10 Powerful Principles for Creating Impactful e-Learning


Chief Instructional Strategist, Allen Academy
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    Wed, Feb 03, 2016 at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern
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    1 Hour
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The shared perspective from learners and designers on e-learning is that much of it is not very good: It's boring, the interactions don't teach, the media are unhelpful, and so on. This is despite the fact that well-meaning instructional designers are following long-established models and doing exactly what most authoring tools have made easy. When pushed, many designers know what they are doing is flawed, but there's little guidance on how to do anything better. Many learners find that e-learning courses are not complex or difficult to achieve — designers need to focus on the essential aspects of learning that have been overlooked in the haste to rely on technology alone.

In this webinar, Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist at Allen Interactions, will share 10 powerful principles to guide e-learning design. The principles focus on feedback, learner actions, usefulness of templates, motivation, risk and content. Appropriate for any content and applicable to any authoring tool, these principles will empower designers to make concrete design changes that will improve the impact of their e-learning courses.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • 10 principles to increase the effectiveness and engagement of your e-learning designs.
  • To evaluate “best practice” guidelines offered by authoring systems and design models for effectiveness.
  • The importance of context, risk, motivation, and media-impact in design decisions.
  • To identify effective design elements in completed e-learning modules.

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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