Expand Your eLearning Abilities

New to eLearning? Just looking to freshen up on the basics? Understanding the core of what works is key to feeling confident and prepared in your eLearning projects. Join us for these eight sessions exploring the fundamentals of eLearning and how you can apply essential strategies and basic tools to your own work.

DAY 1: December 8

Susi Miller

101: Accessible eLearning Myths and Tips

Susi Miller, eLaHub

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM PT

Myths and misconceptions around accessibility prevent many eLearning professionals from creating accessible content. In this session you learn what they are, how to address them, and learn strategies and tips on how to support people with a range of disabilities and impairments, which will enhance your content and resources for all learners. Learn more.

Eric Berget

201: The Role of Storytelling in Learning Experience Design

Eric Berget, Dashe & Thomson

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT

Creating great learning experiences demands that we move the hearts and minds of our learners. Explore the elements of great storytelling and learn how to use them to communicate ideas, motivate your team, and fuel learners' desire to change and improve. Learn more.

Jill Stanton

301: Ally with SMEs & Advocate for Learners to Ensure Effective Learning

Jill Stanton, Fredrickson Learning

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT

Instructional designers are often asked to create learning materials in ways they know are not ideal for learners. This session provides a toolkit for turning SMEs into allies in pursuit of effective learning. We'll touch on evidence-based learning design, accessibility, and UI/UX design. We'll then practice making the case for good learning in different scenarios. Learn more.


401: Storyboard Inception: Nested Storyboards to Meet Your Content Needs

Emily Wood, Serenity Learning

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT

Storyboards are a critical tool in the development of eLearning, and the medium you use can and should dictate the type of storyboard used. In this session you learn about various storyboards, how to optimize them for your projects, and ultimately nest them for a powerful approach in creating your next solution. Learn more.

DAY 2: December 9

Josh Cavalier

501: Video for Learning: An Introduction

Josh Cavalier, American Tire Distributors

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM PT

Have you been waiting on the sidelines for the opportunity to craft your first educational video? Feeling unsure of where to start? This session will launch you with an overview of how and when to use video for adult instruction. We'll cover the basics of scripting, using a camera, and getting lighting and audio right. Finally, we'll cover guidelines for distributing your video and measuring its success. Learn more.

Bianca Baumann

601: The Power of Learner Personas for Outstanding Learning Experiences

Bianca Baumann, Ardent Learning

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT

Marketers use personas to draw a picture of an ideal buyer in order to push the right content at the right time. In recent years, L&D has adopted this approach to help create outstanding learning experiences. In this interactive and collaborative session, you will learn how and when to use learner personas, and important dos and don’ts for creating them. Learn more.

Hadiya Nuriddin

701: Developing Quality Assurance Processes for eLearning Products

Hadiya Nuriddin, Duets Learning

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT

Standardized quality guidelines for functionality, user experience, visual design, and overall consistency can ensure error-free experiences and effective learning experiences. Learn how and why to apply quality control and assurance principles to create consistent, top-notch eLearning products. Learn more.

Dawn Mahoney

801: Design Inspiration Is Everywhere!

Dawn Mahoney, Learning in the White Space

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT

In this session, we will embark upon a quest to seek out and curate new and interesting sources of inspiration for crafting your learning content—especially those found in unexpected or less-traditional places. Learn more.

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