Design 100: Fundamentals of Design for e-Learning

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Boring is bad!

"Traditional" corporate e-learning is boring, deadly dull—mind-numbing, even. When instructional designers realize this, they can still struggle to create something different. The challenge is to approach e-learning on its own terms, not just as a variant of old teaching modes.

Many of the traditional assumptions about designing instruction simply don’t result in captivating courseware when applied to e-learning. This course takes a deep look into the nature of interactivity and reveals the simple yet profound factors that are core to understanding and capitalizing on e-learning.

Design 100 lays the foundation for proven approaches to designing training, based on the powerful models of interactivity and engagement introduced by Dr. Michael W. Allen. Join this lively course to learn how to transform e-learning into irresistible instruction that motivates the learner and creates meaningful and memorable learning experiences.

Students explore several e-learning modules and discover how powerful a simple switch in expectations can be. We simultaneously examine a number of established design assumptions and demonstrate how clinging to these outmoded approaches result in ineffective e-learning.

This course is a foundation course for all Allen Academy Programs. 

In this course you will:
  • Experience first-hand the interest created by appropriately interactive e-learning 
  • Apply the three critical success factors 
  • Articulate the specific instructional advantages offered by e-learning technology 
  • Re-evaluate the appropriateness of some traditional design assumptions 

Prerequisites: None

Experience level: Any

Format: Virtual instructor-led training (webinar series)

Duration: 4 hours total (2 x 2-hour instructor-led sessions)

Instructor:  Ethan Edwards

Technical requirements:  Online instructor-led sessions are conducted via webinar on the Zoom platform. (View Zoom's system requirements here.) You will need a good enough internet connection to view your instructor's shared screen and to access examples of online interactivity. 

Free with enrollment in full ACIP program