Converting Instructor-Led Training to Web Based Training

Great Voyages: Instructor-Led Training to Web-Based Training

The journey from Instructor-Led Training (ILT) to Web-Based Training (WBT) is fraught with challenges, but it is undoubtedly a journey worth making. We at MicroAssist would like to serve as your guide. In 2011, MicroAssist hosted a five-part series of short seminars geared towards Instructional Designers converting ILT to E-Learning. Great Voyages was so successful that we'd like to share those insights with you. 

Are you beginning to explore an E-Learning project? Do you have classroom training you'd like to be able to deliver with consistency at a lower cost? Find out what E-Learning can do for your organization, or email Heather Poggi-Mannis, our E-Learning specialist. 

Part One: Setting Sail

  • What makes E-Learning effective
  • Fundamental learning strategies
  • Instructional design considerations
  • Best practices for online learning


Part Two: Getting Your Sea Legs

  • Characteristics of web-based training versus other training modalities
  • Demos of web capabilities, including augmented reality
  • How a user's previous web experience shapes their expectations

Part Three: The Lingua Franca

  • How do people read online?
  • Comparison of reading online versus in print
  • Best practices for presenting text online
  • How to facilitate online reading
  • Basics of screen design

Part Four: Flying Colors

  • Visual style - making the first impression
  • Graphic design - applying principles the professionals use
  • Color - selecting appropriate color schemes
  • Informational images - communicating clearly
  • Technical considerations - using appropriate file formats

Part Five: Land Ho! The Final Steps

  • Usability and accessibility - the law, your image, and your E-Learning's reach
  • Accessibility basics - concerns for vision-impaired, color blind, hearing-impaired, and mobility-impaired users
  • Testing and tools - where to find them, how to use them, and their challenges
  • Usability considerations - demonstrations of poor accessibility, examples of good design and intuitive navigation

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Jillian McCarthy is MicroAssist's E-Learning Production Manager. She is passionate about accessibility, and believes the internet provides a rare vehicle for communicating knowledge equitably and is excited to address the challenges that presents. Jillian is MicroAssist's Lectora expert and has taught workshops at events like the E-Learning Council's E-Learning Symposium. She also enjoys competing in Knowbility's Accessibility Internet Rally, a web design competition focused on web accessibility. 


Linda Warren is MicroAssist's lead Instructional Designer. With a Masters in instructional technology and a Bachelors in biomedical communications arts, she has lent her E-Learning expertise to graduate level courses at universities, state agencies, and corporations.

Before bringing her focus to E-Learning, Linda worked as a visual communicator, using static and motion graphics to educate audiences about complex and abstract medical subjects. Her visual art background, college-level teaching experience, and web design work lend themselves naturally to her interest in E-Learning.

To see more of Linda and Jillian's work, check out the E-Learning section of our website.

Have a question? Meet Heather Poggi-Mannis, our E-Learning evangelist. Heather has been working in the training industry for 12 years. Her technical background and previous experience includes a BSEE from the University of Texas at Austin, working for Texas Insturments Analog Devices, as well as product manager for a Computer Telephony Integration product line in the early 1990s. In each of these roles she provided outreach and training to both her internal and external clients.

Now Heather is dedicated to helping people find the right E-Learning solution for their organization. She'll take you through every step of the process from technology considerations to content development, all the way through to review, deployment, and hosting.