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Avoiding Ugly E-Learning: Lessons From Holiday Sweaters

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST  
Host: Association for Talent Development
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’Tis the season of holiday sweaters—each lovingly created with good intent, sometimes gaudy, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes utilitarian, but rarely as beautiful as imagined. The same can often be said about e-learning course designs. We start out with the intention to create something uniquely satisfying for our learners, but after accounting for strained resources, limited time, imperfect development tools, complex subject matter, and unpredictable learners, we end up with something not quite as beautiful as we’d hoped.

In this light-hearted holiday webcast, Ethan Edwards, chief instructional strategist at Allen Interactions, will share lessons we can learn from common e-learning design and development pitfalls as he compares them to and celebrates ugly holiday sweaters! 


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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’s unique perspective on designing and developing meaningful and memorable e-learning programs. Ethan is the primary instructor for ATD’s E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program. In addition, he is an internationally recognized presenter on instructional design and e-learning, has written several whitepapers on creating effective e-learning, and regularly writes for Allen Interactions’s E-Learning Leadership Blog. Ethan has a master’s degree and significant doctoral work in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Find Ethan on Google+.

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