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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


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

Posted by mlongstreth in e-Learning Tools, e-SIG Presentations, Engaging e-Learners.
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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.

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:

3/20/08 – Engaging Your Audience March 28, 2008

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in Best Practices, e-SIG Presentations, Engaging e-Learners, Synchronous Training.
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A big thank you to Frank Gartland and Curtis Lewis with iLinc Communications for delivering an engaging web conference about how to focus, engage, and motivate your learners when you deliver online training events. They shared great tips that will keep your learners from surfing the web or snoring during your training sessions. If you missed the event or would like to view it again, click here to view the recording.

02/21/08 – Anonymity in Cyber Education: Should You be Concerned? February 25, 2008

Posted by Bobbe in Best Practices, e-SIG Presentations, Engaging e-Learners, Intructional Design, Misc.
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This presentation explored the pros and cons of anonymity in cyber education.  It evaluated both sides of the issue and presents them in a way that will help cyber educators and instructional designers understand the social, cultural and educational implications of anonymity.  The PATRIOT Act and other initiatives impacting anonymity were discussed, including the far-reaching effects of anonymity within online educational settings and group dynamics.  It also further compared and contrasted anonymity’s potential for limiting and monitoring academic freedom to the social benefits it brings, while discussing the social identity model of deindividuation. Click Anonymity to download the slides. Click Anoniymity the paper to download the original paper.

5/17/07 – Hollywood Screenwriting Techniques May 31, 2007

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in e-SIG Presentations, Engaging e-Learners.
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Thanks again to Gordon Lewis for his excellent and engaging presentation at our last meeting. Following are Gordon’s 10 Rules for using storytelling techniques to engage learners. Additional information can be found in his PowerPoint slides.

  1. Know your audience
  2. Appeal to the emotions
  3. Show, don’t tell
  4. Know what’s at stake
  5. Plot flows from premise
  6. Open with tension
  7. Keep it moving
  8. Up the ante
  9. Highlight the turning point
  10. End with tension resolved

1/18/07 Meeting – How Much & How Long Part I January 23, 2007

Posted by nathanteckel in e-Learning Tools, e-SIG Presentations, Engaging e-Learners.
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If you couldn’t make it to last week’s eLearning SIG, you missed out on a treat. Dave Goodman is the founder of SoftAssist, and he gave a focused demonstration of the levels of eLearning interactivity. His simulations and modules were highly interactive, which is why they win consecutive awards in our field. The following is part 1 of 2 of the notes I took.

Click here to download the slides Dave used during his presentation. (more…)

Hooking Your e-Learners – Who Else Wants Fanatical Learners? January 5, 2007

Posted by Ben Craigo in Engaging e-Learners, Gaming and Simulation, Intructional Design, Trends.

What if there was a way to not only increase the engagement factor of your e-Learning courses, but also increased the completion rate by learners, increased amount of what was learned and motivated them to seek out to take even more courses?

There’s a model in the online gaming community that does just that… (more…)