You Call That Intuitive? UX Principles in eLearning Design

Delivered at the Association for Talent Development (ATD) TechKnowledge 2015 conference, January 16, 2015. My co-presenter was Mr. Jeff Barnes, User Experience Designer at SRA International. The learner's experience with an e-learning course has a big impact on the learning outcomes. The goal is to reduce the learner's cognitive load, freeing them to focus on the content and the concepts. In the best courses, the interface and technology fade into the background. Is that happening with your cou...
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Climbing the Learning Curve for Performance Support Project Rookies

Delivered at the Association for Talent Development (ATD) TechKnowledge 2015 conference, January 14, 2015. While "Performance support solutions" is a bit of a buzz phrase today, we still have varying definitions and degrees of understanding of just what "performance support" means in practice. If your boss asks you to develop a performance support solution, do you know here to begin? There are critical first steps to take when designing a solution that fits both the needs and culture of your or...
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The Agony and the Ecstasy: Converting Traditional ILT to the Virtual Classroom, October 2013

Delivered at the eLearning Guild's DevLearn 2013 conference,  October 24 2013. In a world of reduced funding and increasing velocity, organizations are delivering more training online than ever. Successfully converting traditional ILT to Virtual Instructor-Led Training (V-ILT) needs more than just awareness of virtual classrooms. It demands: understanding of learning models and adult learning principals; resourceful delivery models; and a fluency in virtual instructional design. Effective V-I...
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Avoiding “Ready. Fire. Aim!” with a Mobile Learning Strategy, June 2012

Delivered at the DAU/GMU Innovations in eLearning Symposium at George Mason University, June 6 2012. Is mobile learning really the future, or is it just another "the classroom is dead" hype cycle? Are you on track to add real value by rethinking learning activities from a mobile perspective? What does a mobile learning strategy include? Can you even define "mobile learning?" Attend this session to examine your organization's readiness for mobile learning; evaluate content suitable for "m-Lear...
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Designing Social Learning: “Informal” Does Not Mean “Unplanned”, June 2011

Presentation delivered at the GMU 7th Annual Innovations in e-Learning Symposium, Fairfax, VA, 8 June 2011. Where does Social Learning fit on the methodology matrix? That is, when is it appropriate to select Social Learning as an instructional strategy? Instructional Designers have a toolbox of learning interactions for all kinds of modalities, situations, topics, audiences, and experience levels; if social learning is more than just a fad (which we think it is), it's time to make room on the I...
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The Challenges of Implementing Learning 2.0, June 2009

Delivered at the Society for Insurance Trainers and Educators (SITE) Annual Meeting in 2009. The challenges of implementing Learning 2.0 for designers, instructors and learners should not be underestimated. But the maturity of the technologies, the evolving business environment, and the embrace of the read/write/share mind-set by users everywhere creates a moment of acceptance for this new instructional model. This is a compelling look at the Learning 2.0 value proposition: pervasive learn...
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