100 Not Out
In life, if someone reaches their 100th birthday it’s significant achievement. In cricket, to score 100 runs and still be batting is also a significant achievement. So when David Anderson announced the E-Learning Heroes Challenge #100, another significant milestone had been reached.
The challenges started back in 2013 and from a modest beginning, with just a few people sharing their demos, the number of people participating has grown significantly over time (to date over 2,300 demos have been shared). When I first came across them, I must admit that I thought they were a bit silly. They weren’t whole courses and while the examples were good, there was no way that many of the designs shared would be appropriate in my workplace. Plus, I was busy and didn’t really have the time anyway.
So I dismissed them without even trying to complete one myself.
In 2014, David and Tom Kuhlmann presented at a workshop in Sydney and they kept talking about practicing in order to develop your skills and that these challenges were a good way to do that. So I thought I’d give it a try (Visual Storytelling with Photo Collages #27 was my first challenge) and I realised that I was missing the point and I soon discovered how the challenges can be beneficial to you and your career. After all, if you want to be great at something you need to make the time to practice no matter how busy you are.
To celebrate 100 challenges, here are 100 reasons to give them a go:
- There’s a new one every week
- Participation isn’t compulsory
- Be inspired by other designers
- You can always complete older challenges
- Gives you a chance to practice
- Connect with other community members
- Demos only need to be a slide or two
- Showcase your skills
- Work free of the usual constraints
- You can suggest ideas for future challenges
- Develops your creativity
- Builds community
- Helps you run faster*
- Helps make you more visible in the eLearning space
- They’re fun!
- You can use PowerPoint to create your demo
- Helps to build your portfolio
- Get ideas from others
- Learn new skills
- Experiment with new ideas
- Cures baldness*
- Spend as much time developing a demo as you want
- Break old design habits
- Develops resourcefulness
- There’s no right or wrong way
- Give something back to the community
- You get to promote yourself
- Makes world peace possible*
- You can see how you’ve improved over time
- Develop friendships
- See how others interpret the same brief
- Try out new techniques
- You’re in control of the whole demo
- Helps you to lose weight*
- They can still be a work in progress
- There’s heaps of topics to choose from
- It’s free professional development
- You can make others happy
- Opens your mind to new possibilities
- Improves your IQ*
- There’s a recap each week of all entries submitted
- They only focus on a small part of a course
- You can test yourself against yourself
- Develops a show your work habit
- Proves that eLearning doesn’t have to be boring
*Individual results may vary.
Ok, I could only get to 45, so please help me get to 100 by adding to the list via the comments below.
A big thanks to David for starting the challenges, growing them into what they’ve become and for positively supporting everyone who submits a demo. Well done also to everyone who has been brave enough to share their work in public as many more have benefitted from you doing this and from seeing just how many talented folks work in this field.
To see a list of all the challenges, click here.
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