So here we go, Week 3 of What’s You Need To Know. Sorry for missing last week. My loyal readers (Hi Mom!!! Actually, I’m not even sure she reads this…..) might be asking what held you up James? What’s going on with you? You been slackin’? I know that it’s spring and things may be taking your attention away from work (I’m looking at you RMSolo). Actually quite the opposite. Here’s what’s been going on:
- I’ve been all in on a new start-up (So new that we don’t even have a name yet!) with leading cannabis education entrepreneur Evan Erickson of GreenCulturED. We’re building an easy to use platform using open-source technology. What’s our secret sauce? Our Content! Keep following me on the blog for more on the upcoming venture.
- I’ve started contracting as a freelancer with a new organization. Really excited to be working with them and look forward to working on some neat projects. Getting saucy using my Storyline skills!
- My M.S.Instructional Technology has been taking up a good bit of time. 2 classes (Message Design and Multimedia Development with Dr. Tonia Dousay) are full steam ahead and I’ve been doing a good deal of development and design. This semester I’ve designed Infographics, modules, and I’ve been reading some really cool stuff! More Storyline with an extra helping of Canva!
- I just got on Snapchat (if you’re not on it, you need to be.) It’s pretty awesome! I really like how ‘real’ it is, versus Twitter which just seems like it’s degenerated primarily to promo to me (not good eats).
- I’m getting back into the gym after a prolonged period. This has been harder than expected, but having a great regimen (I’m using StrongLifts 5×5, for those who are interested, the app is killer!)
- And for a finale; I’m getting ready to present at Boulder Writer’s Alliance on the 20th of April. I’ll be posting more information as I get it and I’ll post a recap with the slide deck as well after the 20th.
Check out after the stuff I read and shared this week after the jump. You’ll probably find them useful. I did. If you like the stuff I write and share, you can connect with me on twitter @getplexdesign
What did I read?:
I created a Choose Your Own Path Template. It’s a branching scenario with weighted scoring and a live score display. For some reason the aspect ratio got all jacked up. Be on the look out for v 1.1 with an updated display with the aspect ratios fixed. I couldn’t have done this without the help of Storyline expert Rob Hall. Thanks Rob!
I’ve defined myself and my company as experience designers. It’s in our title! I really enjoyed reading this article and the executive summary of the report Josh Kim refers to in his post. In order to be an effective Instructional Designer, you need to know how to do more than just import a Powerpoint into Storyline (see my post here for tips on What NOT TO DO when designing e-learning). When you see the complex web of education design well laid out and thoroughly explained, it really makes Instructional Design seem so simple. Excited to see MIT’s recommendations for Online Learning. I’m 100% behind Dr. Kim’s recommendation to support learning engineers. I’m also excited to see the emphasis MIT placed on the customization of content and the real power of content customization.
If Storyline 2 is the number one tool in my toolbox, then Powerpoint is 1a. I do all of my storyboarding in Powerpoint as it is a file type that most of my clients are familiar with. The tip I’ve been using the most is Format Painting. Wish I would have know about this earlier.
Holy moly! If you aren’t convinced that the Storyline Community is the most user friendly and collaborative e-learning community around, then here’s proof. There are some real high quality templates here. Over 18 templates are available to download, including freebies from people I follow like Melissa Milloway, Ashley Chiasson (who just came out with a book Mastering Articulate Storyline), and Alex Salas to name a few.
What did I listen to?:
Where did my company get it’s name? This podcast tells the the much-requested story of Prometheus. Prometheus was a Titan who was cursed by Zeus to have his liver pecked out every day for defying the Olympian for bringing fire to the earth. The story is a tad NSFW (I mean his liver is getting eaten by Zeus’ eagle) but really enjoyed listening to it!