Each week when I start a new project at work, I love trying to think up ways to put a slightly unique spin on the experience while still staying true to the format I’ve been using. There’s something about consistency that is both helpful and boring at the same time. One on hand, the learner can concentrate on the content because they know what to expect out of the user experience–so no guessing on “How do I interact with this object,” or “what am I supposed to do here?”
But at the same time, the user can quickly become bored and think, “Not another lame eLearning.” This is where a slight tweak comes in handy.
I think it’s possibly to have unique “slides,” each serving their own purpose but still having the tie in of a theme through use of:
- Image theme
This week I created a Storyline 2 template that is a blue photography theme. I’m hoping this will inspire others out there to download and modify the theme as needed. Change the images, modify the colors, choose a new font! Go crazy.
Download the Template
When developing eLearning or online courses, it is important to remember that you are not just “information dumping” on the learner. But what happens when learners need to be presented with information that isn’t so interaction-friendly?
I recently had to create an Corporate Compliance eLearning where some of the information just NEEDED to be displayed for employees to read because it was mandatory that all employees were presented with and acknowledge that they received certain compliance regulations.
But we can still do it in a way that involves the learner being an active participant somehow…right!??! Of course.
In this particular case, I wanted to take these bits of somewhat-legalese and chunk them into more concise, digestible bits–so I got creative with interactive tabs.
Tabs are a great way to highlight key points, number steps of a process, allow a learner to choose to explore more information, and make it interactive.
I created a little freebie with a blue theme for anyone who’s interested.
Link: Instructional Design Documents
When I was a graduate student in the Instructional Technology program at Virginia Tech, I completed a very rigorous course where I had to analyze, design, develop, implement, and then have my program evaluated by my peers.
I chose to create a set of 4 instructional modules that would help teachers learn how to use and create their own instructional materials using Kidspiration software.This document shows all analysis, objectives, storyboards, and design documents that I created for this course.
Link: Math Graphics Created by Lauren Franza
While I was the Lead Instructional Designer at ATLT Games, I created some math graphics for our lessons, assessments, and instructional videos. These were created in Adobe Photoshop using a Wacom 21 UX writing tablet. All graphics above were created by Lauren Franza for use in Pi & The Lost Function, the educational math game.
Download: Probability & Statistics Organizer (Inspiration file, .isf)
Download: Probability & Statistics Organizer (Microsoft Word, .docx)
I created many graphic organizers for our instructional design meetings, and this file was generated in Webspiration Pro, a web-based version of a program I used often in teaching, Inspiration. Webspiration Pro is an online web application that allows professionals to brainstorm, organize, collaborate, and communicate more effectively.
The best thing about any documents created in Webspiration Pro is that you can save the files as Google Documents, Microsoft Word documents, or Inspiration files, allowing for greater flexibility.
This file is a brainstorming graphic organizer and outline that I created after working with the math SMEs for our unit on Probability and Statistics in the educational video game, Pi & The Lost Function.