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News Flash: aLearning Trail Guide is Now Available in MORE e-versions!

Posted by Ellen on March 29, 2015

It’s been a long time coming, but aLearning: A Trail Guide to Association eLearning is now available for reading on your Kindle, Nook, or Kobo device. Prices range from $9.99 to about $13.

I’ve always believed this book is best used in print format, but so many people rely on their tablets and phones for content now that I decided to release this book in these formats.

The continued popularity of the aLearning book shouldn’t surprise any of us, but despite planning to retire the book, it sells consistently enough that I know its practical, step-by-step instructions and procedures for developing an online strategy haven’t lost their value, despite some changes in technology since the book was first published.

As always, if you purchase the book, have questions about various aspects of the strategic planning process or other topics, feel free to contact me directly by e-mail.

If you’re interested, or know someone who might benefit from this book, here are the links:




Still prefer the print version? Good for you! Just click the image of the book cover on the left to purchase a copy from Lulu. (If you’re asked to register, it’s free and worth it!)

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Posted by Ellen on July 7, 2012

My apologies! After promising that the tutorials and resources available at the aLearning Fundamentals site (an extension of would continue to be available while the blog is on hiatus, my hosting service has dumped all its clients. I’m in the process of shifting the site to another hosting service which will take some time.

If you need access to any of the tutorials or other resources before they’re back up and running, please contact me directly (my e-mail link is in the sidebar) and I’ll do what I can to get the materials to you another way.

Hope you’re all enjoying a great summer!

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Indefinite Hiatus

Posted by Ellen on April 24, 2012

Regular aLearning blog readers have probably noticed a sudden drop in activity here. No worries! We’re fine. But we are involved in some other areas these days and providing up-to-date insight on association-related elearning topics hasn’t been at the top of the list, sorry to say.

Previous posts on various topics continue to garner so many hits daily that the blog will sit, waiting and ready for new posts, when the time comes.

In the meantime, please know that the aLearning Fundamentals tutorials — always free and never requiring registration — are still live and will remain available here:

And the book aLearning: A Trail Guide to Association eLearning also continues to be available for purchase (in print, PDF, or e-book format) via Just click the image or button on the left for more information on how to order your copy.

As ever, you’re welcome to send me an e-mail directly via the link on the left (below “Contact Ellen” on the left).

I appreciate your support!


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New! FREE aLearning Tutorials!

Posted by Ellen on November 7, 2010

An instructional designer at heart and always the advocate of DIY… I thought I would create a few stand-alone tutorials, offer them here FREE and accomplish a few things (other than keeping myself entertained by creating them):

  • Provide some useful content on elearning and face-to-face facilitation topics
  • Show you some alternatives to expensive, outsourced elearning (though there’s a place for making that investment to be sure*)
  • Give you a “behind the scenes” look at how they were created using inexpensive, easily available tools (such as PowerPoint)
  • Inspire you to create your own for your members or fellow staffers

That last one will be easy: once you take a look at one of these, you’re sure to be saying, “Hey, I can do that!”

Actually, you’ll probably be saying, “I can do WAY better than that!”

I hope you do, and that you’ll let me know what you come up with, how you’ve improved on what I’ve started here, and provide some links and ideas to the rest of aLearning’s readers!

Remember: aLearning is not interested in collecting your info or tracking scoring or any of that stuff. As you’ll see when you launch these tutorials, they are not connected to an LMS, so I won’t know who’s accessing what anyway. Please feel free to poke around and explore.

ADDED BONUS: Feel free to provide any volunteer session leaders with the link to the “Leading Learning Events” tutorial: It might be just the thing you need to start that awkward conversation about how they can improve their sessions at face-to-face events.

Without further ado — here’s the link:

If there’s a topic you’d like to see offered, drop me an e-mail and let me know: For that matter, let me know what you think in general :)

Learning product and service providers — before you fire off a note to me promoting your tool or system, please take a look at the tutorials first. Don’t assume something needs a solution until you’ve indeed determined there’s a problem. That said, see the note on the launch page for information.


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Getting Noticed!

Posted by Ellen on January 17, 2010

The recent series on ASTD’s BEST Awards garnered some serious interest, and I thank all of the readers who read it and shared it. It’s gotten some great buzz from some folks I’d like to particularly thank:

Thanks to Manish Mohan for his inclusion of the aLearning Blog in his Best learning resources list for 2009!

And I’m thrilled that Stephen Downes at Stephen’s Web has noticed aLearning as well, particularly his comments about the series on 14 Things We Can Learn From the BEST.  Thank you, Stephen!

And Janet Clarey over at Brandon Hall Research gave the series a mention as well.  Maybe wecan look to them for an association-specific award someday! What do you say, Janet?

All of which begs the question — what have you learned at your association that isn’t covered by the ASTD’s winners?

If there were an award series for alearning, what would you enter from your association and why? What are you most proud of from 2009? What have you done that the rest of us could learn from?

Don’t be shy! Speak up!

Okay… if that naggling little bug in your ear says you don’t want to spill the beans in front of your competition, e-mail me privately and let me know you’d like to get some credit anonymously, and I’ll honor your request.

Let the awards begin!

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