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Embracing the Serious eLearning Manifesto


Given decades of informative research on instructional paradigms, human learning, and performance measurement, it seems the burgeoning e-learning industry would have achieved enormous success in bringing each learner to a state of performance mastery economically and as quickly as possible.

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Overcoming One Size Fits All Learning

by Julie Dirksen, design consultant, @usablelearning

We are delighted to have Julie Dirksen as a blogger this week. Julie worked with Allen Interactions for nearly a decade as an instructional designer and currently is a design consultant for Allen Interactions in addition to her other clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to innovative technology startups, and major grant-funded research initiatives. Julie has more than 15 years of experience creating highly interactive e-learning experiences, is an avid blogger, author of Design for How People Learn, and a facilitator for ATD's Advanced e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program. 

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3 Ways to Put the Serious eLearning Manifesto iPad App to Work

The Serious eLearning Manifesto is meant to be a constructive, actionable document for developing quality learning. While the manifesto itself is not meant to be “learned,” there are plenty of tips and tools that can help you practice the principles of the manifesto in your real-world designs and projects. For instance, to help facilitate its impact you could create flashcards to memorize its values and principles, print up a poster and hang it high in the office, or even create a worksheet/checklist for reference on every project. 

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The Newest Guild Master: Michael Allen

The eLearning Guild presented Dr. Michael Allen with its Guild Masters Award, on October 29, at a ceremony held during the eLearning Guild’s Devlearn Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, NV. The Guild Masters Award recognizes an individual for consistently contributing to the elearning community in terms of both quantity and quality of content—and thus helps make the community a vibrant center for learning.

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[Michael Allen Webinar] e-Learning: Are You Serious?

Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern (60-Minute Session)
Can't attend? Register anyway. We'll send you the recording and materials after the event.
Cost: $ 0.00

If implemented correctly, e-learning can positively impact any organization. But so much of the e-learning created and invested in today relies on technology, and focuses on content instead of the learner and improving performance – the result – boring e-learning and wasted budgets!

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The Serious eLearning Manifesto: A Multidimensional Tool

Will Thalheimer, consultant and research translator, Work-Learning Research, Inc. | @WillWorkLearn

The Serious eLearning Manifesto is NOT a Jewel. It’s a Multidimensional Tool—if We Know How to Use It.

On the Serious eLearning Manifesto website you can read the endorsement statements of hundreds of elearning professionals throughout the world.

“I proudly endorse the Serious eLearning Manifesto. It is a brilliant document, not to mention a much needed one, that every professional in the Educational Technology arena should be familiar with and support.”

“I endorse the eLearning Manifesto! It is the best set of principles to date.  Bravo!!”

“AWESOME!  I support the Serious eLearning Manifesto and will do my part to live up to the 22 Supporting Principles and pledge to do my best to promote and support Serious eLearning! Thanks for putting this together. I look forward to the future of eLearning!”

Every time I go to the website and read the new endorsements, I get newly inspired. It gives me a great feeling to see how many people are dedicated to building great learning interventions.

Many of the signatories pledge to utilize the 22 principles in their own work and to encourage others to do the same. These sentiments are great, of course. But they are not enough. For e-learning to fulfill its promise, we also need to create second- and third-wave effects.

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eLearning Design: Raising the Floor (Not Lowering the Roof)

Clark Quinn, executive director, Quinnovation | @Quinnovator

A few weeks ago, my colleagues (Michael Allen, Julie Dirksen, and Will Thalheimer) and I launched the Serious eLearning Manifesto. Our goal, fostered by a growing dissatisfaction with the lack of progress in quality coming out of much of learning technology, was to put some rigor into what makes good elearning. So we established eight core values, with 22 principles that define good elearning―when to use it, how to use it, and how to evaluate it. 

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Join Us in Orlando at Learning Solutions 2014!

We hope to see you at eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions Conference & Expo, next week, March 19-21, as we gather to redefine training and technology, in Orlando! Even if you can’t attend the entire conference, you can still join learning colleagues at Learning Solutions―a FREE Expo+ registration gets you access to the Expo, Expo Reception, Expo Learning Stages, SolutionFest and the Learning Solutions Bookstore.

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