Instructional Interactivity

Design 101

Based on the industry-leading ideas from Michael Allen’s Guide to e-Learning, this course will fundamentally change the way you perceive the design and development of digital training. Learn the core design principles of Learner-Centered Design, Instructional Interactivity (CCAF), the Three Success Factors (M&Ms), and the Magic Keys to enhancing motivation. Includes a brief introduction to and practice in iterative rapid design with sketching.

Single course: $1,495

As part of ACIP program: $1,295

Upcoming sessions

  • Starting October 6th, 2020

Design 101 Register Now

Course information

This course is a foundation course for all Allen Academy Programs. 

In this course, you will:

  • Create meaningful, instructional context
  • Manipulate risk and consequences to challenge learners
  • Focus design on meaningful behavioral outcomes
  • Employ feedback as a crucial teaching vehicle
  • Apply simple design elements to transform learner motivation
  • Develop interactivity design ideas through sketching and prototyping

Prerequisites: None

Experience level: Any

Format: Virtual instructor-led (webinar series)

Duration: 12 hours total (6 x 2-hour instructor-led sessions)

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Ethan Edwards


As Chief Instructional Strategist for Allen Interactions, Ethan Edwards draws from more than 30 years of industry experience as an e-learning instructional designer and developer. He spent many years teaching certification classes for ATD, and he is a frequent blogger for Allen Interactions’ e-Learning Leadership Blog


Dr. Nan Thornton


Dr. Nan Thornton has been working in the fields of instructional design and e-learning for 30 years. Her professional experience runs the gamut from instructional designer and project manager to consultant and trainer. Nan is passionate about instructional design and cognitive science, and supports the Serious e-Learning Manifesto and the Debunker's Club

Upcoming sessions

  • Starting October 6th, 2020

Design 101 Register Now

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