Storyboard Workbook for Elearning: Documenting the Workflow


The Learning & Development industry is a vast array of many disciplines and technologies. A deeper look into each major discipline and we see an enormous amount of energy in order to learn the skills to be proficient. Looking at Instructional Design as it applies to elearning where there are many theories, models and methodologies, it that take years of practice to become proficient.

Mastering the Art of Storyboarding for Elearning


Storyboarding an elearning project comes in many forms and processes and is ultimately dictated by the project itself. To that end, storyboarding is not a rule that must be included in every project, rather a process that becomes part of the workflow. The “art” in storyboarding does not refer to artistic talent or the graphic design elements of the project.


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The Four P’s to Part-Time Freelancing – a follow-up


It’s been quite the busy Summer as indicated by my lack of posting on a regular basis. In fact it was over four months ago! When I started this blog I had full intentions of writing at least every other week if not once a month. However, my increasingly growing freelance business didn’t include this [.]. Carreer Development eLearning thoughts

How a set of stick figures became Misfits


Back in 2013 I wrote a series of blog posts titled, Sketchnote School: 6 Steps to Great Conference Sketchnotes. Step 3 of that series is about Characters and Locations where I write about how to draw simple characters in the form of stick figures. By adjusting, moving, and positioning the sticks of a figure, they help tell a better story. Below is the sketch from that original blog post. Original 2013 sketch. Fast forward four years to 2017 when I received a random email from a reader.

5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

How to Play the Ukulele in 4 Easy Steps – graphic job aide


I picked up my first Ukulele last year and really enjoy learning how to play. A fun and elegant sounding instrument! I’m attending the Elearning Guild’s DevLearn Conference & Expo this week. Of the many concurrent sessions offered, Ellen Wagner ( @edwsonoma ), Jane Bozarth ( @janebozarth ) and Shawn Rosler ( @rosler ) are presenting – Ukulele Learning: Exploring the Relationships Between Music and Learning on two occasions.

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Step Away into a new learning experience event like no other


What happens when you push people out of their comfort zone yet put them a creative space and atmosphere? Amazing results! I couldn’t quite pin down a description of what Step Away was about, but I knew that I would learn skills that would help me in my career. Little did I know, that my mind would be blown!

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Kick your Storyline skills up a notch!


New to the Elearning Industry and just acquired a license to Articulate Storyline but need a little boost to get off the ground? Been around Storyline awhile but looking to up your skills to the next level? There is no doubt the vast amount of information and tutorials for anyone to learn how to use Storyline…the software. The Weekly Elearning Challenge has evolved into a great community in of itself with people sharing their work and the endless inspirational demos.

#DevLearn recap: Efficiency


The word efficiency resonated with me all week while attending the Elearning Guild’s DevLearn Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. This event is the industries premiere event and one I look forward to most all year. The pre-conference workshop I delivered on Monday was about being a better, efficient, elearning designer by documenting your process through storyboarding.

3 Steps to Graphic Record Your Next Vacation


Taking hundreds of photos on vacation end up in cloud storage and forgotten. A graphic record of your vacation is a perfect way to capture the entire adventure! The Problem: Growing up as a kid going on annual vacations I would always get those disposable cameras to capture the adventure. However, these little cameras usually came in 24 or 36 exposures and I could only afford two or three for the trip. Try restricting yourself to less than a 100 photos on your next vacation!

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Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

This guide identifies the biggest challenges for associations moving their training online and provides practical solutions so that you can hit the ground running. Download now to keep your members engaged and growing even in times of COVID-19.

Step 6: #Sketchnotes: Action, Emotion, Color, and Adornments


In this final step of Sketchnote School: 6 Steps to Great Conference Sketchnotes we’ll look at a few things that bring your sketches to life. The pretty stuff, as I like to call it, are those little things that draw (pun intended) attention to specific key points or add mood, tone, or general visual interest to your overall sketchnote style. Action. Adding action or movement to a sketchnote is little extra lines that take no more than a flick of your pen to create.


