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The Great e-Learning Bake Off: Lessons From the Holiday Cookie Exchange 

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist/ @ethanaedwards 

As the year winds down, I find myself preparing for the annual rituals that embrace traditions and mark the progress of time. So naturally, my thoughts turn to the Annual Allen Interactions Holiday Webinar.

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Three Tips to Avoid the “Dark Side” of Microlearning

By  Ellen Burns-Johnson, Instructional Designer /  @EllenBJohnson 

So you’re thinking about creating microlearning. Maybe your learners demand it. Maybe your superiors are giving you thinly-veiled suggestions. Maybe the Galactic Empire showed up at your planet and now you need to quickly train a squadron of rebels to fight back. Read More

Avoiding Ugly e-Learning: Lessons From Holiday Sweaters

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist / @ethanedwards 

'Tis the season of holiday sweaters—each lovingly created with good intent, sometimes gaudy, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes utilitarian, but rarely as beautiful as imagined. The same can often be said about e-learning course designs. We start out with the intention to create something uniquely satisfying for our learners, but after accounting for strained resources, limited time, imperfect development tools, complex subject matter, and unpredictable learners, we end up with something not quite as beautiful as we’d hoped.

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The Right Way to "Blend" E-Learning

By Steve Lee, Co-Founder/ Strategic Relationship Manager 

What is good blended learning? Is it just creating some e-learning modules to enhance your ILT? Is it an e-learning course with some live or virtual touchpoint? Or is it something that is truly blended that includes multiple modalities and a new way to teaching?

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Your Questions Answered: Getting MORE out of Subject Matter Expert Interviews

By Nicole Mellas, Instructional Designer

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of conducting a 30-minute webinar exploring how to get more out of Subject Matter Expert (SME) Interviews. For an overview on the topic, you might want to start by reading my original blogpost. Of course, in a mere thirty minutes it’s almost impossible to cover everything you want to cover and still have time for all of the great questions that are sure to follow. So, I’d like to take some time now to answer a few of the questions prompted by the webinar.  

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Ethan Edwards Answers Your e-Learning Design Questions

At Allen Interactions, we strive to be a resource for instructional designers looking to make better, more effective e-learning designs. These questions were submitted by attendees of Ethan Edwards' recent webinar "5 Secret Tips to Drive Impactful e-Learning Designs". If you missed the webinar and would like to view the recording, check out the on-demand webinar here. 

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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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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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