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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.

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.

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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.

How to Make a Star Wars BB-8 in PowerPoint


I use PowerPoint more for graphics than anything else. My BB-8 droid was beeping at me more than normal the other day. In my geeky wandering thoughts I figured he was telling me I should make a graphic of him and animate him across the screen. In PowerPoint.

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#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.

Storyline Variables: Returning to a Layer from Master


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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.

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.

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Free the Clock: Embrace Interruptions


I’ve been working at-home now for four years. I traded 15 years of rush hour traffic anxiety, wasted hours sitting in useless meetings, smelling burnt microwave popcorn or reheated leftover pot roast, random walk-up conversations, and countless other distractions that crushed creativity and productivity. Did I leave the anxiety when I swapped business casual for jeans and t-shirts? Life still has its obstacles and distractions. Creativity and productivity, however is in full power mode.

2014 Reflection and Resolutions


It’s that time of year where just about everywhere you look or read it’s reflecting on the year’s end. The best of…, The top this or that…, # things to make next year better…, and more. It’s a time of renew.

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#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.

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.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

Off-the-shelf elearning is applicable for a wide audience, but it won’t address your organization’s unique situations or distinctive content. So are these courses all that helpful? For sure! Read on for 7 secrets to make off-the-self learning your own.

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.”

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!

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.

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

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

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

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

#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.

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Design Inspiration for Elearning


So you’re charged with developing an eLearning course. You set off with great enthusiasm and gusto! You’ve done the analysis, worked with the best SME one could ask for, and have a world class storyboard. You have designed a winner! Now what? You’re not done because now it’s time to develop the visual pieces – [.]. thoughts

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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.


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.

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Archer’s Analogy to Goal Setting


Posted in Carreer Development thoughts As a rookie to the independent freelance community, I’ve learned very quickly in my first 90 days that my skills are only as good as my last project. The demand to keep up with the work while honing existing skills can be daunting not to mention learning new skills. To alleviate my anxiety I founded [.]. Carreer Development thoughts goal setting planning target

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

The complete eLearning journey

As an eLearning designer wouldn’t it be great if you could take charge of your eLearning environment right from storyboarding your ideas to generating responsive eLearning courses to being able to effectively deploy and track your learners’ performance?

Sunday Sketch


This sketch has been sitting in a sketchbook for over a year and half looking for a purpose. These little panel toons are fun because they can be re-purposed with just about any caption. And because it’s Super Bowl Sunday, I thought I’d give it some color. Chicago Bears colors of course!

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.

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

Serious Comic – Character Development II


Posted in DESIGN I can’t believe it’s been a month and a half since I last posted about this project. It’s been a crazy time with traveling to a couple conferences and keeping pace with this development. My next post was going to be about how to storyboard a serious comic, but a lot has changed in the [.]. DESIGN "graphic novel" comics

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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.”