#Sketchnote your font – keyboard style


We take a lot of notes. We do. Take a moment and think back a week every time you jotted something down. A quick glance into memory and I’ve jotted things down on sticky notes, made a few checklists, messages in holiday cards and a few other times I remember taking pen to paper. Our handwriting. Whether it’s the multiple little notes we make on a daily basis or a concentrated sketchnote at a conference, it is our handwriting. This got me to thinking about handwritten fonts.

Preparing #Sketchnotes for Format, Flow, and Materials.


Posted in Sketchnotes This next step in the Sketchnote School series is a continuation from last week about preparing to sketchnote. You may be saying to yourself, “Self, isn’t preparing and format the same thing?” Well, yes…sort of. Format in this context is more about how your sketchonte reads rather than the physical shape and size. We’ll look […]. Sketchnotes

Sketchnote School: 6 Steps to Great Conference Sketchnotes


Communicating visually is one of those skills many believe they can’t achieve. There are others on the interwebs and authors of books that have extensive examples, tutorials, and styles to help you get started. Even with great books like Dan Roam’s, Back of the Napkin and Mike Rohde’s book, The Sketchnote Handbook some still struggle with the idea of capturing what they see in their “mind’s eye” and transferring those concepts to paper. My Sketchbooks. This is my spin on the craft.

Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

Sketchnote School: 6 Steps to Great Conference Sketchnotes


Posted in Sketchnotes Communicating visually is one of those skills many believe they can’t achieve. There are others on the interwebs and authors of books that have extensive examples, tutorials, and styles to help you get started. Even with great books like Dan Roam’s, Back of the Napkin and Mike Rohde’s book, The Sketchnote Handbook some still struggle […]. Sketchnotes sketch sketchnote

Serious Comic – Character Development


Posted in DESIGN In an earlier post I introduced a project I started this year – an Interactive Graphic Novel style Serious Comic for elearning. That’s a mouthful! It’s not really a ‘novel’ although it is a serious topic, and it’s really not elearning rather more of an awareness piece. It’s a scenario told in a graphic novel [.]. DESIGN "graphic novel" comics serious comic

What Are Sketch Notes?


Posted in Uncategorized Basically, sketchnoting is doodling while you’re taking notes. I’ve been doing this ever since I got in trouble in the 2nd grade for drawing Dr. Seuss characters when I was supposed be taking a quiz. I’ve got a library of Moleskine sketch books littered all over the house today. I have one for Sketch Quotes [.]. Uncategorized sketching sketchnote

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Storyboarding – A #Sketchnote Solution


Posted in Design Sketchnotes Storyboarding is part of the design process. The DESIGN process. In the elearning industry there are a lot of authoring tools from the rapid family to those that require skills in programming languages. I run a company that develops primarily in rapid tools, but I don’t develop rapid elearning and I don’t design in those […]. Design Sketchnotes sketchnote storyboard storyboarding

3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

#Lifehack – USB Headphone storage


Inspiration can strike at anytime. Inspiration struck me when I was preparing to recycle old prescription bottles. 10 minutes later a lingering problem was solved! I invested $30 about 4 years ago into a set of Logitech headphones and they’re still going strong. USB Headphones are not the easiest to put away between uses, though.

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I need new pencils for Sketchnoting DevLearn


That time of year is quickly approaching. Everything from preparing presentation slides, handouts for session attendees, travel plans, connecting and reconnecting with friends, and packing a pencil pouch for sketchnoting! The Elearning Guild’s annual DevLearn Conference & Expo is by far the industry’s leading event. With my sixth consecutive visit to this conference I got to thinking.

Articulate Storyline Game: Tic-Tac-Toe Super Bowl Edition


There’s something about the tradition of a classic game that will forever stand the test of time. One of those games is Tic-Tac-Toe. With Super Bowl XLIX only days away I thought to myself, “Self, why not make a Super Bowl themed Tic-Tac-Toe game. So I grabbed my pencil, sketched out a strategy, opened Articulate Storyline , and several late nights later finally have a working model. Launch Game.

