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[Upcoming Webinar] Never Create Boring e-Learning

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern
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Do you find yourself contributing to the mound of boring, content-driven page-turners that our industry continues to churn out in the masses? Do you want to invest more in your e-learning design process but feel that budget constraints, learning technology limitations, and time constraints have you stuck in the boring e-learning rut? If you are looking for an e-learning design model that is learner-centric and can be harnessed without regard to budget, resource and time constraints, and without tool limitations, look no further!

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The e-Learning Puzzle: Don't Feel DOWN; Get Your Message ACROSS

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist | @ethanaedwards

I wonder if you are like me and sometimes wish you had a chance to put your knowledge and training to a test. I’ve spent almost 30 years designing e-learning experiences and have rarely actually needed to take e-learning as a student. I’m convinced by observation and research that the ideas we preach are correct, but I realized recently how gratifying it is to have one’s convictions validated.

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Engaging Compliance Training: Is It Even Possible?

by Steve Lee, strategic relationship manager

Have you attended one of Allen Interactions many webinars on applying best in class instructional design based on Context, Challenge, Activity, and/or Feedback, better known as CCAF? If so, are you saying one or more of the following?

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Do You Know How to Create the Perfect e-Learning Challenge?

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist | @ethanaedwards

I taught a few sessions of ATD’s e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program this past month. I love the opportunity to share insights into what makes e-learning work with instructional designers, both experienced professionals and talented designers just getting their feet wet, with creating experiences to teach online. Part of the value of the experience is to encourage people to trust their instincts about learning and about online experiences.

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10 Invaluable Books for Instructional Design

By , senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate

Sure, we all know the classics that line the shelves of many an instructional designer. There are The Principles of Instructional Design by Gagne, The Systematic Design of Instruction by Dick & Carey and of course, Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels by Kirkpatrick. Most of these are likely required reading in a Master’s Degree program on instructional systems design.

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[Premium Training Webinar] 5 Strategies for Designing Dynamite e-Learning Challenges

Create Effective e-Learning Challenges

Effective e-learning design revolves around the successful use of the CCAF model of instructional interactivity—where interactions are made engaging through a use of meaningful context, compelling challenge, relevant activity, and content-rich feedback.  Crafting a great interaction requires thorough integration and mastery of all these elements and how they transform learner engagement. But, it can be difficult to grasp the power of this model unless we break down the individual elements.

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No Couch Potatoes: A Case for Making Training ACTIVE

by , instructional writer/designer | @EllenBJohnson

A passive learning experience can feel comfortable, but we don’t want our learners to “veg out” during training.

When stakeholders, SMEs, and instructional designers share a meaningful goal, it generates a lot of excitement in the room. I know we’re on the right track when I hear statements like these: 

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10 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Allen Interactions User Conference

By , senior instructional strategist | @LearnerAdvocate

The countdown has begun. The buzz is palpable in our offices. Our first ever user conference is right around the corner. So, here are the ten reasons why I believe you will want to attend:

1. Be Inspired

A bit of TED™, a dash of Ignite®, and a sprinkle of PechaKucha™. Throughout the day, you will hear from a select set of speakers (real Allen Interactions partners, respected business leaders, and of course Michael Allen) who are sure to inspire. During these brief presentations, they will share stories of challenges, successes, and most importantly real results. These speakers will encourage, engage, and motivate you.

The day will also provide inspiration through demonstrations of several award-winning, performance-driven courses (some never before demonstrated!). Seeing what is possible will help ignite your creativity. 

2. Become an Agent of Change

Allen Interactions thought leaders will offer strategies and techniques designed to move your courses beyond content-driven e-learning. Learn how you can use the instructional design model of Context, Challenge, Activity, Feedback (CCAF) to create learning that produces a real change in learner performance. Through discussions with our client partners, hear how they were able to initiate change in the type of learning offered in each of their organizations.

3. Collaborate and Network 

This is a day of collaboration and networking! You will participate in table team activities and discussions, making connections and gaining input from your peers in the field of adult learning. During the course of the day, you will have an opportunity to mingle with the crowd, meet Allen Interactions employees and create connections that will last long after the day has ended.

4. Set Yourself Free

Is your instructional design process or your development tool holding you back? Are you being asked to create courses faster, cheaper, and with greater appeal to learners? Learn how an iterative process shifts focus from analyzing and revising content for approval to designing and developing performance driven interactions. See how anyone can go from creating content to developing serious learning, without a degree in computer science.

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Making e-Learning Success Through Failure

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist | @ethanaedwards

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How to Blossom as an Instructional Designer

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist | @ethanaedwards

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