What Would Ed Do?

At Intellezy, we take pride in the solid Instructional Design of our content. It’s why we strive to work with some of the top trainers in the industry. We are a team of educators, and our focus is on creating quality short-segment videos that are going to help our students retain the information they learn.  

We recently received an email from a user describing how helpful an Excel course by Ed McCrae was, which is not unusual fan mail for us. However, what really got us excited was how the user stated their whole team is now asking themselves “What Would Ed Do?” when they are stumped in Excel.  The user’s team at this particular company made a connection with Ed as he was teaching because the learners could see his facial expressions, gestures, and voice because Ed never left the screen. He was with them throughout the whole duration of the course, just as a live instructor would be. Now, it begs the question would this have happened with a typical eLearning course with the screenshot and voiceover? Maybe… but I doubt it. Our brains are wired for face-to-face communication; the information flows better when you see the other person speaking because you see how they are conveying the information.  Video in general is booming, both in the marketing and education space, because our brains consume the information easier and faster than reading text. Additionally, our brains remember 95% of the information given in video compared to only 10% when the information is given in text.

As you know, there are thousands of eLearning courses to choose from, and we at Intellezy know your time is valuable. If you are in a corporate setting, we also know you have about 20 minutes of your work week to devote to training, so make it count. Choose training that will make a lasting impression and help you retain the information. Choose training that is up to date with your applications, and that provides projects and exercise files that mimic live situations. Choose Intellezy and soon you’ll be asking yourself, “What Would Ed Do?” 

Exciting New Partnership Announcement for Intellezy & GO1

We are thrilled to announce we have teamed up with GO1 to help distribute Intellezy content globally. GO1 is an established leader in online learning and education, covering areas such as South Africa, Vietnam, Malaysia and The United Kingdom. Intellezy is an award-winning content provider delivering relevant content on Microsoft Office, Office 365, Adobe IT and Business Skills needs.

GO1 is your one-stop training solutions and eLearning resource. Giving the users the ability to curate content combined with choosing from an ongoing growing library of courses, GO1 has you covered.

Click here to learn more about how GO1 and Intellezy can benefit your organization!

Meet an Intellezy Team Member

Meet: Matt Cefali, Video Producer

Favorite Program and Why: I’m a big fan of Photoshop. Any person out there with a camera or even a phone can find a use for Photoshop. Besides using it for work purposes, I love retouching photos and adding vignettes to really bring photos to life.

Favorite Adobe Premiere Function: In Premiere Pro 2018, the program allows you to have multiple projects open simultaneously. This is a feature that wasn’t available until recently. It’s a great option if you work with “template” projects or “effects” projects. It really helps me stay organized while editing.

Favorite Keyboard Shortcut: In Premiere, my favorite shortcut is the \ key (right above the enter key). This is the “Zoom to Sequence” key. What this does is bring your entire sequence into frame so you can view the whole sequence from beginning to end. If you press it again it will zoom to your cursor. This is especially useful when working on sequences that are very long and elaborate.



Favorite Movie:  If I’m in the mood for something serious, I’d say Shawshank Redemption is my all-time favorite film. The writing, acting, and directing is as good as it gets. As far as comedies go, I could watch Superbad or The Hangover every day.

Favorite Book:  I enjoy pretty much anything by Harlan Coben – “Tell No One” and “Caught” being my 2 favorites.

Favorite Restaurant:  Rudy’s Café in Somerville – Best nachos and fish tacos around. I love authentic Mexican food (and margaritas of course).

Which historical figure would you most want to meet and why: I’d love to sit down and talk with Thomas Edison. It would be fascinating to hear what he has to say about current advancements in technology. I’d love to hear what ideas he has about photography and videography in our day and age considering what he was able to accomplish during his time.

Tell us something interesting about yourself:  I’m a big sports fan. I’ve been lucky enough to attend 2 Super Bowls to see the Patriots play. Other than that, I love spending time down the Cape with my family during the summer months.


New Course Release: American Sign Language

There are between 250,000 to 500,000 native speakers of American Sign Language (ASL), which is the primary sign language of deaf communities in the US and Canada. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Sign_Language).

Intellezy has just released a course with over 2 hours of videos to help you learn ASL. This course will give you an overview of the origins of the language, the alphabet and fingerspelling, colors, animals, foods and drinks, family signs, feelings, professions, verbs and key nouns. There will also be opportunities for practicing vocabulary and sentences. At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a short story in ASL.

Here is a sample from our ASL course on the signs for animals:


Meet the Instructor: Pam Conway


Favorite application and why: I love Outlook.  First, I think it’s a great program that is very intuitive and feature-rich, but I think my love of it goes back to my earliest experiences.  I had to teach the first version of it to a client who was going to be an early adopter.  They were so early, however, there were no training manuals, no websites with much information, basically nothing.  I had the online help and 24 hours before I had to give my first seminar on it.   

Favorite Excel Function:  I was an English major, I don’t have a favorite function, lol.  Although, I do find creating nested IF statements very satisfying.   

Favorite keyboard shortcut: I have two actually.  I love CTRL + A to select all and it works in so many places across Office, but in terms of being a huge lifesaver when you need it, I love ALT + drag in Word and Outlook to select text vertically! 

Favorite movie:  Picking a favorite movie is tough.  It really depends on my mood, but I’d have to go with The Sound of Music.  It consistently seems to make my top 10 list.  Although, there’s also Raising Arizona, The Philadelphia Story, Star Wars… I better stop!   

Favorite book:  I am an avid reader and there are so many books I’ve enjoyed, but none can seem to unseat an early childhood favorite:  Jane Eyre. 

Favorite restaurant:  Right now my favorite is Wink and Nod in Boston.  They have an interesting concept going.  Modeled after a modern speakeasy, the bar focuses on craft cocktails, but the kitchen is a popup restaurant with different chefs and different cuisines rotating through every six months. 

Which historical figure would you most want to meet and why:  I would like to meet my great, great, great, grandfather, George Conway.  He was a spy in the Union army.  He was captured and interned at the notorious Confederate prison, Andersonville.  Somehow he survived and went on to testify at the military tribunal of Henry Wirz, commandant of the prison camp.   

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I love really, really cold weather!  Winter is my happy time. 

 Click here to see courses taught by Pam