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