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Wow! Serials are really trending. The most popular example is “Serial” – a podcast that is delivered as a serial (shocking I know) – it’s a fabulous model for learning. People who are captivated by the story and the approach are creating their own “study” groups to discuss and analyze the new findings. It provides a great example of learning that is pushed out to an audience, but additional learning is pulled from the accompanying web resources (and the study groups). It’s fascinating. It’s compelling storytelling so it might be successful because it’s done well. Good pacing, moody background music, great interviewing. Plus, everyone loves a mystery.
Over the past few months, I’ve also seen some courses or modules being delivered by via email on some kind of schedule (serial) sometimes called:
Email newsletters have been around forever, but these take the notion further, it’s not just a grab bag of interesting content, but content with instructional goals, delivered with intent to teach something. There’s something anticipatory about waiting for your installment. The examples I’ve referred to below are not stories, but that would be a very interesting approach.
This Explains Everything (how could you NOT sign up for this?) – this is a course that features a range of experts and provides you insights on product psychology. It’s more of a curated list, but each week in your inbox a new module is sent about social psychology, brain science or design thinking.
“Creative instructional design lessons” can be delivered to your inbox from Ever Learning. The topics include “Use Learner Personas to design learning experiences” and “Digital technology is like a bicycle for the mind”. The lessons aren’t long, and it’s the kind of email that you like to open because you are going to learn something.
If you want to create your own – you might want to check out: How to create a self-paced email course. The part I like about this explanation is it establishes a way to set autoresponders to send the next lesson when the current one is marked as finished, so you can automate it, but also match the pace of the person taking the course. Which may not make it serialized, but still a subscription.
What do you think? Are these a viable option or a fad that will quickly fade? Got any great examples to share – leave a comment.