Michael W. Allen
Allen received a BA in psychology from Cornell College, and MA and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in educational psychology. From 1971 to 1984 Allen worked for Control Data Corporation on its PLATO computer-based education system . He rose to be director of advanced educational systems R&D. Allen founded Authorware in 1984, incorporating it in 1985. Authorware merged with MacroMind-Paracomp in 1992 to form Macromedia, which was later bought by Adobe Systems.
Allen formed a spinoff of the professional services division of Authorware called MediaPros, which was acquired by Lifetouch, Inc. a year later.
He founded Allen Interactions, Inc. in 1993, acting as chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The company designs custom interactive e-learning applications and provides consulting and training services.
He founded Allen Learning Technologies in 2010 and serves as chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The company announced project Zebra in 2010, a new e-learning authoring system.
He is associated with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He consulted on a study that used e-learning to reduce the spread of HIV. 
Allen is the author of several books, most notable being Michael Allen's Guide to e-Learning, and is editor of Michael Allen’s e-Learning Annual, first published in February 2008. In May 2011 the American Society for Training & Development presented him a distinguished contribution award.
Allen was a 2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.
- Michael Allen's Guide to e-Learning. Wiley. 2002. ISBN 978-0-471-20302-5.
- Creating Successful E-Learning : A Rapid System For Getting It Right First Time, Every Time. Pfeiffer. 2006. ISBN 978-0-7879-8300-0.
- Designing Successful e-Learning, Michael Allen's Online Learning Library: Forget What You Know About Instructional Design and Do Something Interesting. Pfeiffer. 2007. ISBN 978-0-7879-8299-7.
- Successful e-Learning Interface: Making Learning Technology Polite, Effective, and Fun. Pfeiffer. 2011. ISBN 978-0-7879-8297-3.
- Michael Allen's 2008 e-Learning Annual. Pfeiffer. 2008. ISBN 978-0-7879-8743-5.
- Michael Allen's 2009 e-Learning Annual. Pfeiffer. 2009. ISBN 978-0-470-37145-9.
- Michael Allen's 2012 e-Learning Annual. Pfeiffer. 2011. ISBN 978-0-470-91382-6.
- Leaving ADDIE for SAM: An Agile Model for Developing the Best Learning Experiences. ASTD Press. 2012. ISBN 978-1-56286-711-9.
- "Leadership Team". Allen Interactions. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- "Our e-Learning Team". Allen Interactions Inc. Archived from the original on September 4, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- "Learning Executive, Michael Allen, is Recognized by the American Society for Training & Development". News release. June 3, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- "Allen Learning Technologies". Portfolio Companies. Gramercy Private Equity. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- "ASTD Presents Michael Allen with its Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award" (PDF). May 24, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- B.R. Simon Rosser; et al. (August 24, 2010). "Reducing HIV risk behavior of men who have sex with men through persuasive computing: results of the Men's INTernet Study-II" (PDF). AIDS. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 24: 2099–2107. doi:10.1097/QAD.0b013e32833c4ac7. PMC 3319361. PMID 20601853. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- "Faculty & Staff". HIV/STI Intervention & Prevention Studies web site. University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- Michael Allen's 2008 E-Learning Annual. John Wiley and Sons. 2008. ISBN 978-0-7879-8743-5.
- "2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipients". NECO. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
- "Year of Upheaval and Innovation: 1968". Ohio State University Inspire Podcast. October 2020. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
- Ryann Ellis (July 2004). "Down with Boring E-Learning! Interview with e-learning guru Dr. Michael W. Allen". Learning Circuits blog. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- "ZebraZapps". web site. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
- "Allen Interactions". web site. Retrieved December 6, 2013.