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Leaving ADDIE for SAM January 28, 2013

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Dr. Richard H. Sites, VP Client Services, Allen Interactions

Analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation (ADDIE) are all important steps in the design of effective e-learning applications or any learning program. While there have been many adaptations of ADDIE, many of them were made before we had today’s tools, challenges, and opportunities. As is being realized by the software industry with Agile, more radical process changes are now both needed and possible. Meet SAM (Successive Approximation Model). The benefits: More efficient and effective processes and superior learning experiences in less time.

In this in-person session, Dr. Richard Sites addresses the power of an iterative instruction design process, how product and process are tightly linked, and the basic challenges that face the modern day instructional designer. With key insights from his years of experience building and designing technology-based instructional products, Richard discusses key strategies to overcome design and project hurdles through an iterative process.

Richard H. Sites is vice president of client services at Allen Interactions and the co-author of Leaving ADDIE for SAM from ASTD Press. He has spent the past 15 years designing and implementing web-based training and tools to support improved workplace performance. His efforts have been in both academia and private industry, including working with many Fortune 500 companies. He is Vice President of Client Services for Allen Interactions Inc., where he is responsible for promoting value-driven consulting and design throughout all Allen Interactions partnerships. He holds a doctorate of education from the University of West Florida along with a master’s of education and a bachelor’s of business administration.

ASTD PHL – eLearning SIG

Date/Time: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


LaSalle University MetroPlex 
4000 Chemical Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

For more information, click here:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e6y48m604249b866


Going mobile: What it means for training developers February 22, 2012

Posted by mlongstreth in e-Learning Tools, e-SIG Presentations, Global E-Learning.
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Nad Rosenberg presented this informative and timely topic via Adobe Connect during a 1-hour lunch-and-learn webinar for our February eLearning SIG.

 Session Overview:

Did you know that tablet sales grew by 256% this past year?  Or that predictions indicate by 2020 there will be 35 billion connected mobile devices?  It is becoming increasingly obvious that mobile learning is the wave of the future.  Nad Rosenberg covered foundational information and important items to keep in when designing mobile-based training. Specific topics Nad discussed included:

– Mobile Applications and Mobile Websites fundamentals.
– Design issues to keep in mind when designing mobile-based training.
– Performance support needs.
– Potential user-friendly navigation and PDF issues to remember when transferring learning content to mobile-based learning format.

 To access Nad’s presentation, click here:   

About our speaker:

Nad Rosenberg

Before starting TechWRITE in 1985, Nad managed documentation departments for several large corporations.  She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, an Associate Fellow at the Society for Technical Communication, on the Board of Directors of the Plain Language Association InterNational, and a Past President of the Philadelphia Metro Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.  You can contact Nad at twnad@techw.com

Designing PowerPoint Slides that Keep Learners Awake, Engaged & Learning January 23, 2012

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Noelle Archambeau presented this lively and interactive seminar at our january meeting.   We started our 2012 season off with a packed room of fun and engaged learners!

Session Overview:  Whether you design training for live or virtual classes or create self-paced e-learning using a tool like Articulate, you probably use PowerPoint on a regular basis.  Are your PowerPoint slides engaging your learners or putting them to sleep?  Are they learning what you’re teaching or simply counting sheep?  Those who attended the event learned how to design PowerPoint slides that keep your learners awake, engaged, and learning.   Some of the topics Noelle demonstrated included:

  •  Include the right type and amount of content
  • Add appropriate graphics and images
  • Use fonts and colors effectively 

 Link to Noelle’s PowerPoint Slides and PowerPoint Handout

About our speaker: 

Noelle Aarchambeau

Noelle Archambeau is an instructional designer and e-learning consultant with more than 15 years experience designing effective online training programs for corporate organizations. Her expertise is in integrating solid instructional design with technology. She has also taught graduate-level instructional technology courses for La Salle University and Penn State University. She currently designs and develops interactive e-learning and virtual classes for SAP’s global marketing organization. Noelle holds a Master’s degree in Educational Media & Computers from Arizona State University.

Experience Design: “Experience is the Best Teacher” January 26, 2011

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Presented by Ken Spero at our December meeting at LaSalle’s Plymouth Meeting Campus.

Ken Spero

Ken Spero

  This is an age old adage that is universally accepted. Unfortunately,  organizations have neither the time nor the budget to allow their people to learn through the “school of hard knocks”. It’s odd, then, that when an organization chooses to invest in building the capabilities of staff to enable them to navigate through the changing environment, the chosen method is often instructional, not experiential. Instructional design has many good tools and techniques and is an important and compelling field. Its focus, however, is primarily on leaning the “what” and the “how” of the required changes not on gaining insight from understanding and practicing the “why” and “when” of things. The “how” and “what” are necessary but not sufficient for bringing about change; they are static and not contextual. A contextual environment is required to ensure that the instruction can be effective. When it comes to demonstrating the “why” and “when,” a more dynamic approach is required, one that takes into account context and inter-relationships. In other words, what is required is a method for capturing experience within a context that provides opportunities to use judgment to make decisions and live with and learn from the consequences of those actions.

Simulations offer the opportunity to capture the necessary experience into a more deployable format and allow participants to gain experience in a safe environment without the ‘bruising’.

