Training

Freebie: Three (OK, Four) Interactive Tabs

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.

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eLearning Heroes Challenge: Food Prep

So I spent the last two days (not literally two days…just the leftover hours in two days after you put a toddler to bed) trying to make something for the Food & Beverage Prep industry, and it took me back to my days as a Burger King employee.

My first day as a BK employee involved watching three hours of training videos and then being thrown over to the “Burger Board” to start making burgers. Unfortunately, the training videos only covered sexual harassment and what to do if you are robbed.

There I was in the middle of the lunch rush, being asked to make four BK Burgers. “What the heck is a BK Burger,” you may ask yourself. After being bombarded by orders that I didn’t know how to make, I remember going home and HATING that first experience.

Hence, my Food Prep eLearning: Assembling the Perfect Burger. If I would have had the opportunity to practice making virtual burgers before being tossed to the burger wolves, my experience may have been a lot different

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eLearning Heroes Challenge: Parallax

I use Articulate on a daily basis to create interactive eLearning activities, but this eLearning Heroes Challenge was definitely a…challenge. This week, “Articulate Dave” asked the community to create a parallax using sliders in Articulate Storyline.

As Dave defined, a parallax is:

…a motion effect that’s used to simulate depth by animating background images slower than foreground images. 

Basically, it’s that fancy feature with your new iPhone that makes it seem like the background on the phone is moving when you tilt the phone around from side to side.

I plan to update later about what I did to create this effect. I’ve got to be honest; it took me forever (or so it felt like it), but I’m really excited about the end result.

And I always feel like I need to make the challenge relevant to some kind of subject matter. So…here ya go.

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eLearning Heroes Challenge: Zooming

This week’s eLearning Heroes Challenge is Zooming and Panning. In this brief eLearning, I’ve used the zoom in feature in Articulate Storyline 2 to create the perspective of a learner as they look around the room to locate possible violations in a laboratory setting.

I have not used the zoom feature in my trainings yet in a professional setting, but this eLearning challenge has helped me become more familiar with this feature. Each time I start a new project, I like to see if I can utilize something new or advanced. So here’s to looking forward to new functionality in an upcoming project! 🙂

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Using iBooks to Create Interactive Learning Materials

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 12.52.30 PMMany educational establishments are creating their own textbooks online in an effort to bring learning into the 21st century. The iBooks authoring program is a great way to create educational materials that are interactive as well as informative.

 

 

Here is a small sample of the iBook I am currently working on that will help people become familiar with the features of Google Drive and three useful apps, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

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Training Students on Player Control

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As the Lead Instructional Designer at ATLT Games, I was responsible for tasks involving the design, development, and implementation of educational content and also the instructional components of game play, like player tutorials.

I created the educational videos that show the student how to use the in-game learning tablet and created the tutorial stills as well that dictate character movement throughout the levels.

Here are some examples of tutorial stills that I created for Pi & The Lost Function.

Using Photoshop to Create Instructional Materials

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Side 1: Level Information, Quick Keys, and Game Symbols

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Side 2: Accessing the Teacher Portal and Understanding Student Performance Results

 

Link: Teacher Quick Guide (Adobe .pdf)

 

During teacher trainings on how to use our software, Pi & The Lost Function, many teachers asked questions about game play. I created this instructional quick guide to help teachers identify important artifacts in the game and understand student performance in the Teacher Portal.

Online Training for Site Directors

 

As the Education Director at Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, I worked with many site directors from summer camps, clubs, and after school programs.  Each site director needed to be trained and equipped with the proper materials necessary to teach the JA curriculum to their students. I was equipped with a Flip camera and a very tight budget. Therefore, to assist site directors who did not live in the area, I created an online training video to give them access to quality training, resources, and a step-by-step overview of the materials.

 

Online Training for After School Programs

As the Education Director at Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, I was equipped with a Flip camera and a very tight budget. Using the Flip camera, I created a training video for our after school programs to introduce the site directors and program managers to the materials. This video allowed the site directors to make sure all employees were knowledgeable in the curriculum materials, as many after school programs have a high employee turnover rate.

Online Training for Volunteers

 

As the Education Director at Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, we had anywhere from 300-500 community volunteers each year. Each volunteer needed to be trained and equipped with the proper materials necessary to volunteer in the local schools. I was equipped with a Flip camera and a very tight budget. Therefore, to assist volunteers who did not live in the area, I created an online volunteer training/orientation video to give them access to quality training, resources, and a step-by-step overview of the materials.