Sketchnote With Me in a Session at Learning Solutions 2016


Sketching my notes is something I’ve been doing all my life long before it became a thing. As someone who enjoys drawing it is often a challenge to separate the difference between the skill and talent of drawing and sketching visual notes. First, sketchonting has zero to do with artistic ability. Sketchonting has everything to do with processing what one hears and making visual notes of key concepts in a hierarchical structure for immediate retention and later recall.

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5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

3 Things to Own Your Own Reality.


Posted in thoughts Self-talk are those silent conversations we have with ourselves. Most of the time it’s subconscious and we really don’t realize we’re talking to ourselves. I do it all the time…consciously! For the last years I’ve been having this re-occurring conversation that went something like this, “Self, I love my work I just hate my job.” [.]. thoughts inspiration

eLearningGuild #Design4DevLearn t-shirt challenge


DevLearn is the industry’s leading annual event and every year there’s a new t-shirt to sport. All those previous years no one knew where the design came from. This year, the fine folk at the eLearning Guild decided to toss the design out to the community. The window to submit ideas was open for a few weeks and then four would be selected for final vote. The final vote then tossed back out to the community for peer selection for the winning design.

Storyline Live! Re-imagining the Tower of Hanoi puzzle game


Join me at NuggetHead Studioz Facebook Page as I go live re-imaging the Tower of Hanoi puzzle game and then develop in Articulate Storyline. Check out this video: I teach design processes and workflows using Articulate Storyline and to keep relevant I often challenge myself to see if I can discover new techniques. I’m intrigued by the Tower of Hanoi puzzle game and thought it would be fun to re-imagine it as an online interactive game.

Your Name in Star Wars Aurebesh built in Storyline


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not just another movie to carry on the franchise, rather the rebirth of one of the largest pop cultures the world has ever seen. Okay, maybe not. Whether you are a fan or not you would have to be living on a remote beach not know the release of the latest Star Wars episode has captured the interest of the world. As an elearning designer/developer as well as an artsy guy, the creative community came alive for the arrival FN-2187 and the seemingly new Jedi, Rey.

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

Sunday Sketch #1


Every Sunday around here is that kick back and relax kind of days. It’s a time to reflect on the previous week, and think and plan about the coming week. It’s also the day I sketch the most. Meet Gorlon. I draw or sketch daily as it is, but Sundays tend to get more time devoted to it. Some of my best work has come from lazy afternoon Sunday sketches. While this is not an official resolution, I thought I’d share my Sunday sketches this year.

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Visual Theme: Learning Solutions 2016 recap


Walking out to load my bags in the car last Monday (March 14), I tapped the Weather app on my iPhone to check what to expect as I headed to Orlando for the 2016 Learning Solutions Conference & Expo. Where I stood the current temperature was nearing 70 degrees while in Orlando it was slightly cooler. That’s a first! The temperature in Orlando really didn’t matter because I knew the temperature at the conference would be high (metaphorically speaking).

Custom-drawn animated videos explaining Public Health Informatics


Explaining a complex topic is often riddled with pages and pages of documentation. Usually within a few pages of that documentation things tend to split off into sub-explanations. Before too long the topics of connectivity get lost in a tangled web of confusion. It’s topics such as these that simplifying the content into storytelling and presented with light visuals and visual metaphors may be all that is needed to “get it.”

The Visual Cortex: Tapping Into What the Learner Already Knows


The Visual Cortex is that little spot in the back of our brain where we store long-term memories and behaviors. In the learning and development industry, the focus is around visual design and can be applied to both PowerPoint presentations (classroom training) or elearning. In elearning we often add unnecessary text on screen such as, “Click the next button.”

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6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

DevLearn Graphic Sketchnotes


The annual Elearning Guild’s DevLearn Conference & Expo was recently held on November 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada. DevLearn is the premiere event in the Learning & Development industry and one I anticipate the most. Three days of learning together with friends and colleagues by discovering new techniques, products and innovative technologies. DevLearn is also a great place to practice your sketchnotes!