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You Asked. We Listened: Your Top e-Learning Design & Development Challenges

By Vice President - Training & Marketing | @rhillsites 

A few months ago, I posted a blog asking all of you to share the critical challenges you often face when designing and developing e-Learning. 

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"We Don’t Need No Education”—L & D Heuristics from 6 Famous Movie Quotes

By Gerald Matykowski, Inside Sales Manager  

Recently, I reviewed responses to surveys completed by ID professionals who are active on the Allen Interactions website. The surveys collected information from respondents about major challenges that interfere with doing their job well. Perhaps you were a contributor to one of these surveys. It shouldn’t surprise you that the most typical aggravations include:

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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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Responsive e-Learning and Milton Berle’s Glasses

By Gerald Matykowski, Inside Sales Manager

I am a relatively new employee at Allen Interactions and delighted to be here. In my role as Inside Sales Manager, I am challenged on a daily basis to apply my instructional design, sales and entrepreneurial experience developed over the last three decades. I provide support to our Strategic Relationship Managers and to those of you who come to us for resources and custom services. As I settled into my role at Allen Interactions and began talking with instructional designers about their existing and upcoming challenges, I started noticing history repeating itself. Today, instructional designers face challenges very similar to those encountered in the early 1980s, when the computer-based training space emerged. Let me share some history before I offer an example.

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Why Do We Continue to Perpetuate & Promote Ineffective e-Learning?

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist | @ethanaedwards

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Today's eLearning: Michael Allen & Experts Say "Enough is Enough"

Working diligently, a band of well-known learning industry authors have said “enough is enough” with the state of today's elearning. While there are a few shining examples of instructional design, a large percentage of elearning created today is woefully inadequate. Instead of deep and meaningful learning, most elearning encourages learners to stay away in droves, unless of course the training is mandatory. Many elearning developers and designers say they want to do better, but struggle to put that desire into practice. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Michael Allen, along with learning experts Julie Dirksen, Clark Quinn, and Will Thalheimer, has decided it’s time to be disruptive! “For many years, the four of us have been deeply concerned about the state of elearning,” states Will Thalheimer. “We’ve talked about it, lamented it, grumbled to each other, and wondered how things might change. Finally, we have decided to do something about it. The Serious eLearning Manifesto is the result.”

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Four e-Learning Design Practices to Leave Behind

by , vice president - training & marketing | @rhillsites

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Freedom from Wasted Training: The e-Learning Bill of Rights

by Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist

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7 Small Steps to Achieve Effective e-Learning Challenges

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Your Top 10 e-Learning Challenges List

by , vice president of client services | @rhillsites

What a great response!! Thank you all for taking the time to add your thoughts and comments. Since I had the fun task of reading through all of the comments, I decided that I would just make a new Top 10 List from all of the submitted comments. These are in no particular order – but they are all great!

  1. Daniel Albarran – The assumption that all that is necessary for creating a course is in the manuals, slides, PDFs, etc (raw documentation).
  2. Scott Nipper – Managers that say, "Just video tape John talking - people will learn from that."
  3. Paul Safyan – Being limited by or enamored by certain technology, rather than doing good design.
  4. Jennifer – Requests for the overuse of e-learning bells and whistles.
  5. Lisa P – Having stakeholders not see the value in e-learning and not want to invest the money to get a quality product.
  6. Yuna – Rampant objectives. I find lots of courses have a laundry list of objectives that seem to eclipse the final actual goal of the course. 
  7. Sylvia – Business reviewers who don't provide timely reviews that they committed to at the beginning of the project thereby delaying the project.
  8. Amy – The large skill set required. Often designers have to be developers, instructional designers, graphics artists, tech support, SMEs, technical writers, proofers, etc!
  9. Kara – I usually hear “We can’t do a CBT. Our employees hate them.”
  10. Tim Johnston – Content developers who have too many other responsibilities to have the time to create high quality content within the deadline.
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