American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Cascadia Chapter Serving Oregon and Southwest Washington
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Program Description


eLearning Strategies
June 11-12, 2009


The eLearning Strategies course provides an overview of the strategic imperatives, issues and types of decision required when implementing eLearning programs.

The course is a two-day, classroom-based program. It has an online component that offers the opportunity to combine theory with practical application in real life situations. It emphasizes a strategic perspective rather than building technical expertise.

This course is designed for:

  • Those wishing to break into the eLearning arena
  • Training professionals who are planning on introducing or expanding the use of eLearning in their organization's training efforts
  • Senior leaders and training managers who are responsible for funding or approving eLearning in their organizations

This course is NOT designed for:

  • Developers who want technical and development specifics

eLearning Strategies is offered cooperatively by ASTD-Cascadia Chapter and Portland State University (PSU). Participants may receive 1 hour elective credit from PSU for an additional fee of $55. Persons taking the workshop for credit must attend the entire workshop and complete a required project. The lead instructor for this course will work with any students who take the course for credit. If you are planning on taking the series for credit, please read the information on credit registration at the end of this page.

NOTE: Each session is designed to build on the last one. This means that the entire course is intended to be taken by one person, not split between 2 or more individuals. Full registrations will be accepted for 1 person only. 

Course Content

June 11
8:30 am - Noon
Foundation Concepts in eLearning

Roni Viles
MindDance Learning



  • What is eLearning
  • An overview of all the elements of the program
  • Important terminology
  • eLearning in the family of other training methods
  • eLearning approaches and delivery modes
  • Software and equipment needs
  • Developing an eLearning strategy
  • The fit with adult learning theory

June 11
1 - 4:30 pm

Designing eLearning Programs

Katherine Stevens
ISITE Design



  • The marks of good program design
  • Conducting a focused needs assessment
  • How to select appropriate instructional methods based on the audience, goals and objectives
  • Making it interactive
  • Incorporating social learning (blogs, wikis, podcasts)
June 12
8:30 am - Noon

The eLearning Development Process

Dave Richards
Fourth Star 


  • Developing an eLearning course (You'll actually create a course as a group activity in this session.)
  • Rapid development processes
  • Introduction to common development tools
June 12
1 - 4:30 pm
Learning Management Systems - Is Your Business Ready?

Theme Grenz
State of Oregon



  • Aligning the LMS value to business objectives
  • Establishing and managing an LMS
  • LMS implementation pitfalls to avoid
  • ROI Considerations
  • Costs to consider
  • Evaluating the entire learning experience
  • LMS demonstration (you get to practice)


Alignment with National ASTD Competency Model

9 Focus Areas

Areas in BOLD will be addressed in this presentation.

1. Designing Learning
2. Improving Human Performance
3. Delivering Training
4. Measuring and Evaluating
5. Facilitating Organizational Change
6. Managing the Learning Function
7. Coaching
8. Managing Organizational Knowledge
9. Career Planning and Talent Management



Thursday and Friday
June 11-12, 2009


8:30 am - 4:30 pm both days


Neuberger Hall
Room 437
SW Broadway and SW Hall
Portland, OR

For directions, use

Parking Limited street parking available. Click here for a campus map. Click here for a link to the PSU parking web site. Neither ASTD nor PSU will validate or pay for parking.
Cost Chapter Members and Affiliates $150 (by May 27)
$180 (after May 27)
Others $175 (by May 27)
$205 (after May 27)
Student Members

$10 reduction using promo code provided by ASTD office.

Refreshments On your own.
Refunds Refunds are allowed if a written cancellation is received in the ASTD office no later than May 27, 2009 and we have someone available to take your spot. No refunds are given after that date. Refunds for those electing the credit option cannot be given after the event.
Credit To obtain the one hour of credit, you must register for and attend all four sessions and then add $55 to that cost. The course number for credit for ASTD chapter members is TBA and for others is TBA.

To receive credit, you must attend the entire two days and be prepared to do a paper as determined by the lead instructor. Students taking the course for graduate credit must take the course for a letter grade and must achieve at least a "B" grade in order to the credit to be transferable into the graduate program.

This course can be used as an elective in the PSU PACE program.

To Register

Use our online form.

Since there is only room for 20 in this program, registration at the door will be dependent upon available space.

NOTE: Each person who attends all 4 sessions ot the eLearning Strategies series will receive a $25 discount coupon for any other chapter program in 2009.

NOTE: Each session is designed to build on the last one. This means that the entire course is intended to be taken by one person, not split between 2 or more individuals. Full registrations will be accepted for 1 person only. 

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