501 Be Concise: Designing for On-the-go Learners

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Thursday, October 1

Instructional Design


eLearning designers are often faced with complex training topics that are difficult to deliver concisely. The results are lengthy courses that are counter to the needs of today’s learners, who need to be extremely efficient with their time. To deliver learning to this audience means being very concise in both content and course design, while still having impact and not sacrificing instructional integrity.

In this session you will learn a practical strategy for keeping learning concise while remaining impactful, engaging and retaining its intent. You will engage realistic examples of how measures have been effectively implemented during four stages of the instructional design process: 1. Identify appropriate learning objectives and exclude the extraneous objectives. 2. Manage stakeholder, subject matter expert (SME), and design team expectations. 3. Prioritize content into levels of must know, good to know, and nice to know. 4. Streamline the content, language, and course interface.

In this session, you will learn:

  • A design process that ensures concise but effective eLearning
  • How to get SMEs and your team on board with creating concise courses
  • How to efficiently prioritize and manage learning content
  • How to streamline the content, language, and course interface
  • How to use learning assets to succinctly deliver content (e.g., interactions, games, visuals, analogies, infographics, etc.)

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Jeffery Goldman

Senior eLearning Designer

Johns Hopkins Health System

Jeffery Goldman, a senior eLearning designer at Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, MD holds an MA degree in instructional systems design from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has been designing and developing eLearning for 15 years. His experience also includes 19 years of designing and facilitating traditional classroom training in nonprofit organizations, banking, and healthcare. Jeff also writes about eLearning on his blog at www.elearningcyclops.com and he was the recipient of the Best Software System Course award at DevLearn’s 2011 DemoFest.

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