MEP 041 Janelle Allen Learnwise Meet Education Project EDUKWEST

MEP #041 with Janelle Allen, Founder of Learnwise

In this episode of MEP, Janelle Allen, founder of Learnwise, joins the program to discuss the importance of instructional design in education and some common misconceptions about online learning. Don’t miss this chat!

Guest Bio

Janelle Allen is an Instructional Designer, with a Bachelors degree in English (Creative Writing) from Georgia State University.

After 6 years of working as a trainer for companies such as Starbucks and Apple, Janelle decided to get serious about online learning. In 2009, after receiving her Masters in Science in Instructional Technology, she began working with Pearson Education to help overwhelmed instructors create amazing online courses. In 2012, she left Pearson to found Learnwise.

Janelle’s mission is to democratize online learning by making it less overwhelming for businesses and entrepreneurs.

 Show Notes

03:06 Janelle’s background

04:43 What is instructional design and why is it important in delivering great courses?

05:57 Do you see instructional design moving forward? Do you see course design as a team effort type thing?

07:55 Can you talk about an ideal example of how an interaction with a faculty member resulted in a great product for the customer?

09:36 What makes for an amazing online course?

11:50 What are the other misconceptions about online learning and how do we overcome those?

15:34 What do you think is the difference between learners who take online courses and those that attend brick and mortar courses?

18:08 If you could have dinner with anyone you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

*Miles Davis


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Nick DiNardo is the founder and host of the Meet Education Project, a podcast series featuring entrepreneurs, VCs and thought leaders taking action on the future of learning. Nick has worked in education for 10 years, working for some of the big players (Pearson & McGraw-Hill), as VP of Marketing for a seed stage ed tech startup, and an independent consultant. He also serves on the board of directors for Argosy Collegiate Charter School in Fall River, MA. When he's not chatting about the future of learning, Nick is reading, traveling, golfing, or drinking a glass of whisky (sometimes, all of the above).