather than "just doing it" to get the job done. By day he works at a leading university designing online courses that support 9,000 students in 64 countries. He works directly with faculty to brainstorm, design, and develop their online instruction utilizing the Adobe suite. He also teaches for the university as an adjunct faculty member in the area of web design. By night he is a devoted husband, father, freelancer, and adventurer of the outdoors. His other interests include LifeHacker, Science Fiction and Hayao Miyazaki movies, Settlers of Catan, and coffee with friends. He currently lives in St. Louis and has an M.S. in Instructional Design and aspires to pursue a professional degree in content marketing and strategy. Visit the links below for more information about his interests and design work.
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