Technology Integration

eLearning Helper Challenge: Labeled Graphic Interactions

In this week’s challenge, the Articulate community was asked for labeled graphics that contain click-and-reveal interactions. Interactions like this help the learner to access information if and when they want it.

I find these kind of interactions great for:

  • Maps
  • Virtual tours
  • Blueprints
  • Factoids in a video

While the built-in markers are great for quick projects, I personally like to create my own labeled markers to give me a little more control over how content appears. One negative thing about creating my own markers is you can’t apply a constant “swirl” or “pulse” effect like the built-in markers…unless someone wants to write some tips in the Comments below! 🙂

I make a lot of labeled graphic interactions during work, but unfortunately our content is for internal training purposes. So for this challenge, I made a little dental x-ray just for fun. There are some CC-BY-SA on some of the images in this one. You can find more information in the Notes section.





eLearning Helper Challenge: Double Image

My current job is working at a non-profit for organ and tissue donation. As you can imagine, it is an amazing place to work. There are stories of hope, stories of better health, and stories of success, but there are also stories of giving hope…to another family.

So in addition to creating educational materials for our staff, for medical professionals, and bio-implant specialists, we also have a need to create educational materials for the community.

The reason I really like these eLearning Challenges is because it gives me an opportunity to learn something new, try it out, and immediately use that knowledge.

This week’s challenge was to create an eLearning with a fancy cover slide that contains a double image. I found a topic that would allow me to practice using this technique that might inspire me later during work projects. With just the right animation/fade, this double image technique suddenly becomes filled with emotion…which is perfect for educational materials when dealing with difficult and emotional subject matter.



Download– I had to use different images for this one since my original file contained stock photos through a paid service.



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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Maintaining Social Media Sites


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When I was the Lead Instructional Designer at ATLT Games, I also was responsible for updating the company’s social media sites. I sent out daily posts on Facebook and daily tweets on Twitter involving math questions, tips for educators and parents, infographics, links to interesting articles, shares and retweets of interesting posts and much more.

During this time, the number of followers grew as I engaged the audience with giveaways, prizes, and pictures from educational conferences.



Designing, Developing, and Implementing

The video above shows a brief look at the features and content provided in MISSION:RECON. Video produced by Lauren Franza.


For three years, I was the Lead Instructional Designer at ATLT Games. I met daily with a team of instructional design assistants, subject matter experts, and game developers to create an educational video game that helps entering college students prepare for their college math placement tests.

Visit the MISSION:RECON website for more information.

Designing, Developing, and Implementing

The video above (not produced by me) shows a brief look at the instructional process, features, and content provided in Pi & The Lost Function.


For three years, I was the Lead Instructional Designer at ATLT Games. I met daily with a team of instructional design assistants, subject matter experts, and game developers to create an educational video game that aligns with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Common Core Standards of mathematics.

Through development, our video game and the instructional content was evaluated by superintendents, principals, math professors, video game developers, DoDEA employees, WHRO employees, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, story writers, math teachers in several school districts, math tutors, and students.

We also conducted a math camp in which 113 students played Pi & The Lost Function over a two-week period. The students took a pre-test, used Pi & The Lost Function, and then took a post-test. The study results indicated that participating in the math camp had an effect of improving students’ post-test math performance. The results of the study can be viewed here.

Using Adobe Acrobat to Create Activities


Link: Interactive Scavenger Hunt


When I was the Lead Instructional Designer at ATLT Games, I noticed that our SMEs were using Google Forms to create interactive scavenger hunts for students. After further identifying the needs of the students and teachers, I found that we did not actually need to be collecting any information from the students via form; the teachers were just looking for a fun activity that would introduce the students to using the game and learning game mechanics.

After collaborating with the SMEs to identify key features of our game, I created this interactive scavenger hunt for ATLT Games, which will allow students the freedom to “search” the game but will also provide them with hints and tips if they cannot find an answer.

*Requires latest version of Adobe Reader to view hints.