402 Six Simple eLearning Success Strategies

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Thursday, November 17

Instructional Design


Creating effective learning experiences is not a job for a novice, although many novices are thrown into the role of instructional designer/developer. If beginners turn to the field’s expansive literature, which ranges from cookbook-style guides and blogs to scientific research, they are easily overwhelmed and typically turn to overly simplistic approaches. But even experienced professionals can come to feel they’re never able to do the job that should be done.

In this session, you will learn how to create effective instructional experiences without oversimplifying them. You will come away from this session with six successful strategies that are responsive to research and best practices, simplifying the overall task while addressing the fundamentals needed for highly effective instruction.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to continually evaluate designs as they come together
  • How to avoid excessive content presentation as a means to achieve greater content mastery
  • How to challenge awareness goals
  • How to design backwards (it’s faster, easier, and better)

Novice to advanced designers, developers, and project managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Exemplary eLearning applications.

Michael Allen


Allen Interactions

Michael Allen, the CEO of Allen Interactions, has had a long and lauded career in eLearning, from his work with IBM on their Coursewriter system to his direction of R&D for Control Data’s PLATO system to his development of Authorware. Michael has been recognized with the most prestigious career awards from ATD, The eLearning Guild, and many others. He holds a PhD in educational psychology from Ohio State University, is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and has authored eight books on effective eLearning.

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