An area in which it is especially challenging to find ways to create WOW learning experiences is in compliance training. This is often considered the "necessary evil" of the learning world. It poses the instructional designer with an uphill battle in that the content is usually not core to the target audience's work, and it is not generally compelling by nature. It is certainly not easy to make "lock out, tag out procedures" or "record retention policies" come to life in an eLearning module, but there are ways to do it. I have challenged my team to look for more opportunities to use story-based or game-like approaches, and to take advantage of our in-house graphic designer to include images, animations, or videos that can add visual interest and make learning points clearer.
I just came across this slideshare presentation from Cammy Bean at Kineo: Cammy Bean's Learning Visions: Compliance Makeover! In this presentation, Cammy provides 10 tips for giving compliance training a makeover. These tips represent the kind of things I'm asking my team to do to create WOW learning experiences. Thanks Cammy!