eLearning Experts: List of Top Industry Authors, Speakers, and Practitioners

Aaron (Sahpreem) King - eLearning expert and author

Aaron (Sahpreem) King

Board Member, DESIGNxHUMANITY

Featured in: Slide Design Tips

"Learn to balance design and instruction. Learners don’t care how pretty the content is if they don’t learn anything."

Alexander Salas - eLearning expert and author

Alexander Salas

Director Of Learning, eLearning Launch

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Incite action in learners through the activation of previous knowledge. Help learners solve problems, not read a fancy e-book."

Anita Horsley - eLearning expert and author

Anita Horsley, M.Ed

Director Of Training And Development, Connect for Education Innovative Solutions

Featured in: Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Add a variety of multi-media and scenario based training"

Ant Pugh - eLearning expert and author

Ant Pugh

Learning Consultant, Ant Pugh

Featured in: Engaging eLearning

"Combining a variety of tools to create content"

Bianca Woods - eLearning expert and author

Bianca Woods

Senior Manager, Programming, The Learning Guild

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2017 Trends

"Avoid text dump slides. You’re better off with slightly more slides, but with less text on each one."

Brian Allen - eLearning expert and author

Brian Allen

Learning Experience Designer, Epiq

Featured in: Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"If you had your learner in person, what kind of interaction would you use to make your learning more engaging"

Brooke Schepker - eLearning expert and author

Brooke Schepker

Instructional Designer, Yukon Learning

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Everything on the slide “speaks” to learners. Figure out the key point on each slide, and design visuals to portray it."

Bruce Graham - eLearning expert and author

Bruce Graham

Content Creator – Vonage

Featured in: Slide Design TipsEngaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"Be brief with your messaging, brief but clear. Check that you have done so with the target audience."

"Recipe for a bored and glazed out learner? Cram LOTS and LOTS of words onto a slide."

Cara North - eLearning expert and author

Cara North

Operations Training Manager, Silfex, Inc. – A Division of Lam Research Corporation

Featured in: Slide Design Tips

"Stopping thinking of it as a slide and consider how it fits into the big picture of the learning experience you are creating."

Cathy Moore - eLearning expert and author

Cathy Moore

Consultant, Self-Employed

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Understand the problem–what do people need to DO? Help them practice doing it with realistic challenges"

Chana Messer - eLearning expert and author

Chana Messer

Subject Matter Expert writer, Certiport – A Pearson VUE Business

Featured in: Slide Design Tips

"Good elearning is a digital playground. Make it engaging!"

Charles Hamper - eLearning expert and author

Charles Hamper

Media Developer, CHDS – Creek Technologies

Featured in: Engaging eLearning

"Look at the overall idea (given in a short slide or paragraph) and try to build a visual system that mirrors that idea"

Charles Jennings - eLearning expert and author

Charles Jennings

Partner, Strategy and Performance, Tulser/70:20:10 Institute

Featured in: Engaging eLearning

"If learning material,...is designed to be highly relevant and delivered in context then it is likely to be useful."

Christy Tucker - eLearning expert and author

Christy Tucker

Learning Experience Design Consultant, Syniad Learning

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Align objects to guidelines to create a unified look across multiple slides."

Clark Quinn - eLearning expert and author

Clark Quinn

Executive Director, Quinnovation

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Use an image to represent a concept, sparking curiosity."

Clive Shepherd - eLearning expert and author

Clive Shepherd

Writer and composer, Self-employed

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"The number one factor in engagement is relevance, because relevance drives out resistance."

Connie Malamed (eLearning Coach) - eLearning expert and author

Connie Malamed

Founder, Mastering Instructional Design

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"Interview sample audience members...Understand your audience and you can connect with them… person to person."

Dave Richards - eLearning expert and author

Dave Richards

Co-Founder, CareSpace

Featured in: Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"short form the content to a series of mini modules that can each be consumed in under two minutes"

Dawn J Mahoney CPTD - eLearning expert and author

Dawn J Mahoney CPTD

Professional Facilitator & Content Designer, Learning In the White Space

Featured in: Slide Design Tips

"No need for company logo taking up precious screen real estate. People know where they work. Display on first & last screen."

Diane Elkins - eLearning expert and author

Diane Elkins

Co-Founder, Artisan E-Learning and E-Learning Uncovered

Featured in: Slide Design Tips,Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"Can’t think of good visuals? Question your writing. Abstract concepts=hard to illustrate. Concrete tips =easier to illustrate"

Emily Wood - eLearning expert and author

Emily Wood

Learning Designer, Propane Education & Research Council

Featured in: Slide Design Tips

"Develop for the use case of the realistic least desirable learning circumstances."

Eric Bort - eLearning expert and author

Eric Bort

President, Clearly Trained

Featured in: Engaging eLearning, 2017 Trends

"Start with a story – people relate to emotion, excitement and analogy"

Eric Tremblay - eLearning expert and author

Eric Tremblay

Director, Engineering Teaching and Learning Team, Queen’s University

Featured in:  Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Stop thinking about technology to “replace” human instructors and start thinking about technology to “enable” human instructors."

