A Little Help from Your Friends
I’m an advocate for continual skill development especially for people working in eLearning. Thankfully there’s lots of folks in this field who generously share their knowledge and expertise through blog posts or YouTube videos or articles or podcasts or books and make it available to everyone. While I do read widely and watch online tutorials, it’s through deliberate practice that we become better at whatever it is that we do. But lately I haven’t been making the time for practice and trying out these ideas and techniques myself.
A few weeks ago, I decided to create some new Storyline demos (which you can see in the Samples tab or click on the images below). They are inspired by folks from the eLearning community through them sharing some of what they know. While there are many people who benefit from the expertise shared by others, I’ve noticed that the number who acknowledge this or thank them is much, much lower and at times I’m also guilty of this. So, I want to change that and show my appreciation to the people who have helped me create my new demos.I’m an advocate for continual skill development especially for people working in the eLearning field.
A little while ago, Ryan Martin, of Broken Co-Worker fame, shared a blog post about how he sets up his modules in Articulate Storyline and how he created an introduction piece to a module he referred to as ‘Onboarding’. It was simple yet effective and I combined this with some tips I picked up in an Articulate Live webinar about animations, delivered by Tom Kuhlmann to create my own intro piece.
I find that many eLearning quizzes look the same, so I wanted to create something different. For this, I used the Free-Form question slide in Storyline. I also wanted to create a custom result slide that had elements of data visualisation. I had seen a YouTube clip from Alexander Salas that showed the percentage score count up to the result. The content for this demo came from an old blog post by Cathy Moore that’s all about multiple choice questions.
If you haven’t seen any of the YouTube clips from David Charney, you should check them out. He shared one that showed how to create an expanding panel in Storyline that I thought was cool the first time I saw it. I finally gave it a try in this sample, the difference being that placed interactions on the expanded panels.
While it’s good to read (and watch) widely, you learn so much more by jumping in and trying things for yourself. There are lots of people who ‘Show their Work’ and if you come across a helpful blog post or video – like it, share it, leave a comment or even better drop the author a note to let them know it was helpful.
A big thank-you to Ryan, Tom, Alexander, Cathy and David for sharing what you know with the world!
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