What do you do when, as an eLearning developer, you hit a mental roadblock and cannot get inspired, no matter what you try? We all have situations like this (some of us more than others), so I would like to offer some tips for helping you get out of that rut and recharge with some fresh, new ideas. Read on.
- List descriptive words that come to mind. No right or wrong answers--just jot down whatever comes to mind. Some of the silliest ideas can be reworked into something usable.
- Think of what visuals you associate with the concept, and make notes and/or sketches about them.
- Use pencil/pen and paper to sketch your ideas, and try variations. Keep your sketches loose and not too detailed.
- Focus on the story or message, and don't get sidetracked.
- Use mind maps (a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts) to get ideas flowing. Start with a general phrase in the middle of the screen or paper. Then start connecting ideas.
- Create an outline, similar to a mind map, but in outline form. No sketching here, just your random thoughts in a structured format.
Next time: Resources for Inspiration