Allen Communication Releases DesignJot, the First iPad App for Instructional Designers

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New app helps training professionals rapidly assess needs and generate high-level course design.

SALT LAKE CITY (July 13, 2011) — Allen Communication Learning Services is proud to announce the release of DesignJot, the first app made specifically for training professionals and instructional designers, now available for download at the iTunes store.

DesignJot is an innovative new tool for the iPad that will help new and seasoned instructional designers, trainers, and performance consultants build better training by sharpening the collaboration between designers and stakeholders.

“This new app will revolutionize how the foundation is laid for new training courses,” said Ron Zamir, CEO of Allen Communication. “By using this single tool, training development professionals will have all they need to complete a rapid needs analysis and export a high-level course design for an impactful training solution at their fingertips. All this, coupled with the go-anywhere convenience of the iPad, makes this tool truly revolutionary.”

This first of its kind app includes two independent yet interrelated components -Analysis and Design. The analysis tool leverages Allen’s proprietary ANSWER Analysis to ensure that instructional strategies align with an organization’s unique needs and opportunities. The accompanying design tool includes a flow chart builder, a training objective builder, an activity sketch pad, and a content readiness form that can be exported and emailed as deliverables.

The go-anywhere nature of the iPad, coupled with the app’s features, gives DesignJot a new level of user practicality. Using the app, a chief learning officer, curriculum designer, training manager and other learning stakeholders can map their learner audience, define needs, set strategies to fulfill organizational goals, determine success metrics and export a high-level course design for a new training initiative within the client discussion, kickoff, or design meeting.

“A key strength of the app is that by pairing the analysis and design elements, learning officers will be able to promptly map a complete view of a training initiative,” said Dr. Michael Noble, CLO of Allen Communication. “This streamlining will keep instructional activities focused on business goals and eliminate extraneous content.”

DesignJot isn’t Allen Communication’s first foray into the training design and planning software field, having created an award winning series of programs beginning in 1995. Designer’s Edge, Trainer’s Edge, and Quest, were top selling tools among training professionals. For DesignJot, the software developers drew on popular features of the past software, as well as current industry trends and best practices and paired them with the mobility and flexibility of the iPad.

About Allen

For three decades, the learning and development experts at Allen Communication Learning Services ( have helped many of the world’s largest companies sharpen their organizational performance. Allen expands their client’s capabilities by using progressive approaches in custom training, e-learning, and blended learning development, as well as learning portal development and technologies. This bold approach results in highly-customized organizational training solutions that help departments scale and achieve more, while improving ROI. Follow Allen on Twitter @Allencomm, on LinkedIn, and on Facebook.

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