Did you know that no two snowflakes are alike? Snowflakes form in a wide variety of intricate shapes, leading to the popular expression that “no two are alike”. Although statistically possible, it is very unlikely for any two snowflakes to appear exactly alike due to the many changes in temperature and humidity the crystal experiences during its fall to earth. (wikipedia) Because there are so many variables it is unlikely that I will ever see any two snowflakes that look the same. And because we cannot control the environment in which they are produced it very difficult to determine the outcome of its shape let alone try to predict the outcome. Sometimes we as developers (Instructional Designers) or eLearning developers feel bonded by management decisions we cannot control or influence but we can impact the outcome.
With our background experience in training and development and our foundational talents at using psychology to create course material we can still effect how the outcome of our course projects turn out. Unlike the creation of the snowflake we can control the variables in which we design, develop, and create our production material. As Instructional Designers we utilize our expertise in adult learning, development models, evaluative tools, and software implementation to successfully produce good transformative learning material for our clients, customers, and ourselves. As eLearning developers we use a systematic approach to training combined with authoring/development software to create learning online. These professionals use their many talents to work through the matrix of collaboration, decision making, meeting deliverables, and providing the highest quality of production material to train or teach highly skilled employees.