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What's So Bad About Boring e-Learning?

“Never Create Boring e-Learning Again.” That’s the title of a webinar I’m presenting next week. “No Boring e-Learning” is a statement we at Allen Interactions have been repeating for years. “The online modules we build are so boring” is a statement told and retold by my students who take the ATD e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program I frequently facilitate.


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[Free Webinar] Four e-Learning Design Practices to Leave Behind

When: Wednesday October 29th
Time: 1:00 - 1:30 PM Central
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The design and development of e-learning has evolved throughout the years and with that change there are practices still being done, which are woefully inadequate. Today, we have an opportunity to do so much more, and to offer such wonderful and engaging learning experiences to our learners.

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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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15 Tweetable Quotes from the Allen Interactions Conference

by , Marketing Communications Specialist

On Monday, we held our first ever Allen Interactions Conference. It was a wonderful day filled with insights from a few of our clients and members of our team. The day featured incredible keynotes from Michael Allen, our CEO here at Allen Interactions and Kimo Kippen, CLO of Hilton Hotels and Resorts. We were also lucky to have Tynea Valentine, Stephanie Crowe, and Ken Gregson join us and share their insights on how creating engaging e-learning has transformed training for their organizations.

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6 Things You Don't Know About Our Upcoming Conference

Here are 6 things you may not know about our upcoming conference, co-located with Training Magazine's Online Learning Conference, this coming Monday, September 22nd in Chicago.

1. Kimo Kippen to Keynote

We are honored to have client partner, Kimo Kippen, chief learning officer at Hilton Worldwide, join us on Monday. He will provide our conference closing keynote, Valuing Design & DevelopmentA CLO's Perspective.

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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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[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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[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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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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