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The Power of Learning by Observing: Using GoAnimate to Develop Online Instructional Vignettes

  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098


  • Current Members of the Greater Detroit Chapter

GDASTD November Meeting


"The Power of Learning by Observing:

Using GoAnimate to Develop Online Instructional Vignettes" 






Bill Solomonson, Ph.D.


Oakland University 








Program Summary: 

Much of our modern instructional design is based on the concept of vicarious learning, or learning by mimicking the behaviors of role models. However, the trend toward online learning presents a challenge: how can computer-based training provide learners the opportunity to learn through observing and imitating others? One solution: the use of instructional vignettes in online instructional design. 


This presentation will provide attendees with both the background theory and the practical knowledge to create an engaging and effective instructional vignette. Bill will provide an update on the current trends in cognitive learning research as they impact the online instructional setting.  He will also demonstrate GoAnimate, a low-cost, cloud-based software that produces instructional vignettes that promote vicarious learning.



Learning Objectives


At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the theory behind the effectiveness of instructional vignettes,
  • Identify the opportunities that exist in specific instructional software, and
  • Discuss the development process and the required skills of using GoAnimate to develop instructional vignettes.


5:30pm - 6:00pm  Registration/Networking

6:00pm - 6:45pm  Dinner

6:45pm - 8:00pm  Presentation


About the Speaker 

Bill has over 20 years of experience of designing and developing training and development materials for clients. He has been designing and developing e-learning since 2002. His clients include GM, Ford, Siemens, Fiat, Chrysler, Henry Ford Health System, Beaumont Health System, PPG, and others. Bill currently teaches ISD and e-learning design and development courses in the Department of Organizational Development at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.



Registrations are not considered definite or confirmed until payment has been submitted. Cancellations will be accepted until 5:00pm on Thursday, November 6th. Cancellations received prior to this time/date can be 1) refunded to the credit card less a $5 processing fee or 2)transferred to the next scheduled GDASTD meeting date.

Refunds after this date cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.


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Address: 29488 Woodward Ave, #483 Royal Oak, MI 48073

Phone : 248-870-5014



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