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End Boring e-learning: Allen Academy Adds a New 4-hour Intro Course

Design 100 explores the fundamentals of designing effective and engaging e-learning.

Bad training is expensive. 

When learners go through a learning experience and fail to achieve the desired outcomes, it represents immense waste on three fronts. 


The hours learners spent in training instead of helping the bottom line.


The money and manpower spent on creating and supporting the training itself.


The existential cost of learners having wasted time and energy on something meaningless.

Good training has the opposite effect. 

While it represents an investment in time and resources, it returns on that investment in the form of improved human performance. Good training can boost morale, too. Good learning experiences show participants that they’re worth investing in. It helps them gain meaningful skills and builds confidence.

If e-learning is a part of your curriculum, your product, or your training ecosystem, you owe it to your learners, your organization, and yourself to make that e-learning good. 

Unfortunately, many of us have had negative experiences with e-learning.

And that’s not surprising. There's a lot of bad e-learning out there—so much that the word “e-learning” itself is often associated with endless slides, superfluous narration, and mind-numbing boredom. No wonder learners the world over groan at the mention of it.

Organizations often turn to e-learning as a cost-saving strategy, but bad e-learning is as much of a waste as bad training of any other type. If training is boring, then we can assume learners aren’t paying much attention to it. If learners aren’t paying attention to training, how can they be learning from it?

It doesn’t have to be this way. e-Learning shouldn't be boring!

Design 100: Fundamentals of Design for e-Learning is a new live virtual course from the Allen Academy. It offers an introduction to the principles and practices of creating meaningful, memorable, and motivational e-learning.

If you’re new to the world of virtual instruction, or you’re exploring how asynchronous e-learning might become an effective part of your organization’s learning solution, this course is a must-have.

Design 100 Quick Facts

  • VILT Format (virtual-instructor led training)

  • 2 x 2- hour live sessions (4 hours total)

  • Small class sizes (15 maximum)

  • Low cost of $149 (Group pricing available) 

Upcoming Sessions

  • Starting Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

  • Starting Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Learn more and register.

Are you ready to create good, engaging e-learning?!

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 

Click here to learn more > or call 800.799.6280 for more information.

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About Author

Ellen Burns-Johnson
Ellen Burns-Johnson

Ellen Burns-Johnson has over a decade of experience in the education and training industries. She has crafted the instructional strategy and design for dozens of major initiatives across diverse topics, from classroom safety to IT sales. Emphasizing collaboration and playfulness in her approach to creating learning experiences, Ellen’s work has earned multiple industry awards for interactivity and game-based design. Ellen is also a Certified Scrum Master® and strives to bring the principles of Agile to life in the L&D field. Whether a client is a Fortune 100 company or a local nonprofit, she believes that the best learning experiences are created through processes built on transparency between sponsors and developers, empirical processes, and respect for learners. Outside of her LXD work, Ellen plays video games (and sometimes makes them) and runs around the Twin Cities with her two mischievous dogs (ask for pictures).

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