Erik Lord - eLearning expert and author

Erik Lord

Curriculum Technology Manager, Chamberlain University

Featured in: Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Make the content ... relevant to the learners. People...pay attention to things that they find relevant to their own experience."

France Swift Hernandez - eLearning expert and author

France Swift Hernandez

Learning and Information Designer / Creative Consultant, eLearningArt

Featured in: Slide Design Tips

"Be bold and confident with your slide design. Good design helps sell the learning."

Jackie Van Nice - eLearning expert and author

Jackie Van Nice

Award-Winning Instructional Designer, Proud Articulate Super Hero

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Engaging eLearning

"Control text, images, animations, audio, or activities so the learner is never distracted from where you want their attention."

Jacqueline Hutchinson - eLearning expert and author

Jacqueline Hutchinson

E-Learning Instructional Designer & Developer, E-Learning Pros

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips

 

"Design your content so it works well for all devices, then test thoroughly."

Jane Bozarth - eLearning expert and author

Jane Bozarth

Director of Research, The eLearning Guild

Featured in: Engaging eLearning

"Don’t just start loading content onto slides. Before you begin, step away from the computer and ask, “How can I help people learn this?”

Jane Hart - eLearning expert and author

Jane Hart

Speaker, Writer & Adviser, Modern Workplace Learning

Featured in: Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Insert the quote from 1 post and prioritize the quote from Slide Design Tips, then Engaging eLearning, then Scenario Tips, then 2018 Trends, then 2017 Trends.."

Jennifer Pisarski - eLearning expert and author

Jennifer Valley

Instructional Designer, EDX Wireless

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning

"Think like a learner! What draws in your attention? Makes you sit up in your chair? Whatever it may be, use it to your advantage in eLearning.."

John Blackmon - eLearning expert and author

John Blackmon

Chief Technology Officer, eLearning Brothers

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"Allow the user to explore the content in the way that’s right for them."

JD Dillon - eLearning expert and author

JD Dillon

Chief Learning Architect, Axonify

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips2018 Trends

"Start by asking yourself “why would a person spend their limited time on this slide?”"

Jonathan Hill, Assoc CIPD - eLearning expert and author

Jonathan Hill, Assoc CIPD

Digital Learning Manager, Commercial Express

Featured in: Slide Design Tips

"A consistent slide layout is central to a consistent learning experience."

Julie Dirksen - eLearning expert and author

Julie Dirksen

Learning Strategy Consultant, Usable Learning

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"Say “So for example…” as much as possible — you can also have slide template to support it."

Karl Kapp - eLearning expert and author

Karl Kapp

Full Professor, Bloomsburg University

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning

"Engage the learner’s curiosity. Don’t start with objectives, start with questions the learner needs to answer."

Kristin Anthony - eLearning expert and author

Kristin Anthony

Instructional Technologist, Amazon

Featured in: Engaging eLearning, 2017 Trends

"Focus on helping people do the things they want to be able to do and getting rid of, or providing efficient pathways through the things that get in their way."

Kevin Thorn - eLearning expert and author

Kevin Thorn

CLEO, CNH, NuggetHead Studioz

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Visuals should lift up the content as opposed to the content supporting the visuals."

Lesley Price - eLearning expert and author

Lesley Price

Senior Consultant, Learn Appeal

Featured in: Engaging eLearning,2017 Trends

"To engage learners there has to be a WIFFM – What’s In It For Me, so it’s not just about eLearning content, even more important is the context.."

Lieve Weymeis (Lilybiri) - eLearning expert and author

Lieve Weymeis 

Freelancer, Lilybiri’s Consultancy/Training

Featured in: Engaging eLearning

"Boredom and solitude are THE enemies of all learning methods, but even more for eLearning.."

Linda Lorenzetti - eLearning expert and author

Linda Lorenzetti

Senior eLearning Developer, Public Services Health & Safety Association

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"Save examples of great design that you see and use it the next time you are stumped."

Mark Britz - eLearning expert and author

Mark Britz

Workplace Performance Advisor, markbritz.com

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"provide opportunities for an emotional connection to the content; invite conversations, create associations to personal experiences."

Matthew Guyan - eLearning expert and author

Matthew Guyan

Learning Experience Designer, Macquarie Group

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Create something that’s relevant for them, arouse their curiosity, challenge what they know, have them make decisions with consequences and ultimately help them to perform better."

Melissa Milloway - eLearning expert and author

Melissa Milloway

Learning Experience Design Manager, Amazon

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Invest in your professional development.Specialize in something and team up with colleagues who have different strengths.."

Michael Allen - eLearning expert and author

"Don’t think of elearning as a presentation. Make it an instructive conversation with the learner."

Mike Taylor - eLearning expert and author

Mike Taylor

Learning Consultant, Change 4 Growth Consulting

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"Clean and focused"

Nancy Woinoski - eLearning expert and author

Nancy Woinoski

President, Pinched Head

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning

"Focus on the copywriting!...Write a first draft and then edit...to eliminate everything that doesn’t support your objectives."

