What are you planning to improve for 2018?

It’s that time of the year when we make New Year’s resolutions. We often commit to do something that will improve our lives in the coming year. What are you planning to improve for 2018? Want to lose weight? Stop smoking? Go to the gym more often? Get more creative at work? Learn some new skills? Challenge yourself in new ways?

For many people, the resolutions we make in January are broken before the end of February! A research study conducted at the University of Scranton has suggested that just 8% of people reach the goals they set as New Year’s resolutions. That means that 92% of people don’t keep their resolutions. Which statistic do you want to be a part of? This year why not make a resolution you can easily keep?

Set your resolution in motion by planning to attend the 9th annual eACH Conference on July 12th and 13th, 2018. It meets the criteria of keeping a resolution simple, tangible and specific. That means you’ll be more likely to keep it. All you need to do is commit to opening yourself up to a great conference experience. It’s an opportunity to improve your eLearning life by stimulating your creativity and introducing you to like-minded people who share your passion for good learning!

We’ve already posted accommodation details and opened our call for presenters. We’ll be announcing our keynote speaker shortly as he’s too good to keep under wraps! Don’t forget to check out our website regularly as we add information about our agenda. Also, don’t forget to check out our website regularly as we add information about our agenda.

The nice thing about attending the eACH Conference is that it can become a habit when you plan to attend on an annual basis – a positive habit. So, join us in Toronto this July and make it your New Year’s resolution to attend and perhaps even present. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Photo by: Norwood Themes

Overview of LIMe and VLMS


Platinum Sponsor: Clarity

Session Description:


  1.  New Look for an Enhanced Learning Experience
    • With a refreshing look, outstanding reliability and uptime performance
  2. Effective Reporting to Support Compliance
    • LIMe’s robust, secure reporting feature is the backbone of the application
  3. From Learning Plans to Learning Empowerment
    • Learning plans are a useful tool for onboarding, closing skill gaps, employee development team development and mentoring


  1. Save Time Recruiting with Self Registration
    • Self-Registration makes it easy for your volunteers to apply
  2. Prepare your volunteers with the right training
    • Avoid the hassle of scheduling training for your volunteers thanks to the built in LMS
  3. Track & Report volunteer participation
    • Making sure all of your volunteers are compliant with your care facilities policies and procedures.

Audience Level:

Novice, Intermediate, Advanced

The Sharing Economy


Platinum Sponsor: Dual Code

Session Description:

Sharing courses and new LMS features can make eLearning at Canadian hospitals much more efficient and effective. Learn how the Open Collaboration Initiative (OCI) will allow your hospital to:

  •     benefit from the latest LMS features funded by other hospitals and healthcare partners
  •     connect to your peer hospitals’s LMSs using single sign-on
  •     access courses and training material developed by other hospitals and healthcare organizations
  •     automatically receive learning records for your learners even when they complete the course on someone else’s LMS
  •     run compliance reports on your LMS even for learning that took place on your partner organization’s LMS

OCI is both a technical solution and a partnership model. Join us for a presentation and discussion to learn how this can work for you.

Audience Level:

Novice, Intermediate, Advanced

How do you get your boss to send you to eACH?

Attending conferences and workshops is an important part of keeping in touch with other people in your field, learning new tips and tricks, recharging your creative batteries and keeping yourself current with advances in technology. If you don’t attend conferences regularly, you can get “stale”, like day-old bread.  However, it’s not always easy to get the funding support you need to attend conferences – after all, most of us live on a very tight budget!

So, if you’ve got challenges when it comes to budget, how do you convince your boss that you need to attend eACH this year? Most blogs and posts on this subject agree that you need to market yourself.  That means being direct with your boss about why you should go, outlining benefits for your organization. It’s best to prepare your argument before even approaching your boss for his/her support.  Here are some tips and tricks that will help you prepare for that conversation.

