Interview with Dr. Liz Hardy, author of E-learning 101


Publisher: Dr. Liz Hardy

Publish Date: April 2, 2012 / June 1, 2012

Order From:  Amazon

Synopsis: E-learning 101 is an e-book that will cheer you on, while it shows you the ropes. It’s just like having your own personal e-learning coach.

This e-learning resource can do three things for you.

1. Save you time – by quickly explaining how everything works (it’s much faster than guessing on your own).

2. Stop you worrying – by replacing your fears with action and progress.

3. Make you more confident – by giving you step-by-step strategies for dealing with the tricky parts.

E-learning 101 can help you if you’re:

• Somewhere between slightly nervous, and frankly terrified
• Frustrated with having to guess about what to do next
• Too busy to wade through enormous books about online learning
• Keen to make progress on your course right now.

In 6 short lessons, you’ll find the solutions to your biggest e-learning questions. And you’ll discover that e-learning’s really not as tough as it looks.


Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

E-learning 101 is a short, upbeat e-book that presents simple strategies for new adult online learners.

I think so many of the books out there make e-learning look a lot scarier than it really is. So my book focuses on just the basics of how to learn online. I suggest some practical e-learning solutions – and I do it in a way that will make readers smile.

I believe e-learning can actually be FUN! (That explains why there are so many pictures of friendly dogs throughout the book!)

Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I teach about a dozen papers online, from Writing for the Web, to Communication, and Adult Training. So far, I’ve helped over 3,000 online learners, and I noticed that many of my students were bumping up against the same obstacles, year after year.

It began to dawn on me: lots of new learners need help! And so E-learning 101 was born.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?

It started long, long ago, before I realized the value of education. Way back then, I was trapped in a series of office jobs I hated with a passion. Desperate, frustrated, and determined not to leap from a window in my high rise office building; I got into university instead, and started studying. Right away, everything changed and my options multiplied before my eyes.

I find education so exciting that it’s a real privilege to help other people to find a path that’s more fulfilling, and more in tune with their real talents.

Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?

I don’t think so: it’s been revised and polished 1,000 times, so I would’ve caught any major problems in that process!

Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Knowing what to leave out! There’s a fine line between presenting quality information, and not overwhelming the reader with confusing details they just don’t need.

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?

It’s just me and the various voices in my head – it’s pretty noisy in there already!

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I can get a bit flowery and carried away with images. Before I know it, I’m explaining general ideas in a visual, symbolic way.

For example, I could describe e-learning as a journey through a magical landscape, or a field of red and yellow wildflowers coming into bloom, or a 10 course gourmet feast...

See? It doesn’t take much to get me going.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Of course! I love writing e-books and spreading the word about how learning can transform your life. My next book will be for potential students to read before they start studying. It will tell them everything they need to know so that they can start their course feeling confident and excited, rather than fearing the unknown.

I’m planning for it to be available early 2013 – it will be announced on my website, ElearningTrainer.com.

Q. Please tell us your latest news.

I live in New Zealand, Lord of the Rings country, and soon it will be summer here. That means it’s nearly time for a long road trip through the rolling green hills in search of hobbits.

In between hobbit-spotting, I’ll be developing more material for my blog at ElearningTrainer.com, and working on my new book.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Learning something new is always scary at first – that’s normal! With a little help and support you can realize your full potential and develop the skills that come naturally to you.



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