Now Available: Michael Allen’s Latest Book: Successful e-Learning Interface

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Complimentary Chapter Download Available: “Introducing the CEO of LID”

Successful Learner Interface
Michael Allen explains a critical difference between user interface design–the ease and usability of a course–and learner interface design, a focus on helping learners think, learn, and perform.

Michael Allen, Chairman and CEO of Allen Interactions, announced today his latest book, Successful e-Learning Interface: Making Learning Technology Polite, Effective, And Fun, is now available for purchase.

About The Book
This, the third book in Michael Allen’s e-Learning Library, presents a much needed synthesis of user interface (UI) design principles used generally in software applications and of specific interface needs required by learning events. Learner interface and UI conflict at times, and learner interface must take precedence over UI in these cases. This idea book is chock full of successful e-learning interface examples, learner interface guidelines, challenge exercises and a reference guide of user interface design guidelines for pragmatic application.

“Michael Allen explains a critical difference between user interface design–the ease and usability of a course–and learner interface design, a focus on helping learners think, learn, and perform, “states Tony Bingham, President and CEO, The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). “This distinction provides an enlightening perspective for everyone in the field responsible for designing learning”.

Complimentary Chapter Download
A free chapter download from Successful e-Learning Interface, “Introducing the CEO of LID,” is available. The CEO principles for learner interface design (LID) introduced in this chapter–connect, empower, and orchestrate–illustrate that successful learning experiences, whether these experiences use e-learning technology for delivery or not, connect with learners; empower learners to make the most of e-learning’s capabilities and orchestrate the learning environment to provide critical feedback, help, and guidance.

“What Michael Allen has done in this volume of his series is to lay out what works, based on real experience. It’s an excellent guide, and it will help settle a lot of arguments or avoid misunderstanding about the Learning Interface," explains Bill Brandon, editor of Learning Solutions Magazine for The eLearning Guild, in his book review.

About Michael Allen’s e-Learning Library Series
Michael Allen’s e-Learning Library offers a review of the basics of instructional design and then lifts the lid on some common misconceptions that arise from what people think they know about instructional systems design. Michael Allen’s e-Learning Library is designed to help use time and resources effectively and to build the best e-learning experiences possible. Filled with illustrative examples, the book is pragmatic and contains easy-to-apply solutions. Six books are planned for this library, each to be focused on one major aspect of the process of designing and developing great e-learning applications.

About Michael Allen
Michael Allen is a recognized leader in the architecture and design of interactive multimedia learning systems and strategies. He is the chairman and CEO of Allen Interactions, which builds custom interactive learning solutions and provides consulting and training for interactive multimedia professionals. Allen Interactions will launch a new cloud-based authoring system and collaborative environment, ZebraZapps, in 2011, allowing developers and non-programmers the ability to create complex interactive applications with ease, as well as share, publish, and sell their inventions. Technology designed and built by Michael Allen led to the formation of Macromedia and revolutionized multimedia software development.

Allen holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from The Ohio State University and is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has written four books including the best-seller, Michael Allen’s Guide to e-Learning and his e-Learning Library. Additionally, he is editor of Michael Allen’s e-Learning Annuals. Michael received ASTD’s Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award in May 2011.

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