  1. When approaching your boss, be direct. Don’t ask “What if I attended the eACH conference?”. Ask “I’d like to attend the eACH conference in June. Will you approve me to attend on company time and will the organization pay for it?”
  2. Prepare a list of benefits for your organization if you attend the conference. See below for some ideas about why you should attend eACH 2017.
  3. Know how much you’re asking for. Calculate how much it will cost to send you to the conference and have this information ready to share during your discussion. Include the conference cost, transportation, accommodation and any other incidentals. Also think about how you can decrease these costs – can you stay with a friend in the city? Take the train in each day as opposed to staying in a hotel? Would you be willing to split the cost with your employer?
  4. Have a contingency plan if your boss says no. If he/she is worried about you missing key meetings or deadlines, have a work plan prepared that will help you meet deadlines and contribute to meetings in advance of attending the conference. Can you attend the meeting using Skype? Could you prepare a briefing paper in advance?
  5. Outline how you will share the information you’ve learned with your team members and co-workers. Show your boss that attending the conference can be a learning opportunity for your colleagues as well.
  6. Be strategic. Relate how attending the conference will help you respond to and deal with specific issues in your organization. You’ll be able to connect with other people in similar organizations who have similar challenges.
  7. Be enthusiastic!

Do a Google search if you’re having trouble coming up with ideas. You are not the first person who had to approach their boss for support for attending a conference and you definitely won’t be the last.  Check out posts like Feeding Your Inner Geek – Top Tips for Getting to Conferences for some ideas about how to get there and what to do once you’ve returned from the conference.

Once you’ve done all your homework take some time to review the eACH website. Check out our concurrent sessions, our keynote speakers, our Show and Share past winners and our pre-conference sessions.  There will be some serious learning going on at eACH!

What exactly are the benefits of attending eACH?

  • It’s a great conference, not so big that you can get lost among the delegates, but big enough to attract people from across North America. This means that you’ll get a chance to meet a lot of people, some of whom you may know from blogs, learning communities and social media.
  • You’ll make lots of connections with people who are experienced in their field. This will help you in your role as an e-learning developer and improve your ability to create better eLearning.
  • You’ll participate in workshops, discussions and the “show and share” portions of the conference and come away with some great ideas for your own work.
  • You can focus on topics that will benefit you at work, whether it’s incorporating more video in your eLearning to learning a new piece of software.
  • It’s in Toronto – easily accessible by train, plane and even public transit, which makes it a very reasonably priced destination.
  • It’s a deal, especially if you book as an earlybird attendee.
  • It will give you an opportunity to potentially showcase your own work if you participate in our Show and Share session. You can get feedback on what you’ve worked on!
  • A short work trip away from the office will re-energize you and give you the tools to work better and smarter when you return to work.
  • You can share what you’ve learned with others in your organization and can outline to your boss just how you can make that happen.

Approaching your organization for support to attend eACH is about marketing yourself and being prepared. You will come away with a wealth of new ideas, new contacts and new skills.  What are you waiting for?

What exactly is a Show and Share?

Show and Share Ticket

Do you remember being in Kindergarten and being so excited to share something with the rest of your class?  So excited, in fact, that you couldn’t keep it to yourself?

Fast forward to your adult years…have you been working on a puzzle you never thought you’d solve and yet you did?  Did you impress your work colleagues by creating an eLearning masterpiece?   Did you learn and apply a new skill?  Did you solve a problem by using your instructional design skills, technology tools, new technologies, or by designing new processes?  Why not share your success with others?

That’s what our “Show and Share” is all about.  It gives you 10 minutes to brag about your accomplishment and share it with people who can truly appreciate the time and effort you put into your project.  It’s your time to shine, to give you an opportunity in the spotlight!

Prizes will be awarded to the People’s Choice and Best in Show.  So get your “ticket” now – submit your innovative project to “Show and Share” before April 21 and join us at the eACH Conference. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Agenda Now Posted: Join us in Toronto this summer at the eACH Conference – eLearning Symposium

In This Issue….

  • Wrap up the fiscal year with our Early Bird Pricing
  • Full Conference Agenda and Workshops Now Posted

Join us this summer in Toronto – June 15 & 16, 2017

Full Agenda for Workshops and Conference (link)

Thursday, June 15, 2017   08:00 – 16:30 

Friday, June 16, 2017   08:00 – 16:30 

  • Keynote speaker – Julie Dirksen
  • Various Concurrent Sessions to choose from
  • Show and Share demonstrations

This Year’s Keynote – Julie Dirksen

“Talk to the Elephant: Design for Behavior Change”

Frequently, learning design is about showing people how to do the right things, but actually getting them to change their behavior can be another story. It’s particularly challenging to get people to change those intractable habits and behaviors that everyone struggles to avoid, despite the wealth of available information about better choices.

