Title: What the e-learning
revolution should have taught us.
Subtitle: Or .
mistakes we do not want to repeat . over and over.
The e-learning revolution has been in full swing for over 15
years. Along the way advocates of e-learning have promised the
utopia of inexpensive, quickly developed, and consistently
high-quality education. Looking back, has the promise been
fulfilled? Probably not. So, what can we do to harness the
potential of e-learning while avoiding the siren call of
As a consultant, I am usually called in after the project has
"crashed." I analyze the remains to pin-point where the plan
fell apart. What I have learned over my long career is that it
is not just one thing that influences the success of an
e-learning project-it is a combination of factors.
This keynote will distill these critical factors into a
manageable checklist that you can use to evaluate your
e-learning project and increase its chances of success, while
saving time AND money. Always a good thing, don't you think?
William Horton has been
designing technology-based training since 1971 when, as an
undergraduate, he designed a network-based course for the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Advanced
William is an internationally
sought-after speaker and instructor. He has delivered
presentations to the Distance Learning Conference in Madison,
the Human Resources Association National Congress in São Paulo,
the Information Technology Training Association conference in
Barcelona, the Knowledge Management Seminarium in Stockholm, the
Institute for Information Industry in Taipei, and the Asian
Development Bank in Manila and Tokyo.
He is a registered Professional
Engineer, an MIT graduate, and Fellow of the Society for
Technical Communication. He is a recipient of ACM's Rigo Award
for contributions to software documentation, IEEE's Alfred N.
Goldsmith Award for contributions to engineering communications,
and the IF Award (Germany) for industrial design. He served on
ASTD's eCC (E-learning Courseware Certification) Committee,
which drafted quality standards for evaluating e-learning
William Horton is a prolific
author. His books include E-learning by Design, Designing and
Writing Online Documentation, Leading E-learning, Evaluating
E-learning, Using E-learning, and Secrets of User-Seductive
Documents. He is co-author of E-learning Tools and Technologies
(with his wife Kit), Getting Started in Online Learning, and The
Web Page Design Cookbook.
William and his wife Kit, the
other half of William Horton Consulting, live in downtown
Boulder, Colorado, just five blocks east of the Rocky Mountains,
in a hundred-year old house they are lovingly restoring. The
kitchen, which he and Kit redesigned themselves, was featured in
the April 1999 and September 2000 issues of Better Homes and