01 Strategies for Making Dry Content Come Alive

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM Wednesday, January 31

Compliance. Policies and procedures. Technical specs. Sound like fun courses to develop? Imagine how excited your learners will be! Dry, boring content can be the bane of an instructional designer’s existence. It’s tough to resist the urge to just throw your hands up and say, “Well, it’s dry content—there’s not much I can do with it.” Dry content doesn’t let you off the hook; it means you need to step up your game!

In this session, you’ll take a closer look at six specific strategies to help convert dry content into more engaging courses. You’ll see examples of makeovers that go from tedious to tolerable, to helpful, all the way to (ideally) engaging. This involves more than just slapping some fancy graphics on them. You’ll learn to dig deep into the content to find out why this information matters, and present it to your audience in a way that speaks to them.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To do no harm—making sure your efforts aren’t making a dry subject worse
  • To take advantage of what already exists—helping you keep dry courses shorter
  • To dig deeper into content—letting you tap into the well of potentially interesting information beneath the surface

Diane Elkins


Artisan E-Learning and E-Learning Uncovered

Diane Elkins is a co-owner of E-Learning Uncovered and of Artisan E-Learning, a custom eLearning development company specializing in Articulate Studio, Storyline, Trivantis Lectora, and Adobe Captivate. Diane has built a reputation as a national eLearning expert by being a frequent speaker at major industry events, such as ATD ICE, ATD TechKnowledge, DevLearn, and Learning Solutions. She is also the co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series as well as E-Learning Fundamentals: A Practical Guide, from ATD Press. She is a past board member of the Northeast Florida and Metro DC chapters of ATD.

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