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Webinar - Getting Started with Instructional Design

  • Tue, February 23, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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People get into eLearning from a variety of professions. Some were subject matter experts or trainers; others had focused their careers on media or web development. At some point, though, someone asked or encouraged them to develop eLearning. So, they bought and learned to use an authoring tool, but they likely weren’t given much background on instructional design techniques and how these can help them build better eLearning.

During this session, you’ll get a solid introduction to the core basics of instructional design. Participants will define what quality eLearning experiences are like by reviewing self-paced courses and discussing likes and dislikes. Then, you’ll look at how using instructional design principles and processes improves quality, ROI, user satisfaction, and success rates. You’ll explore how needs assessments can help you know what your audience needs. You’ll also build your skills by learning to write measurable behavioral objectives based on your needs assessments; see examples of course design documents and storyboards; and receive a list of resources that can help you continue to grow your eLearning skills after the session.

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Explain why following Instructional Design processes and principles improves success
  • Distinguish between high and low quality eLearning
  • Define ADDIE and describe the stages of this common Instructional Design process
  • Ask needs assessment questions that help you avoid common eLearning pitfalls
  • Write behavioral objectives that lead to measurable results
  • Describe the process of designing, storyboarding and producing eLearning
  • Describe the process of implementing and evaluating eLearning
  • List the skill sets needed for developing high quality eLearning and how to obtain them


Jennifer De Vries, President, BlueStreak Learning

Jennifer De Vries, MA, CPT, is the President and Chief Solutions Architect for BlueStreak Learning. Jennifer has over 25 years of experience in managing eLearning programs for companies such as IBM, Motorola, Joint Commission Resources, and Thomson/NETg. She frequently writes on the topic of eLearning for industry journals and is best known for her groundbreaking report about Rapid E-Learning published by Bersin & Associates. In 2010, Jennifer was named one of the top 20 most influential people in online learning by She has an MA in Instructional and Training Technology from Governors State University in Illinois and is designated as a Certified Performance Technologist by the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

Professional Certifications & Continuing Education Credits:

This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

This program is eligible for 1.5 Credit Hour for either a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) or Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credential holder.


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