David Anderson, that clever devil also known as Community Manager over at the Articulate Forums, has gotten me hooked on his eLearning Challenges. Time doesn’t always permit me to join in, but I did last week, and here I am again this week. Maybe it’s the start of a trend.
This time the challenge was to publicize our eLearning portfolios. Well, sure–why not! While the content I create for my clients is always proprietary and cannot be shared online, I have created a few sample eLearning treats for you to experience, explore, and enjoy on the eLearning Samples page of my web site. I’m always adding new items when my schedule allows, so if you haven’t checked it out lately, see what you think, and let me know! An eLearning Portfolio is an organic, ever-changing thing.
In addition to providing access to our portfolio, each of us was asked to create appropriately sized graphics to advertise our work, and to post them on the media we use. I’m not currently a Pinterest user, but I created my graphic, posted it on David’s Facebook link, and I tweeted it on Twitter.
I had to laugh at the number of us in the Forum group who have been wanting to get around to this little bit of shameless self-promotion for some time–but real life projects tend to get in the way. It took David’s challenge to spur us into action. And luckily a bunch of us were able to take up the challenge this time. It’s great to see all the different styles of portfolios people have created, many of them like me using Articulate Storyline for the samples.
Thanks for another great (and very useful) challenge, David!
This week’s eLearning Heroes’ Challenge on the Articulate Forum (Challenge #47, for those of you who are counting) was to create a quick sample of a call center module. After all, sooner or later most customers have a need for some form of call center training. Thanks, moderator David Anderson, for another great challenge!
Since I believe that people learn best when they’re enjoying themselves, I decided to take a humorous route. I chose to leverage the nifty avatar characters that come packaged with Articulate Storyline (each character has some images on headset; invaluable for call center trainings–and something missing from their photo character images). And since I was going for a spirit of fun, I chose to use a great set of comic book layout templates that are also available to download from the Articulate Forum.
The result is brief–it’s only a sample, after all–but packs in four different scenarios and a whole bunch of good advice for the call center trainee. For a real training, lots of things could be expanded–for example, the feedback could be customized to each scenario. I could add a badge or point system based on the learner’s performance. Sound effects could heighten the experience. Background colors and settings could add another layer. You get the idea. Here I present only the all-important opening interaction with the call center rep and the customer, but for a real project I would build out a longer interaction, branching with each question with varying customer responses, based on how well the call center trainee handles the customer. And of course, the comic book approach is just one of many–but it would resonate particularly well with a population that enjoys comics and graphic novels.
If you have a couple of minutes to spare, check out my new sample. It may give you some good ideas. And it’ll almost certainly give you a chuckle. You can click here to view all my eLearning samples, or click the image to launch just this one demo.
As you may know, I enjoy using Articulate Storyline to create eLearning solutions for my clients. And Articulate has built up an impressive eLearning Heroes community of users on their web site. Each week in the forums, Community Manager David Anderson posts a new eLearning challenge. Anyone who has a little spare time is invited to participate.
I’m usually too pressed for time to join in, but I’ve enjoyed checking out some of the creative solutions other community members have offered on the various challenges. This week, however, the challenge was about audio setup tips, and while I was late to the game, I had an hour to spare. After all, I’m an actor and I do professional voiceovers. So I jumped in and came up with a response.
The challenge was to provide three things:
I decided it would be fun to combine all three by creating an interactive photo of my desktop. Now you get a peek at just how messy my desktop can get! I took a photo of my setup, then opened it in Storyline, and used their Markers feature to add 16 interactive points of interest. You can explore one or all of them. Mousing over a marker provides a description, and clicking on it opens a window with more details and helpful tips. (Granted, I provided more than three tips!)
I’ve been finding a lot of good deals on the iPad Insight / Stack Social site lately. If you’re looking for high-quality graphics that are free for both personal and commercial use, check out their latest freebie deal. You do have to register on their site (also free) and share the link or follow them to download the assets, but I have to say the large selection is surprisingly high quality, and a lot of elements could be handy in eLearning!
NOTE: This offer is available only through July 15th!
Okay, I need some input from you folks: I’m working on my next quarterly newsletter. I see from my MailChimp report that a decent number of you are opening my newsletters, which is great, as I do put a lot of work into each issue. Links don’t seem to be of much interest to my readers, however, which is surprising as I think I’m sharing some pretty cool free tools and info.
So let me hear from you: what topics are of most interest to you, for upcoming blog posts as well as newsletters? Some possible topics: Articulate Storyline, Presentation Skills, Gamification, Voiceovers, eLearning Script Writing, Needs Analysis, Making eLearning Content More Engaging, Scenario-based Training, Ideas for Mobile Learning, or…?
And let me know what you’ve thought of prior newsletters–more of something? Less of something? I genuinely appreciate all constructive feedback–my goal is to post content that will be genuinely helpful to you! Let me know your thoughts.
I’ve had such good feedback on my 2013 blog post about creating SMARTER learning objectives that I’ve created a podcast version of it, and also a brief instructional video, which you can now launch from my site’s eLearning Samples page. Have a look or a listen, and let me know what you think! Repurposing my blog post to audio and audio/visual delivery methods is a good example of how you can deliver the same content in different ways, and reach different segments of your own target audience!
If you’d like to view the instructional video or download it to your iPad, visit my eLearning Samples page, or to launch the SMARTER Learning Objectives video right now, click the image on the right.
If you have a current license for Articulate’s Storyline eLearning development tool, here’s a great bonus: you are now eligible to receive a free, licensed, full version of Articulate’s new presentation tool, Replay!
To claim your copy, have your Storyline license number handy, and click here to complete the request form.
You can create standalone presentations with Replay, or drop them into your Articulate Storyline or Studio projects.
Given the cost of eLearning tools these days, this gesture from Articulate to licensed Storyline users is a delightful surprise. Thanks, Articulate! I hope it’s the start of a trend. And I hope the Adobe Captivate and Presenter teams are watching.
Storyline license holders: download your free copy of Replay today!
As you may know, this year I started creating a free, quarterly Tips newsletter, and the response to my first two issues has been great. This Tuesday I’ll be releasing the Fall edition of my newsletter, and it’s all about the use of color in your eLearning.
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