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Ask a Trainer Video: Managing Learning Projects

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Trying to design, develop, and deliver good learning experiences is hard enough. However, when you combine that with tight deadlines, demanding stakeholders, and finicky subject matter experts, it’s enough to make you want to pull your hair out. But it’s part of the job!

Managing your learning projects doesn’t have to be a headache. You just need some practical tips (and sometimes Jedi mind tricks) to make it a bit easier. That’s why, for this month’s Ask a Trainer episode, I invited training and e-learning expert Diane Elkins to join me in tackling your questions about managing learning projects. Enjoy!

Ask a Trainer Answers Your Questions About Managing Learning Projects
In this video, Tim Slade and Diane Elkins answer questions about managing learning projects.Questions answered in this video:-"What tips do you have for limiting the number of revisions per review cycle?" (1:50)-"How can I avoid giving into feedback that chips away at the ideal learning solution?" (5:50)-"How can you keep your stakeholders focused on providing feedback on my course content, rather than getting hung-up on colors, fonts, images, and slide layout?" (8:36)-Connect with Tim on LinkedIn: with Diane on LinkedIn: in submitting a question for a future video? Each month, we’ll solicit your questions on LinkedIn and Twitter around a common topic. You can submit your questions by posting on LinkedIn or Twitter with the #ATDAskATrainer hashtag. Check out the complete ATD Ask a Trainer Advice Column at


What other tips do you have about managing learning projects? Share them by commenting below.

Do you have a learning question you’d like me to tackle? You can email them to [email protected]. Also, make sure to visit the Ask a Trainer Hub to check out your questions and my answers.

About the Author

Tim Slade is a speaker, author, award-winning
e-learning designer, and author of The eLearning
Designer’s Handbook.

About the Author

Diane Elkins is the president of Artisan E-Learning, a custom e-learning development company specializing in Articulate Studio, Storyline, Lectora, and Captivate. She has built a reputation as a national e-learning expert by being a frequent speaker at major industry events such as ATD's International Conference & Exposition, ATD TechKnowledge, DevLearn, and Learning Solutions. She is also the co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series as well as E-Learning Fundamentals: A Practical Guide from ATD Press. She is a past president of the Northeast Florida and Metro DC chapters of ATD.

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