This session will explore how to design with behavior change in mind. We will examine behavior change from a number of different angles, using techniques from the fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics, behavioral psychology, persuasive technology, user experience, and even game design.

Julie Dirksen is an independent consultant and instructional designer who has more than 20 years’ experience creating highly interactive e-Learning experiences for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to innovative technology startups to major grant-funded research initiatives. She is the author of the book Design For How People Learn. She’s happiest whenever she gets to learn something new and you can find her online at www.usablelearning.com.

Draw for Free Workshop Registration
Conference Referrals:

Refer 2 people to the eACH conference and you are entered into a draw for a free pre-conference workshop registration.  When your friends register they select YES I heard about the eACH conference from a friend, and then type in your name.
**Referees must already be registered for a pre-conference workshop to be eligible for the draw.

Registration is Open
Click here to register.

Early Bird Pricing Ends May 31st

  • eACH Conference ONLY on Friday June 16th $185.00
  • Pre-Conference Workshop ONLY on Thursday June 15th $225.00
  • Pre-Conference Workshop June 15th  & eACH Conference June 16th $385.00

Pricing After May 31st

  • eACH Conference ONLY on Friday June 16th $200.00
  • Pre-Conference Workshop ONLY on Thursday June 15th $275.00
  • Pre-Conference Workshop June 15th & eACH Conference June 16th $425.00

Follow Us:

Follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #eACHConf or visit our webpage at http://eachconference.ca/.

Website: www.eachconference.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eachconference
Linkedin Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3958747

We look forward to connecting with you before and during this year’s conference.

eACH Committee

UX Design for Learning


Pia Zeni, Online Learning Consultant, Centre for Extended Learning
University of Waterloo

As an Online Learning Consultant at the Centre for Extended Learning, University of Waterloo, Pia is passionate about designing and delivering quality online learning experiences. Her work straddles the worlds of instructional design, user experience design, and project management, helping course instructors to design online courses that are engaging, relevant, and outcomes-focused; and managing cross-functional teams to help bring the design to reality. Her practice is informed by research: recent research interests include transfer of online learning to real-world contexts and adapting user experience design (UXD) to the context of online learning. Pia lives in Stratford, Ontario and is obsessed with Shakespeare.

Matt Justice, Production Manager, Centre for Extended Learning
University of Waterloo

Matt has been supporting university faculty in their use of instructional web technologies for over twenty years, with a career path that spans Oxford Brookes University, Ryerson University, and since 2009, the University of Waterloo. As Production Manager at the Centre for Extended Learning, Matt is  responsible for managing multimedia development and quality control. He has been a vocal advocate for web accessibility, and more broadly, user experience, throughout his career, and has presented on associated best practices at the global user conferences of WebCT, Blackboard and D2L, and the national conferences of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the New Media Consortium. He grew up just a 30 min drive from the real Stratford (in the UK) and has very little interest in Shakespeare.

Session Description:

The Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) at the University of Waterloo is committed to creating well-designed, evidence-based online courses that provide valuable learning experiences for students. We design and develop plenty of academic courses of course, but we also work with external clients to create e-learning courseware solutions, many of which are tailored for the healthcare industry. In everything we produce, we strive to design courses that integrate learning theory, the pedagogical design vision of the course author, and rapidly-evolving student expectations for engaging and connected online experiences.

To ensure that our students, our users, are always front of mind, we have adopted Morville’s user experience (UX) honeycomb as a framework to guide our design and development process. We’ve adapted the honeycomb for a teaching and learning context, incorporated the work of a host of leading UX specialists and cognitive psychologists, and created a cohesive set of guidelines to help online course designers, developers, and authors “make connections that make a difference” (Morville, 2016). We call our framework user experience design for learning (UXDL). Join us to find out how you too can leverage UXDL principles to create online learning experiences that are more useful, desirable, accessible, credible, and intuitive.

In this session you will learn:

  • to recognize user experience (UX) as an important part of the course design process
  • how to apply well-established UX principles to e-learning course design
  • how to advocate for UX at your own institution/organization

Audience Level:

Novice, Intermediate, Advanced

Advertiser’s Secrets to Compelling Training Videos


Danielle Wallace, Learning Director
Beyond the Sky: Custom Learning

Danielle Wallace, CTDP, creates truly innovative learning that sticks. She is an Instructional Designer with Beyond the Sky providing engaging custom learning solutions for global and local clients. She brings her marketing expertise from Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, and various executive-level roles into Learning & Development to ensure learners acquire new skills. She’s recognized for being agile and creative to exceed expectations.

