Two Coming Soon Articulate 360 Features That I’m Pumped About

This week Articulate announced some new things coming to Articulate 360, and there are two things in particular that I am very excited about:

“Create more types of interactions in Rise: Create compelling scenarios in Rise with the new scenario block. And easily create gorgeous bar, line, and pie charts that help learners make sense of information with the new chart block.”

Rise is such an easy and fantastic web-based authoring tool, and I love that Articulate keeps expanding upon its current pre-fabbed offerings. Adding in options for charts and graphs is going to be a game changer for a lot of data-driven courses.

But the feature that I’m most excited for is:

  • “Author more quickly in Storyline 360 with media library: Save time by managing all of your Storyline 360 project assets in one place. You can add, remove, replace, reuse, and export images, videos, audio tracks, and characters.”

The media library is going to be a game changer for ANY e-learning developer. Half the battle of course development is asset management…heck, I even gave a less than exciting (though passionate) session at an Articulate Community Roadshow entirely on asset management and data back up several years back. Sounds exciting right? Someone has to deliver those sessions! ANYHOW, the media library is going to help e-learning developers streamline their development approach by proactively providing developers with a library to contain all of their course assets…AMEN! Developers will no longer need to (most often) reactively create their file structures, and it will help everyone be more organized, well-oiled machines.

What new features are you excited about?!

Top Blog Posts of 2018

First off, I cannot believe that it is mid-December already. I know everyone says this, but wowee! 2018 blew by!

I’m always asked for better categorization of my posts, and I really want to do that (honestly, I’ve wanted to overhaul my site for YEARS now), but I haven’t yet perfected cloning technology, found someone that I trust to overhaul the site for me, or discovered a way of increasing the amount of time in a day…I know. Excuses.

In lieu of overhauling the site, I’ve opted to curate a list of my most popular blog posts of 2018, and I’ll attempt to categorize them as much as possible. Enjoy!

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E-Learning/Instructional Design/Freelance Advice:

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I’m Speaking at the eLearning Guild Spotlight 2018: 2-Day Spotlight on eLearning Foundations

Have you heard about the 2018 eLearning Guild Spotlight? It’s a 2-day online spotlight on eLearning Foundations, and it’s happening this Wednesday and Thursday (December 12th and 13th, 2018). If you’re new to eLearning or looking to keep your finger on the pulse of changes in the industry, you should definitely register.

I’ll be delivering a 1-hour session on Thursday, December 13th from 10am – 11am PST, Instructional Design Tips for eLearning. Here’s the blurb:

Oftentimes, eLearning programs don’t fully consider instructional design principles and best practices. Without considering these principles, though, how can you ensure that the eLearning is effectively addressing the issue for which it was developed?

In this session, you will learn about several key instructional design tips to consider when developing your eLearning. These tips stand to help you create a more targeted, consistent, and accessible eLearning program.

  • Why it is so important to know your audience
  • Methods for ensuring consistency
  • Strategies for designing more universally
  • Ways of building in feedback opportunities

This event has a powerhouse list of speakers: Tim Slade, Dawn J. Mahoney, Rance Greene, Kevin Thorn, Bianca Baumann, Bianca Woods, and Jean Marrapodi….so many industry professionals with so much knowledge to share. It’s going to be a great event, so I certainly encourage you to check it out!

Book Recommendations for Instructional Designers and E-Learning Developers

I’m always in the market for a good book, so they’re usually my number one request for the holiday season. Here is a list of books that I would recommend for any Instructional Designer or E-Learning Developer:

Hopefully these book recommendations help you out in your search for good Instructional Design or E-Learning Development reading materials – Happy reading!