The Chef

Erik LordHouse Specialties

ApLinkedInpetizer: Instructional Design
Main course: Media Development
Dessert: Effective Training!

This is pretty much pulled word-for-word from my LinkedIn profile. For now, it’ll suffice. I’ll get a bit more detailed later, maybe.

I’m an “eLearning professional”, and hopefully by now at least a relative expert. After earning my MSIT from Bloomsburg University in 1994, I’ve been in the field longer than the term ‘eLearning’ itself has been around – jumping around the time ‘CBT’ (computer-based instruction) and ‘CAI’ (computer-assisted instruction) were the buzzwords…and even before ‘buzzword’ was a buzzword.

Regardless of the terminology, I have a solid Instructional Design background resulting in effective on- and off-line training solutions. With Learning Management Systems as a preferred method of delivering web-based training to a diverse audience, SCORM and xAPI (TinCan) compliance has become a specialty.

I started in development and have experience in a wide variety of course authoring tools, from old-school Authorware to Captivate and Storyline. Despite their ending-of-development of Authorware, I maintain a solid relationship with Adobe though membership in the Adobe Community Professionals (ACP) program.

A general thirst for knowledge helps keep me on-track with the latest industry developments, which I hope to share with you here. Overall, my goal is to help DeVry University, and my own direct customers deliver the most effective eLearning products their needs require.

This TED Talk is not my direct inspiration, and a bit commercial, but is a good introduction to the direction eLearning is growing. I’m not sure ‘MOOCs’ are an answer, as they are, but the overall goal of providing instruction and knowledge through online methods is certainly the core of my interest. Whether Coursera, or edX, or just using search engines  – ‘eLearning’ has quite a ride ahead of it.

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