If you missed the meeting, here is a link to the slides Ken presented to the group. Experience Design.pdf 182KB

About our speaker:
Ken is a Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Humentum. Ken has focused his career on helping organizations do a better job of critical thinking and decision-making. Encouraging mindful behavior with his clients has enabled him to produce measurable improvements in productivity inside many of his clients’ strategic initiatives.

Ken is a Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Humentum. Ken has focused his career on helping organizations do a better job of critical thinking and decision-making. Encouraging mindful behavior with his clients has enabled him to produce measurable improvements in productivity inside many of his clients’ strategic initiatives. He has spent the last 21 years developing and deploying learning solutions with computer simulations at their core.

DITA for eLearning Content Development March 26, 2010

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At our March meeting at the Bucks County campus of La Salle University, Brian Driscoll addressed the implications of and potential uses for the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) in eLearning content development and delivery. 

If you missed the event, his slide presentation can be downloaded. (104 KB)

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Brian Driscoll

Brian Driscoll, Application Developer, is primarily responsible for developing, testing, and implementing out-of-band solutions to meet clients’ needs. Brian has created custom Flash and .NET applications that have allowed clients such as The CEI Network, Mercy Health System, Merck, Fannie Mae, The World Bank, TakeCare Health Systems, Teleos Leadership Institute, The Insurance Institute of America, and The Continuum Center for Health & Healing to deliver cutting-edge web-based training programs to their end users. Mr. Driscoll also works extensively on SoftAssist’s internal application development and business process reengineering initiatives. Brian’s professional interests include distributed application development, and his personal interests include playing guitar and traveling the U.S. and Abroad with his family. Brian holds a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education (magna cum laude) from Temple University and is currently earning an M.S. in Software Engineering from Drexel University.

8 Ways to Increase Your Professional ROI March 26, 2010

Posted by Karen Lubrecht in e-SIG Presentations, professional development.
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Our on-line session featured Tai Goodwin who presented an engaging look at ways to improve our professional importance and increase our professional ROI. She helped us look at 8 practical strategies increase our value and be recognized as a better collaborator and communicator. She demonstrated techniques that engage learners as she presented her material. We left re-energized, refocused, and ready to take our performance to a new level.

If you missed her presentation, her slide presentation can be downloaded. (1.23 MB)

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Tai Goodwin

Tai Goodwin has over 12 years in learning and development working for companies such as DTCC (Depository Trust & Clearing Corp), Barnes & Noble, and William Scotsman. As a learning professional she has worked in a number of roles, including training specialist, e-learning designer, and learning technologist. She is currently a Principal Instructional Designer for Computer Associates, a global IT development company. Tai holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree (with a focus on instructional design for e-learning) in education, from Drexel University and Capella University respectively.

Boredom-Proofing Learning Content: Making Learning Content Compelling October 9, 2009

Posted by Karen Lubrecht in e-SIG Presentations, Engaging e-Learners.
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We were treated to an excellent presentation on how to make learning content compelling from Patti Shank, PhD, CPT, the president of Learning Peaks LLC, an internationally recognized instructional design consulting firm that provides performance and design consulting and training and performance support solutions.

Click here to view the recording. Use the slider in the lower left to skip the intro and jump to the 12-minute marker where Patti’s presentation begins, and use the slider in the lower right to turn up the volume.

Download the handouts, handout 1 , notes (1.7 MB pdf) and handout 2 , slide deck, (2.2 MB pdf), handout 3 , You’re Not In Kansas Anymore (3.6 MB pdf) and handout 4, Creating Content (28 KB pdf), before attending!


A Better Way to Design & Build Immersive E-Learning July 23, 2009

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in e-Learning Tools, e-SIG Presentations, Engaging e-Learners, Intructional Design.
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Thanks again to Robert Penn, CEO of Suddenly Smart, for a wonderful presentation today on building immersive e-learning.

Click the following links to learn more about rapid prototyping:

Globalization & E-Learning June 18, 2009

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in e-SIG Presentations, Global E-Learning.
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A big thanks to Dr. Guido Minaya, Managing Partner of Minaya & Associates, for a wonderful virtual workshop today on globalization and e-learning.

Free Tools & Resources for eLearning May 1, 2009

Posted by jmullock in Announcements, e-Learning Tools, e-SIG Presentations.


ASTD eLearning Presentation Slides April 16, 2009


Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite free tools and resources for eLearning at our most recent SIG meeting.  My original concern—that we would not have enough material for the presentation—turned out to be completely unwarranted.  We had so many quality suggestions and software tips that we were only able to provide the briefest overview of the tools discussed, and had to leave out several others entirely.


To keep the pace of the meeting moving we promised to post URLs on this BLOG for your reference.  You can now find them listed on their new home on the blog, the “Free Tools and Resources” tab.


Finally, while lists of free software are great, I find that having some context helps me decide what is worth downloading or not.  With that in mind, I will be starting a series of weekly blog articles to provide some descriptions, personal reviews, examples, or additional resources for making use of these tools in eLearning.


 Look for the first in this weekly series that we will be calling “Joe’s Guide to Free eLearning Tools” on Tuesday, May 5th.


Cheers…….Joe Mullock