10 Powerful Principles for Creating Impactful e-Learning

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
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The shared perspective of learners and designers about e-learning is that much of it is not very good: it's boring, the interactions don't teach, the media are unhelpful, and so on. This is despite the fact that well-meaning instructional designers are following long-established models and doing exactly what most authoring tools have made easy. When pushed, many designers know what they are doing is flawed, but there's little guidance on how to do anything better. Many learners find that e-learning courses are not complex or difficult to achieve—designers need to focus on the essential aspects of learning that have been overlooked in the haste to rely on technology alone.

In this webinar, Ethan will share 10 straightforward and powerful principles to guide e-learning design. The principles focus on feedback, learner actions, usefulness of templates, motivation, risk, and content. Appropriate for any content and applicable to any authoring tool, these principles will empower designers to make concrete design changes that will improve the impact of their e-learning courses.


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Ethan Edwards draws from more than 30 years of industry experience as an e-learning instructional designer and developer. He is responsible for the delivery of the internal and external training and communications that reflect Allen Interactions’s unique perspective on designing and developing meaningful and memorable e-learning programs. Ethan is the primary instructor for ATD’s E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program. In addition, he is an internationally recognized presenter on instructional design and e-learning, has written several whitepapers on creating effective e-learning, and regularly writes for Allen Interactions’s E-Learning Leadership Blog. Ethan has a master’s degree and significant doctoral work in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Find Ethan on Google+.