Some adults have a take-it-or-leave it attitude toward birthdays. Others embrace them. I fall into the latter category. I think I’m hardwired to appreciate milestones, big and small. And we’re celebrating a major one right now: EPI turned 15 this month.

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I can’t believe 15 years have passed already. The expression “Time flies when you’re having fun” has never rung so true for me!

I’m amazed to realize that when I started EPI, my 13-year-old daughter didn’t even exist. My husband and I were living in the Colorado mountains, instead of in the Minnesota countryside. And I was determined to start a company that encompassed my belief that work could ꟷ and should ꟷ be fun.

I’m proud to say that “fun” is a touchstone at EPI. We enjoy our work because it’s meaningful and challenging.

Over the past 15 years, we’ve grown as individuals and as a team because of our commitment to that work. As a company, we’ve changed and adapted. Our offerings are broader, our skills deeper. And our belief in our philosophy, our clients, and one another is stronger than ever.

Of course, we’ve had our ups and downs. Who hasn’t? We’ve faced challenges I couldn’t even have imagined back in 2002! (Check out this month’s eLearning Bytes to see what I mean.)

At times, things have seemed crazy and we’ve felt overwhelmed or frustrated. But those times pale next to the fun we’ve had. And the gratitude we feel . . . especially for the people we’ve been privileged to work with since EPI began.

All of us at EPI are grateful for the clients we’ve served over the years. Their challenges and successes have become part of our company DNA. We’ve also connected with amazing colleagues we never would have met without EPI. And we’ve even come to appreciate our competitors: they keep us on our toes.

We’ve experienced a lot since EPI’s inception, and those experiences have taught us more than I ever thought possible. What have we learned? What lessons truly resonate with me and my team? Our 15 Lessons, 15 Years infographic sums it up. And please let me know what resonates with you.

We continue to love what we’re doing, and the people we’re doing it with. It’s still so much fun.

We’re looking forward to another 15 rewarding years. And beyond. Thank you for being part of the EPI community!

 

Michelle Kelly, CEO (Chief Enjoyment Officer)

 


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Technology in eLearning

As EPI celebrates 15 years in business this month, we thought it would be interesting to look back on the incredible changes we’ve seen in eLearning.

Because technology is a key component to eLearning development, we now must consider many newer mobile technologies when developing courses. Let’s look at a few important eLearning components that didn’t exist 15 years ago.

  • Mobile Technology. Think about the ubiquity of iPads and other tablets. Hospitals, maintenance techs, retail shops, and countless other places of business use them. Our eLearning development must adhere to the design and function of mobile technology. The courses must look good on them. And we need to consider how the mobile learner might need smaller, more manageable learning options.
  • VR Technology. We’re still in the early stages of truly incorporating virtual reality models into eLearning courses. Now that Facebook plans to release $200 VR headsets in 2018, we might see a real push for easier-to-use VR-compatible software.
  • Social Media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. None of these existed when EPI first started. Our eLearning courses aren’t directly connected with social media, but it’s no stretch to say that the adoption of social media has dramatically influenced how we all communicate and connect with people. As for eLearning, we’ve taken micro-learning to heart. The ways in which people use social media to push information takes the concept of chunking to a whole new level. Our brains are increasingly becoming used to this way of absorbing ideas.
  • eLearning Development Software. The history of eLearning is not much older than EPI itself. The tools many of us rely on to build quality courses did not exist 15 years ago. Adobe’s Captivate as we now know it was a very different iteration in 2002. Articulate first introduced an eLearning product at this time, but it was nothing like what we use today. Undoubtedly, the software side of the industry has grown tremendously. And developers don’t need to be coding experts anymore to use it!

It’s impossible to say where we’ll be 15 years from now (embedded chips? robot overlords?), but when you see where we’ve come from, it’s hard not to be excited about where we’re going.

Some adults have a take-it-or-leave it attitude toward birthdays. Others embrace them. I fall into the latter category. I think I’m hardwired to appreciate milestones, big and small. And we’re celebrating a major one right now: EPI turned 15 this month.

anniversary

I can’t believe 15 years have passed already. The expression “Time flies when you’re having fun” has never rung so true for me!

I’m amazed to realize that when I started EPI, my 13-year-old daughter didn’t even exist. My husband and I were living in the Colorado mountains, instead of in the Minnesota countryside. And I was determined to start a company that encompassed my belief that work could ꟷ and should ꟷ be fun.

I’m proud to say that “fun” is a touchstone at EPI. We enjoy our work because it’s meaningful and challenging.

Over the past 15 years, we’ve grown as individuals and as a team because of our commitment to that work. As a company, we’ve changed and adapted. Our offerings are broader, our skills deeper. And our belief in our philosophy, our clients, and one another is stronger than ever.

Of course, we’ve had our ups and downs. Who hasn’t? We’ve faced challenges I couldn’t even have imagined back in 2002! (Check out this month’s eLearning Bytes to see what I mean.)

At times, things have seemed crazy and we’ve felt overwhelmed or frustrated. But those times pale next to the fun we’ve had. And the gratitude we feel . . . especially for the people we’ve been privileged to work with since EPI began.

All of us at EPI are grateful for the clients we’ve served over the years. Their challenges and successes have become part of our company DNA. We’ve also connected with amazing colleagues we never would have met without EPI. And we’ve even come to appreciate our competitors: they keep us on our toes.

We’ve experienced a lot since EPI’s inception, and those experiences have taught us more than I ever thought possible. What have we learned? What lessons truly resonate with me and my team? Our 15 Lessons, 15 Years infographic sums it up. And please let me know what resonates with you.

We continue to love what we’re doing, and the people we’re doing it with. It’s still so much fun.

We’re looking forward to another 15 rewarding years. And beyond. Thank you for being part of the EPI community!

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Michelle Kelly, CEO (Chief Enjoyment Officer)

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