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July 26, 2016

How to Make E-Learning So People Really Learn: Q&A With Ethan Edwards

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by ATD

In this Q&A podcast, I speak with Ethan Edwards, who facilitates ATD’s E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate and Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate. Ethan has been designing online instruction for almost 25 years, beginning with work at the PLATO laboratory at the University of Illinois, continuing through positions at Authorware, Macromedia, Microsoft, and as a consultant with a host of top companies in the United States and abroad. The problem with most e-learning courseware, according to Ethan, is that designers get caught up in the media. Meanwhile, on the end of the spectrum, subject matter experts are applying pressure on designers to “just present content”—a lot of content. Consequently, too much e-learning—and training, for that matter—is presented like a trivia contest. What’s more, Ethan reminds, that “reading or listening to content without purpose is one of the most dull things in the universe.”

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