Is Interactivity Enough? What Creates Successful eLearning Designs


Chief Instructional Strategist, Allen Academy
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All eLearning is “interactive” in some way. (After all, pressing next is an interaction, isn’t it?) But not all e-learning is effective, engaging, or even interesting. What is it, then, that is necessary to create online modules that work?

In this webinar, ripe with real-world examples, Ethan Edwards will explore and share design considerations that come together to create what he likes to all “irresistible e-learning” — that is, eLearning that learners are eager to complete and create concrete lasting change. Constraints of authoring tools, media production, instructional design, and learning management must work together to create interactions that always connect meaningfully to the real world, challenge the learner with authentic problems, enhance the physical and intellectual significance of particular tasks, and communicate consequences of learner choices rather than simple scoring or judgment.

In this one-hour webinar you will:
  • Examine the four necessary components for Instructional Interactivity
  • Evaluate media, authoring, and design constraints on maximizing training effectiveness
  • Practice identifying strong components of interactivity

About Ethan Edwards

Ethan Edwards draws from more than 30 years of industry experience as an e-learning instructional designer and developer. He is responsible for the delivery of the internal and external training and communications that reflect Allen Interactions’ unique perspective on creating Meaningful, Memorable, and Motivational learning solutions backed by the best instructional design and latest technologies. 

Edwards is the primary instructor for Allen Academy Certified Instructional Professional Program. In addition, he is an internationally recognized presenter on instructional design and e-learning, has written many e-books on creating effective e-learning. He is a frequent blogger for Allen Interactions’ Blog, and every so often heads out on the road to vlog about e-learning design as it relates to the world around us. Edwards holds a master’s degree and significant doctoral work in educational psychology from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.

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