September 2018

Presentations (samples)

From Joann Lynch – Security Breach
From Tony Munson – Lifesaver UK

Monday, September 10, 2018 (IN-PERSON ONLY)
6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Business Meeting / Program

STELAR Lab is located in the basement of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center (LIB) – North of McNeely Hall (our former meeting place)
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

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Best Practices in eLearning

Let’s begin the program year with a panel discussion of best practices in eLearning. Our panelists may share examples of effective and ineffective eLearning courses that they have developed over the years. It’ll be an evening to inspire, learn and network.

You will:

  • Identify what design elements make eLearning courses an effective way to train a lot of users in a short period of time.
  • Assess a variety of sample eLearning courses to determine effectiveness.


Andrea Armagost is an avid explorer and adopter of new educational technologies. She is the founder of Level Nine Learning, a learning technologies consulting firm offering custom online learning development. She is also a Lead Learning and Development Consultant for Target Corporation where she creates learning solutions using responsive web development technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Human Resource Development and Learning Technologies, as well as graduate certificates in Adult Learning and Multimedia Design and Development. She serves on the board of the Professional Association for Computer Training as the Vice Technology Chair.

Joann Lynch analyzes and proposes creative solutions to resolve customer’s training and leadership development gaps as the Vice President of Client Services at Empowering Performance, Inc. (EPI). Joann has 20+ years designing and developing training, focused primarily on eLearning. Masters in Learning Technologies with certifications in Technical Writing, Organization Development, Synchronous Online Learning, and PROSCI/Change Management. She also owned a successful training company for 9 years.

Tony Munson is a Contract Technical Writer and Instructional Designer working in Minneapolis. He is currently President of MnISPI. He has recently studied eLearning at University of Wisconsin-Stout and has worked on two MnISPI eLearning projects during the last two years with our eLearning Special Interest Group. His primary industrial education experience is in the cardiac implantable device business with Medtronic, Biotronik, and Boston Scientific. Here he worked on Customer Education for clinical management of devices in patients. Earlier he focused on new-hire technical and sales training.

Jenny Nilsson is the owner of Varma Multimedia Learning. Jenny has been surrounded by technology since her parents bought a Radio Shack franchise when she was nine. She sold her first computer at the age of ten and has been helping people learn to use computers and software ever since.

Judy Nollet, doing business as White Plume Communications, is a freelance instructional designer, writer, and developer of online courses. She also translates “SME speak” into clear, concise content for standard operating procedures, job aids, tests, and other performance-support materials.

Kat Sears is an information designer and digital developer, who provides clients with creative solutions to improve performance and meet their business goals. After spending almost a decade working in the fields of marketing-communications and education in three countries, her diverse set of clients range across Fortune 500 companies, to non-profits, and public sector organizations. She specializes in digital transformation and crafting educational communication and visual design products that tell clear, compelling stories. She has a talent and passion for targeting global audiences and promoting digital accessibility. If asked what she does, she’ll say that she likes to make pretty things that also do really cool, useful stuff using innovative solutions. Currently, she works for Fredrickson Learning as a Learning Designer and Developer. She graduated salutatorian with two Honors BAs in Media Studies and Cultural Studies from the University of the Arts London, and holds a Masters in Digital Communication. She can read in three languages, and her biggest fans are her dogs, whose Polish names no one can pronounce.

Jill Stanton has more than 20 years of learning and development experience. Known for her positive leadership style, she has managed and designed many learning projects, including: training videos, eLearning, curriculum design, HR strategy, IT system development, learning strategy and design consulting, classroom training, and translation projects for clients across all industries. She served as President and Program Chair for the PACT Board. Her B.A. is in Education, Theatre, English and Psychology.