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Design 100: Expectations and Experiences

Design 100 participants have stated how fundamentally this experience can change your whole set of expectations of what is possible through e-learning.

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ID—>LXD: Moving from Instructional Design to Learning Experience Design

"What’s e-learning? Today’s definition of e-learning is so broad, the term has come to mean very little. e-Learning can be everything from a pdf document distributed via e-mail to a complex, data-driven, simulation-based learning experience."

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What are Short Sims?

Role plays.  Flight simulators.  Sports scrimmages.  Computer games.  Wargames. Erector sets.  Group challenges. Acting workshops. Labs.  Moot courts.  

These great learning experiences have a few things in common.   They are all “Learning to do.”  And they all get us to Short Sims.

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6-Part Course Offers Fresh Take on Designing Online Learning Experiences

Based on the industry-leading ideas from Michael Allen’s Guide to e-Learning, this course will fundamentally change the way you perceive the design and development of digital training.

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Dear Designer: 3 Considerations for Length When Shifting to VILT

“Dear Designer” is a blog series on orienting novice practitioners to the discipline of instructional design and learning experience design.

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End Boring e-learning: Allen Academy Adds a New 4-hour Intro Course

Design 100 explores the fundamentals of designing effective and engaging e-learning.

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Allen Academy Now Taking Registrations

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist - updated January 29, 2020

Inspired by many collective years of education, real-world experience, and outreach to countless e-learning professionals around the world, we’re building a unique professional certification experience to fit the needs of individuals and organizations hoping to impact the quality of their online training.

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What is e-Learning?

Dr. Michael Allen - September 2019

Simply put, it’s instruction delivered or augmented electronically. Learners use their computers, tablets, or phones to access the instruction wherever they are, whenever they have time.

e-Learning comes in many forms, appearing in such variations as to look entirely different from other applications. It will often use integrated media, such as video, animation, photos and narratives. Because of the computer capabilities at hand, e-learning can be interactive, providing game-like learning experiences, simulations, and the advantages of a personal mentor.

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What is Blended Learning?

In the context of education, blended learning usually means moving some of the teaching/learning work from the human teacher to some kind of technology, used in or out of the classroom. In the training context, the discussion usually occurs when looking for ways to offload some curriculum from Instructor-led (ILT) or virtual-instructor-led training (VILT) into eLearning. As such, these conversations are often laden to the point of feeling loaded with a lot of baggage around a dichotomy between human teachers and machine teachers.

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Announcing the Allen Academy

By Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist - July 3, 2019

Inspired by many collective years of education, real-world experience, and outreach to countless e-learning professionals around the world, we’re building a unique professional certification experience to fit the needs of individuals and organizations hoping to impact the quality of their online training.

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