September 2013

TOPIC: State of the e-Learning Industry

Date: Monday, September 9, 2013


6:00 – 6:30 pm:Networking

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Meeting


What does digital learning look like? How can we use online sources to support learning? Do rapid-development tools increase or decrease the quality of e-Learning courses? Is there a way to enable more learning with tighter budgets? We’re launching our program year by asking big questions and sharing opinions about the answers. Mary Texer will facilitate what’s sure to be a lively roundtable discussion about the state of our industry.


Mary Texer is the Manager of IT Learning and Development at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN and a long-time member of the DLF.

Material from the Presentation

The following is a list of the high level topics that were discussed.

  • Blended
  • SCORM Compliant
  • Use LMS to store objects so they are reusable
  • Quick and Dirty Development
  • Storyline
  • It has become a Less Rigorous Art
  • Cross platform compatible
  • mLearning
  • 1-to-1 learning
  • Self-paced
  • Fast Short Cheap
  • Show Effectiveness
  • Good enough
  • Budgets flat at best
  • Costs more to produce
  • SLOW decision making
  • People’s buckets are full
  • Good Fast Cheap – pick 2
  • Prototyping is not being done with current tools which include
  1. Captivate
  2. Articulate
  3. Storyline
  4. SnagIt
  5. HTML5
  • Curtis Bonk – MOOC on Online Learning; he has also written books on online learning & strategy
  • Watching does not equate to actually learning
  • How do we evaluate actual learning?
  • Badges vs Certificates vs Degrees vs ???
  • Virtual Mentoring
  • Flipped Classroom