Session Description:

With short attention spans and the need to “break through the clutter,” how can your learning videos leave your audience remembering your message? Try looking to a field that does this well: advertising. If commercials can get people to purchase items they don’t need, how can you use these marketing secrets to influence learners (and do this without them feeling manipulated)?

In this energetic, hands-on session you will learn what makes some ads so compelling they persuade you to buy. Through team activities and examples, this session will explore the strategic framework to use when creating a learning video strategy as well as the design considerations.

In this session you will learn:

  • Explain the video “hooks” to make the content in your learning video memorable.
  • Apply the four characteristics of effectively using visuals to design or evaluate videos.

Audience Level:

Novice, Intermediate, Advanced

Agile Instructional Design…Learnings From Africa and Beyond


Jo-Anne Hecht, Senior Instructional Designer and Performance Consultant
J. H. Consulting

Jo-Anne’s combined experience of a decade in hospitality operations and over a decade in the learning & development field gives her a unique perspective on increasing performance while ensuring organizational efficiencies. Since migrating into learning & development, Jo-Anne has worked with a global hospitality training organization, a leading performance design collective, and a performance enhancement non-profit organization as director of learning & development. Jo-Anne holds an MBA, a master’s certificate in adult training and development, and her CTDP designation

Session Description:

Have you ever thought you were designing to one set of objectives only to find the objectives have changed and you now have 24 hours to shift your instructional design approach…I had the opportunity to work in both Honduras and Tanzania where they occurred. Our original objectives were around developing standard operating procedures for hotel groups…in reality the objectives were around instilling managerial fundamentals to inexperienced hotel owners, managers, and supervisors. This session will focus on how to balance agility and sound instructional design and adult learning principles and methodology (ADDIE) while working within fluid circumstances. Participants will be asked to work through this real-life situation and determine what they would do to keep the balance.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to maintain your instructional design integrity and rigour as objectives and priorities shift in an ever-changing environment.

Audience Level:

Novice, Intermediate, Advanced

Using Competency Pathways to Support Learning


Debra Wingfield, Manager Education & Technology
Hamilton Health Sciences

Romaine Sheriff, Manager Clinical Practice and Education
Hamilton Health Sciences

Debra’s current role is Manager, Education & Technology and she is responsible for the HHS Staff Libraries, the Learning Management System, tuition funding opportunities for staff and acts as educational liaison for various corporate-wide initiatives.

Her experience as a manager, an educator, an instructional designer, a library advocate, an organization development specialist and an accountant have given her a unique outlook on working in the hospital environment. Her first love is education, and she completed her master’s thesis in education in 2007. Her work was centred on the implementation of online learning at HHS. Since then she has presented on the topic of online learning at several conferences and has even published a book about her experiences.

Session Description:

In response to a budget cut, a team that delivered specialized services, the Vascular Access team, was downsized. As a result, nursing staff were expected to perform the skills of starting and maintaining intravenous lines, as well as drawing blood samples without expert guidance and support. Because the team had been in place for a number of years, 2,000+ nursing staff had not maintained these skills or attended one of the team’s workshops and they needed to be supported in their practice. The skills to be taught were complex and required a combination of theory and hands-on practice.

In 2012, a learning pathway that provided a blended education approach was developed and has been in place for 4 years. The 4 step learning pathway is tracked in the corporate learning management system. It consists of completion of an e-learning module, a 6 hour hands-on classroom session, demonstration of skills in the hospital environment with a preceptor and a final exam (administered in the LMS). There were significant challenges along the way, including continual updating of content and user demand.

The positive support for this learning pathway was so great that other pathways were added, including a physical assessment pathway, a skin and wound pathway, a central venous access device pathway and a soon to be implemented bedside medication verification pathway. Each pathway added has challenged us in new ways. Lessons learned will be presented, along with recommendations for success.

In this session you will learn:

  • what one large organization did to address a complex learning need that occurred
  • some of the issues you will need to consider in moving to a blended learning approach
  • how to gain support for such a large-scale learning change
  • how to select learning that should be delivered in competency pathway format

Audience Level:

Novice, Intermediate

Technology Discussed:

learning management systems; video; low-fidelity simulation