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Improving Virtual Training for New Hires with Dr. Michael Allen


Allen Interactions is training companies to make virtual training for new hires better.




New hire training, in fact, all training is under heightened evaluation these days. Why?


Today’s learners are reflecting on their future career(s) and jumping lanes more quickly than ever. They want training that values them as an individualnot only as a person who has current skills and ambitionsbut also as someone who is taking charge of their future. They don’t want to waste time in indifferent training. They want to be recognized and helped as an individual with both affective and cognitive attributes. It’s a new ballgame for training.


There's never been a better time to examine our training practices.


  • Is our training effective?
  • Does it prepare our employee candidates to perform as we desperately need them to right away at the conclusion of training?



Is our training Meaningful? 

Do trainees immediately sense this training is for them? What we want is people feeling like, “This training is all about you. It’s about your level of skill and your comfort.” So, we’re not just presenting information for you and asking you to remember it. We’re giving you problems to solve. 

Is our training Memorable? 

Have trainees practiced enough during the use of our training such that it’s going to stick? Will they remember what they’ve learned long enough to put it into a daily application?

Is our training Motivational? 

Having the knowledge and skills to perform well doesn’t automatically mean trainees will apply what they’ve learned. A great training program gives trainees both the confidence and desire to apply their enhanced capabilities.


If not now, when?

Even as the pandemic is easing up, organizations are still ramping up their virtual game. Companies are coming to us and saying, “We know we have to do this training remotely, but can it be done well? We’ve seen what schools have put our kids through. It’s not been good. We don’t want our employees struggling through similar experiences.”

We agree! 

There are great alternatives to the distance learning most schools had to provide because they weren’t prepared for a sudden shift to remote learning. But with preparation, remote learning can provide great benefits to both learners and organizations. It’s not an exaggeration to state that great e-learning can be superior to in-person instruction.


At Allen Interactions, we help companies put their new hires, as well as all those adapting to work-at-home and other process changes, into real-life scenario simulations, where they can practice. They can safely make mistakes and see what happens. They can try alternative approaches, including their old practices and the new ones their organization is turning to. They can experience, firsthand, the differences in outcomes and what changes in their methods can achieve.


This training is Meaningful. Memorable. Motivational. 


Hiring these days? Companies have a great advantage when they can say, “And we’ve got this great simulation game-based training for you.” It helps attract employees! And, of course, helps rapidly prepare employees to perform in valuable ways.


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About Author

Michael Allen
Michael Allen

Michael W. Allen, our founder, has been a pioneer in the e-learning industry since 1975. He was the innovative force behind one of the most successful authoring tools ever created, Authorware, and our recently launched authoring and publishing system, ZebraZapps. Michael Allen has nearly 45 years of professional, academic, and corporate experience in teaching, developing, and marketing interactive learning and performance support systems. He has led teams of doctorate-level specialists in learning research, instructional design, computer-based training, and human engineering. For decades, he has concentrated on defining unique methods of instructional design and development that provide meaningful and memorable learning experiences through “true” cognitive interactivity. He developed the advanced design and development approaches we have used at Allen Interactions for the past two decades, including CCAF-based design and the SAM process for iterative, collaborative development. Michael is a prolific writer, sought-after conference speaker and recognized industry leader. In 2011, he received ASTD’s Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award. In 2012 Michael was selected by The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) Advisory Committee as a recipient of the 2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He holds M.A and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology from The Ohio State University and is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Michael Allen was the director of advanced educational systems research and development of Control Data Corporation’s famous PLATO computer-based education system used around the world. He was the founder, and former chairman of Authorware, Inc. and also the primary architect of Authorware Professional, which was based on Allen’s extensive research on creativity and creative problem-solving. It became a groundbreaking authoring tool combining power and ease of use, and ultimately the industry standard. Authorware, Inc. merged with Macromind/Paracomp to become Macromedia, which was later acquired by Adobe.

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