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See You at Core 4

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I fell into the training field pretty much by accident. This wasn’t the path I set out on in my youth, but here I am 20 years into a successful and fulfilling career in e-learning. And my story is not that unusual. In fact, many of us find ourselves here by accident. Hopefully, it’s a happy accident for you—a perfect amalgamation of all of your skills and passions.

ATD’s newest offering, Core 4 Conference, looks to be a great format for those of you who have just “found” your way to the L&D field—whether you are at the beginning of our career or somewhere along the way. During two days, you’ll get a crash course with some of the top thinkers in the field, all ready to spark your own passion and take your career in training to that next level.

I’m excited to be participating as a session speaker at Core 4. I’ll introduce you to some concepts essential to e-learning design. Delivering engaging e-learning is about more than dressing up text bullets on a PowerPoint slide. How can we design online learning experiences that actually make a difference in sharing knowledge, building skills, and ultimately improving performance?

During my session, Creating Engaging E-Learning, we’ll investigate the many types of e-learning, check out some key principles of good design, look at loads of examples, and talk about what to avoid in e-learning. Specifically, we’ll review four principles for effective interactivity in interactivity and identify (at least) three things to avoid in e-learning. It should be a great overview and provide some inspiration.


What’s more, I’m looking forward to refreshing my own core foundational skills at Core 4. Because the adage is true: the longer you are in the field of L&D, the more you realize you don’t know!

I hope you can join me in New Orleans October 11-12 for the Core 4 Conference.

About the Author

Cammy Bean accidentally became an instructional designer in 1996 and has since collaborated with hundreds of organizations to design and deliver training programs. She’s worked at small startups, mid-sized training companies, boutique e-learning shops, and as a freelance instructional designer. An English and German studies major in college, Cammy found an affinity for writing and making complex ideas and concepts clear to an audience.

In 2009, she helped start up US operations for Kineo, a global provider of learning solutions. Originally Kineo’s VP of learning design, Cammy is currently a senior solutions consultant. In this role she leads the North American sales team, supports clients through the initial discovery process, and manages custom client accounts to help organizations meet their strategic business objectives through better learning solutions. So yeah, not only is Cammy an accidental instructional designer, she’s now also an accidental salesperson.

An acclaimed public speaker, Cammy gets fired up about instructional design, avoiding the trap of clicky-clicky bling-bling, and ways to use technology to support lasting behavioral change. You can connect with her on social media in all the usual places—there aren’t many other Cammy Beans around.

Cammy is into hiking, kayaking, trail running, swimming, the occasion[1]al triathlon, cooking, eating, reading, and photography. She’s also been a potter, a licensed massage therapist, a quilter, and more. Cammy lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Jon, and their three teenagers, Nate, Eliza, and Kiki. The Beans all agree that their favorite family member is their dog, Mona

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