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Edmond Manning

Edmond Manning, senior instructional designer for Allen Interactions, has more than 20 years designing interactive e-learning experiences on instructional topics including: software simulation, medical ethics, supervisory skills, and selling/presentation skills, and gosh, a whole bunch of others. He has helped mentor and grow e-learning departments, worked as a business consultant, independent contractor, and instructed the ATD e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program for more than a decade. Edmond has a master's degree from Northern Illinois University in instructional technology.

Recent Posts

Once, When I was at Band Camp…

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

We remember stories.

Stories provide an organizing structure that makes the subject matter more relevant to learners and can maintain learners' interest throughout a lengthy module or course; the stories lend personal importance that can be lost when dealing with abstract facts and rules.

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11 Instructional Design Truths According to Cat .gifs

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

If the Internet has taught us anything over the last twenty-five years, it’s that every single event in the history of all humanity can somehow be represented by adorable cat videos. Why fight it? We present some common instructional design truths best illustrated by, you got it—those furry little monsters.

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Hold the Phone (training)—5 Questions to Ask First

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

Regularly, I see clients get excited about the possibility of using phones for training without considering their organization’s true readiness to jump into this technology. They just want it. They mask their quiet enthusiasm behind very serious professionalism, believing themselves quite reasonable when they say, “We’ve got to get IT in on this right now. We need their buy-in.”

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The Legendary Bad e-Learning at Sleepy Hollow, Inc.

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

Not far from this village, perhaps two miles, there is a little valley among high hills, which is one of the quietest places in the whole world. A small brook glides through it, with just enough of a murmur to lull one to repose. The occasional whistle of a quail, or tapping of a woodpecker, is almost the only sound that ever breaks in upon the uniform tranquility. 

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Turn Left at That Former Gas Station

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

When driving, I happen to get lost a lot, and I absolutely hate asking people for directions.

I would argue this is not the stereotypical male thing of being too stubborn, too testosterone-driven to break down and ask. Actually, the opposite is true: I want good advice from someone who knows the terrain.

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Five Tips to Battle E-Learning Project Constraints

By Edmond Manning, Senior Instructional Strategist

When I taught the e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate program for ATD, I would regularly encounter this complaint and question: 

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How Long Should it Take to Cook Up an E-Learning Course?

By Edmond ManningSenior Instructional Strategist

Quick! Answer this: how long will it take you to make dinner tonight? Without too much effort, you can probably form a quick answer. Thirty-five minutes. An hour. Or are you microwaving leftovers tonight, which means you set the microwave timer to 3:33 and wait until you see cheese explode through the glass door before you yank it out.

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What If We Reviewed e-Learning Courses Like We Reviewed Movies?

by Edmond Manning, Senior Instructional Strategist

What if there were e-learning critics just like movie critics? What if learners decided whether to attend our e-learning courses based on the quality of what we produced and critical reviews instead of being 'forced' by company mandate?

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3 Tips to Counter 'They Just Need To Know It'

by Edmond Manning, Senior Instructional Strategist

"They Don't Need To Do Anything, They Just Need To Know It."


Wrong, wrong, wrong.

When it comes to training, it's almost never about knowing. It's almost always about doing. When kicking off a project last year, I had a client vehemently disagree with this assertion.

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