Looking Back at 2015
Well another year has just about come and gone and at this time of year like many folks who write blogs I like to look back and reflect on the posts I’ve written. Blog writing is a personal thing and everyone has their own style and approach which makes the diversity between writers and topics both interesting and thought-provoking. If I had to sum up where I’m at with my blogging and the style of posts I write in one word, it would be Practicality.
I read a lot of posts and tweets that are critical of eLearning modules (some for good reasons) and I often tell people that an eLearning module is a learning solution it’s not always the learning solution. But it does have a purpose, so instead of constantly bagging it out, my approach is: Why don’t we do something about improving the standard of eLearning?
So that’s why I like to share posts that explain how to do something and allow the reader to take something away and maybe use in their own course development. Sure, at the moment there’s a focus on using the tool which is important but I intend to expand this next year because eLearning is much more than knowing how to use an authoring tool.
I’m learning stuff all the time so why not share the knowledge and put it back into the community so here’s my posts from the year that was, grouped by topic area. Click on a title to view the post.
These posts are about things I’ve learned about or discovered in Storyline 2:
More than One Way with Storyline 2 – How I updated a slider-based interaction to a button and number variable interaction.
Template Facelift – How I redesigned my ‘Meet the Team’ interaction.
Spinning Around with Storyline 2 – How I created a carousel-style interaction using a slider and layers.
3 Things I’ve Just Discovered in Storyline 2 – I’d just started a new job and my colleagues made me aware of these three handy features.
E-Learning Heroes Challenges
These posts take a behind-the-scenes look at how I created some of my challenge demos. I used to call them ‘Showing My Work #x’ but I didn’t think it was helpful to the reader plus it sounded a bit wanky so I started to give them a catchy name:
Pushing My Buttons – ELH Challenge #89: Creative Button Styles.
100 Not Out – Celebrating 100 ELH Challenges.
Bingo Time! – ELH Challenge #98: E-Learning Bingo Games.
Making Videos Interactive – ELH Challenge #94: Interactive Video.
Showing My Work #11 – ELH Challenge #18: Using Characters in E-Learning.
Showing My Work #10 – ELH Challenge #52: Using Interactive Sliders in E-Learning.
Showing My Work #9 – ELH Challenge #71: Teaching Math Concepts with E-Learning.
These posts delve into the area of information processing and cognitive load which are important areas to know about when creating eLearning:
Designing Effective Multimedia Lessons for Learning – a university essay I wrote about the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning and research-based principles that will improve eLearning design.
The Human Memory System – a university essay I wrote about human cognitive architecture.
Sometimes I just reflected and put down my thoughts and ideas. I’d like to do more of this next year:
Half-baked Ideas – a few random thoughts that may become posts of their own in the future.
Looking Behind the Façade – my thoughts on showing your work and working out loud.
Evolution – about how my career has changed for the better.
Practice and Sharing: The Keys to Success – an older post with my two takeaways from LearnX.
Flipped Networking – about how it’s becoming more common meet people online via social media before in person at a conference.
Thanks to everyone who has read or commented or liked or shared something from this site, I really appreciate it. I’d like to wish you all the best for the festive season and for the new year ahead.
Who knows what 2016 will hold…