Abigail Wheeler eLearning Expert Interview

Ms. Abigail Wheeler manages sales training curriculum at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. She began her career at a small consulting company in New England, designing and developing training experiences for government and nonprofit employees focused on social service solutions. She advanced to leading teams and individual contributors in the development of eLearning, webinars, face-to-face instruction, and blended learning opportunities. In her current role, Wheeler manages curriculum serving a nationwide audience of field and inside sales consultants in the veterinary diagnostic industry.
During the interview Ms. Wheeler mentioned she uses powerpoint and broadcast through Adobe connect.
I thought it was really interesting what she mentioned about bite size training. In her work they adopted the 1-4 min bite sized learning training modules instead of 1 hour training modules. I think  this method makes it more feasible for learners to watch a 1-4 min video on a topic to refresh their skills rather than opt to skip it altogether because they don’t have time to sit through a longer module to learn about only one thing they needed to review.
Another tool she mentioned she uses for training is adobe after effects  http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects.html
Articulate storyline http://www.articulate.com/products/storyline-all-features.php
All training videos are hosted at Vimeo http://vimeo.com/upgrade1?utm_source=search&utm_medium=bing-upgrade1-brand_vimeo_alone_vimeo_exact-us&utm_campaign=1757&utm_term=vimeo
She works in a team with Technical writers and Multimedia developer to develop training.
For professional development in eLearning, Ms. Wheeler recommends us to follow:
Connie Malamed at http://theelearningcoach.com/
ASTD at http://www.astd.org/
Elearning magazine http://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=2185631
Jane Bozarth: http://bozarthzone.blogspot.com/
Cathy Moore at http://blog.cathy-moore.com/
For more info on Ms. Wheeler check out another interview conducted by Jeannette Campus at
Thank you Ms. Wheeler for taking the time to share your knowledge and skills with us.
Also, many thanks to Dr. McPherson for hosting this interview and for Jeannette for sharing her network.

One thought on “Abigail Wheeler eLearning Expert Interview

  1. One of the big takeaways from several of our expert interviews is the idea of going to learning nuggets. It makes a lot more sense and is very practical for “just-in-time” learning which is what many experts in the field are saying is a big part of workforce learning in the future.
    And if corporations become curators of knowledge, then these mini-trainings would all be in a digital library easily accessible to employees whenever needed. It is an interesting idea to contemplate and I wonder what that means for the future of ISD professionals. Much of that type of content can be user generated….it will be interesting to watch all this unfold.

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