Patti Bryant - eLearning expert and author

Patti Bryant, M.A.Ed.

Founder, Learning. Reinvented

Featured in: Slide Design Tips Engaging eLearning

"Less is more on-screen."

Patti Shank - eLearning expert and author

Patti Shank

Founder, Learning Peaks, LLC

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Don’t just deliver content: Ask important questions and offer activities. Deep processing is critical for deeper learning."

Phil Mayor - eLearning expert and author

Phil Mayor

Award Winning Creative Director – Articulate MVP – Articulate Storyline Developer, Articulate

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"Avoid the templates and defaults setting. Make it visual and tell a story!"

Ray Jimenez - eLearning expert and author

Ray Jimenez, Ph.D.

Chief Architect, Situation Expert and Vignettes Learning

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"Write, speak, engage from your heart, try not to be a phony, be sincerely curious."

Richard Goring - eLearning expert and author

Richard Goring

Director, BrightCarbon

Featured in: Slide Design Tips

"Use Morph in PowerPoint – easily create dynamic visual content to effectively explain ideas then export to video for any use."

Richard Watson

President, Bridgehill Learning Solutions, LLC

Featured in: Engaging eLearning, Instructional Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Slide Design Tips, 2017 Trends, 2018 Trends

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"Every element on the slide engages the learner and moves them towards achieving the learning objective"

Rick Zanotti - eLearning expert and author

Rick Zanotti

President, RELATE Corporation

Featured in: Engaging eLearning2017 Trends

"Put the “multi-” back into multi-media, which is what eLearning is all about. Use all forms of media at your disposal to engage and promote retention.."

Rod Ward - eLearning expert and author

Rod Ward

Senior Technical Writer and E-learning Developer, BHP

Featured in: Engaging eLearning

"Find out more about your target audience and then design the content to be a close fit for their specific needs."

Ryan Tracey - eLearning expert and author

Ryan Tracey

Learning Innovation Manager, Macquarie Group

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2017 Trends

"My tip for making eLearning more engaging is to use video scenarios. Far too much content “tells” us what to do, when what we really need is to see it in action.."

Ron Price - eLearning expert and author

Ron Price

Chief Learning Officer, Yukon Learning

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"Would this content be better told or better discovered?"

Sally Cox - eLearning expert and author

Sally Cox

Instructional Designer, Splunk

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, 2017 Trends

"Clean design, proper use of color, and properly placed elements create a “flow” for your learner to follow."

Sam Rogers - eLearning expert and author

Sam Rogers

Global Learning Technologies & Learning Analytics Manager, ConvaTec

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips2018 Trends

"Use words learners use, not SMEs. Show things learners understand, not IDs."

Stefanie Lawless - eLearning expert and author

Stefanie Lawless

Vice President of Training, Yukon Learning

Featured in: Slide Design Tips

"Every slide should have a purpose. Don’t just fill the space: make it meaningful and impactful."

Steve Haskin - eLearning expert and author

Steve Haskin

Chief Creator, Industrial Strength Learning

Featured in: Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends, 2017 Trends

"Engage learners...visually. If you present...the same old slides with data. they'll tune out.."

Theresa Jackson - eLearning expert and author

Theresa Jackson

Instructor, Orchard View Color

Featured in: Slide Design Tips

"Tell a visual story with image and graphics."

Tim Buteyn - eLearning expert and author

Tim Buteyn

President and Chief e-Learning Strategist, ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc.

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning

"“White space” is your friend. Make sure everything on slide has a purpose, and it supports the learner’s comprehension."

Tim Slade - eLearning expert and author

Tim Slade

Speaker, Author & Award-Winning Freelance eLearning Designer, Tim Slade Omnimedia

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, Engaging eLearning

"Use your slides to help your learners see what you’re trying to say."

Tom Kuhlmann - eLearning expert and author

Tom Kuhlmann

Chief Learning Architect, Articulate

Featured in: Engaging eLearning

"Placing a person in a real-life scenario where they get to make decisions (for good or bad) is ideal.."

Tracy Parish - eLearning expert and author

Tracy Parish

Instructional Designer, E-Learning Developer, Speaker , Southlake Regional Health Centre

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips2017 Trends

"Ensure the font size is appropriate for the viewing audience; whether they are at the front/back of the room, or on a device."

Wendy Wickham - eLearning expert and author

Wendy Wickham

Author, Change in 4D

Featured in: Engaging eLearning, 2018 Trends

"Keep it short. Small, relevant chunks. 3 minutes or less.."

Will Thalheimer, PhD - eLearning expert and author

Will Thalheimer, PhD

President, Work-Learning Research, Inc.

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, 2017 Trends

"Guide learners’ attention by using slide elements wisely!!"

Zsolt Olah - eLearning expert and author

Zsolt Olah

Manager, Digital Learning and Experience, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Featured in: Slide Design Tips, Scenario Tips, 2018 Trends

"Forget slides! Imagine you’re having a conversation. You listen, probe, rephrase, clarify, explain…"

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