Get the skills you need to make a change.

The Allen Academy offers instructor-led training that teaches you how to create, support, and evaluate great learning experiences that make a difference.


Our instructors have decades of experience in instructional design, consulting, e-learning development, and they're here to help you. 

Ethan Edwards

As Chief Instructional Strategist for Allen Interactions, Ethan Edwards draws from more than 30 years of industry experience as an elearning 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 eLearning Manifesto and the Debunker's Club



Dr. Michael Allen

For 45 years, Dr. Michael Allen has been a pioneer in defining unique methods of instructional design and development to provide Meaningful and Memorable learning experiences through “true” cognitive interactivity. He is the founder and CEO of Allen Interactions.

He is a prolific writer with nine published books on designing effective elearning solutions, including his latest second edition: Michael Allen’s Guide to eLearning.



Ellen Burns-Johnson

As an instructional designer with Allen Interactions, Ellen has crafted the instructional strategy and design for dozens of major initiatives on diverse topics, from hospitality software to classroom safety to elder abuse prevention. Her work has received multiple awards for interactivity and gameful design. Ellen is also the lead pioneer of the Game Lab, an emerging group within Allen Interactions focusing on innovation in the game-based learning space.