It was a rainy afternoon when the ten of us entered a Chinese restaurant known for great food. The patter of rain on the roof added to the cozy atmosphere inside. My companions were all eLearning designers and developers, so the conversation was brilliant and witty. After finishing our meal, the waiter served a plate of ten fortune cookies.
Each person took a turn reading their fortune as our faces turned from surprise to amazement. You see, every one of those fortunes related in some way to the design of learning experiences. Some were predictions and others were pithy sayings. We sat there dumbfounded, unsure of how this could happen. Here are the fortunes we were served:
We all felt just a little humbled as we were reminded of the mysterious ways the universe works. As we left the restaurant, no one said a word.
Important Note: This fictitious story is the answer to the #blimage challenge posed to me by Jane Bozarth (See her response to another image). The challenge was to write something about learning based on the fortune cookie photo she selected in the upper left. Here’s how this works, according to Steve Wheeler. “You send an image or photograph to a colleague with the challenge that they have to write a learning related blog post based on it. Just make sure the images aren’t too rude. The permutations are blimmin’ endless.”
Connie Malamed says
Thanks, Karen. I like the way you phrased that!
Karen Clare says
Hi Connie: Your last cookie nailed it. Being genuine and personable paves the path to learning.
Connie Malamed says
I had been looking at real fortune cookie fortunes to get the right tone and I saw one about being mischievous, which inspired that fortune. By being mischievous, I meant adding surprise, humor or breaking the rules in order to make the learning stick and to make it fun. So much eLearning we make is boring and dull, I was trying to get at the concept of pushing the envelope. The worst that can happen is your client or stakeholder rejects the idea.
Mae Golden says
Hi Connie! This post was funny and very different; definitely must remember these. Please explain what is meant in the fifth cookie, ‘Be mischievous and your learners will love you’.
Akshay Anand says
Excellent share 🙂
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