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Introduction

Introduction

Think about the best learning experience you’ve ever had. What was it like?

Got one? I’ve asked this question dozens of times, and gotten a variety of answers. Sometimes the answer is that someone was really passionate about what they were learning, but the most frequent answer is:

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Nobody ever says “I had the most amazing textbook” or “There was this really great PowerPoint deck!”

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That suggests that a lot of what makes for a great learning experience is not about the content, but is about the way the content is taught. In fact, a class can cover the same material but be very different, depending on how the material is taught:

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So what’s the special sauce? How are the two experiences different? When it’s two different teachers, some of the differences are due to personality or charisma, but those aren’t usually the only differences. And when it’s an e-learning course, there’s no teacher at all. How is a really good e-learning course different from just reading a textbook online?


  

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