June 2009 Webmasters' Guild Meeting

e-Learning: Not Just Another PowerPoint

Session Overview

Why e-learning? What are the different types of e-learning? How do you create award-winning e-learning? These questions and more will be answered by the Professional Development Program (PDP), which has been creating e-learning for a variety of NYS agencies and other organizations for more than ten years. In this presentation, three members of PDP's Instructional Technologies team will share both general information about this ever-evolving field, and specifics about their own experience as developers of web-based instruction. The team will demonstrate projects that differ greatly in content, audience, and budget, and will explain in detail the process used in development and lessons learned from each.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Defining and comparing types of e-learning
  • Making the case for e-learning
  • The development process, including working with subject matter experts, designers, and programmers
  • Instructional design, interface design, and technical design considerations
  • Usability testing and accessibility concerns
  • Challenges and lessons learned


8:30 - 9:00
9:00 - 9:15
Opening Remarks and Greetings NYS Forum's Webmasters' Guild Officers
Jim Costello, NYS Forum's Webmasters' Guild Co-Chair
9:15 - 11:15
e-Learning: Not Just Another PowerPoint
Rebecca Stanley, Program Manager, Instructional Technologies
Ed Skawinski, e-Learning Developer
Bryan Sotherden, e-Learning Developer
Professional Development Program (PDP), Rockefeller College, University at Albany

Rebecca is the manager for the Instructional Technologies unit at PDP. With over 20 years experience in media and distance learning, Rebecca has played a pivotal role in establishing PDP's reputation as a leader in developing high-quality e-learning. Rebecca will share her perspective on the planning, development and evaluation of e-learning.

Ed is an e-learning developer with over 10 years experience in instructional design and web development. Much of Ed's discussion will revolve around interface design and "designing from the inside out".

Bryan is an e-learning developer with over 10 years experience in media production, web-based training, and web programming. Bryan will discuss the framework used for e-learning development, and the many challenges faced in building customized solutions.

There will be time for questions and answers during and after the presentations.

Time & Place:

  • Friday, June 5th, 2009
  • 9:00am - Noon (8:30 am Check-in/Registration)
  • Meeting Rooms 2 & 3, Empire State Plaza, Albany NY

This session is open at no charge to:

  • All state and local government employees
  • IT Corporate Roundtable members