Screencast: Switching from Classic to Modern Player in Articulate Storyline 360

In today’s screencast, I’m showing you how to quickly change from the classic player to the modern player in Articulate Storyline 360. This is an awesome new feature, because previously you would have to fiddle around with the custom colour settings and/or place navigation elements on your master slide in order to achieve a desired effect.

You may still have to do that, depending on your project, but this feature definitely streamlines your efforts!

Also, if you’re interested in learning more about Instructional Design, I have a 10-module comprehensive course (Essentials of Instructional Design) launching over at Sprout E-Learning on July 13th. You can save $150 on this course until June 29th.

Check it out on Sprout E-Learning!

If you’re on the fence, be sure to check out the Course Outline and Course Brochure!

Where I’m Speaking – Fall 2018

This fall, I’ll be speaking at two events: ATD Core4: Toronto, and DevLearn 2018. I’m super excited for both events, and I’ve included a brief synopsis of each speaking engagement below.

Additionally, if you haven’t checked out Sprout E-Learning, there are 3 weeks left to save $150 on Essentials of Instructional Design.

At ATD Core4: Toronto, I will be presenting on Building Your E-Learning Portfolio. 

Regardless of your job title, if you’re working in the e-learning field, particularly in a production capacity, you need an e-learning portfolio. Why? Because it will work for you! Building your e-learning portfolio doesn’t need to be an overwhelming task. This session will equip you for the portfolio-building journey, and you’ll learn insider information about what works well, what doesn’t work at all, and lessons learned in building an e-learning portfolio.

Within this session, you will learn about:

  • The importance of an e-learning portfolio
  • Common challenges in building an e-learning portfolio and how to overcome them
  • How to build out and promote your portfolio

At DevLearn 2018, I’ll be delivering a pre-conference certificate workshop:

Introduction to Instructional Design

Most learning experiences, including instructor-led and online courses, webinars, and workshops, have one thing in common: An instructional designer (ID) was involved. However, many instructional designers fall into the role accidentally, being assigned the role more because of subject matter expertise than expertise in ID. Many people have the responsibility of designing learning experiences without the training on how to properly execute instructional design.

In this workshop, you will explore the world of instructional design and build skills that you can immediately apply in your work. You will examine learning theories, instructional strategies, and a systematic approach to determining training needs. You will practice designing, developing, and implementing appropriate solutions to those needs, and evaluating the success of the end product. By attending this workshop, you will gain practical guidance to help form a greater understanding of instructional design as a field, while completing collaborative activities that will help participants apply their understanding of concepts learned.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Principles and processes of instructional design
  • About the concept of instructional design models, and how they support pedagogical best practices for teaching and learning
  • How to create your own instructional design model
  • How to conduct an evaluation of an online course, based on your understanding of instructional design principles and processes

Essentials of Instructional Design

I’ve been working on this project for awhile, and I’m excited to be able to finally share it!

As many of you already know, my passion is Instructional Design, but it’s an enigma of a field for many. I decided long ago that I wanted to spread the gospel of Instructional Design and E-Learning with as many people as possible, and now I finally have the ability to do so!

Enter: Essentials of Instructional Design. This course is a self-paced,10-module course that will become a first of several. It aims to take you behind the scenes of Instructional Design to provide a comprehensive overview of the processes and principles of this rapidly growing field!

If you’ve ever been interested in Instructional Design or are new to the field, I encourage you to check this course out.

Note: I have taught this course as an elective for a Masters of Education program, and a condensed version of this course will be features as a pre-conference certificate program at DevLearn 2018.

This course will launch on July 13, 2018, and for the next four weeks I will be offering it at a $150 dollar discount. The discounted rate is $345, and will only be available for the next four weeks, so if you’re interested, get on this deal!

Heck Yes, I’m Interested! (Click Here)

ATD ICE 2018 – Keynote Recap: Connie Podesta

Keynote: Connie Podesta

I was super excited to attend Connie Podesta’s session, Life would be easy, if it weren’t for other people, because it seemed very relatable. Decoding the mystery of human behaviour seems like a unicorn of an event, but if she has advice, I’ll take it!

Connie Podesta begins her session by asking us how many of us would live our best lives if it weren’t for other people. ALL OF US.

She gives us two choices “I have an UNBELIEVABLE PowerPoint presentation”, with workbooks, and group work, or “vote for choice two before you hear it”…no really, choice two is to do none of that.

If you’re married, have kids, have bosses, have co-workers…selling is your ability to get people onboard. Today, Connie is going to show us how to get people onboard with all of these individuals!

Connie explains that women have created the term ‘executive coach’ to ensure men would come to the sessions…that’s why we don’t call ourselves therapists (to men). I know a lot of men who are comfortable going to therapists, but I think the term ‘executive coach’ seems a lot more appealing to many. Who knows?

  • Connie: Would you rather hug an old lady, or kick a dog?
  • Person: Kick an old lady

That sounds accurate.

She hauls a woman up who is under 39, and she explains how the under 39s are those who are full of themselves and don’t wear watches, the 50+ folk have sore shoulders, are the glue that sticks everything together, and are the happiest generation…because they don’t care, and the 40-49 group are those who are angrier than all of the other generations.

She explains that the 39s and under are a generation who get rewards for showing up. She recommends all of the 39s and under get a watch…why? Because we apparently blow off 42.5 hours a year checking on the time.

There’s an activity: choose your shape: circle, square, triangle, squiggle – what resonates most with you?

  • Squares: Detailed, left-brained, specific, make lists, dependable, reliable (don’t ask them “does this make my butt look big?”), hardest woking individuals in the industry…according to them; no one knows what they do, because they’re territorial, are not the best team players
  • Triangles: A little bit temperamental and it’s unpredictable, don’t like negative feedback, perfectionists, argue unsatisfactory grades, are OCD, are the best multi-taskers in the room (triangle secret: they don’t finish anything – they have the lowest attention span in the room, will go to squares to finish their projects), are driven out of their mind by circles
    • Squares and triangles just want their brains to stop.
  • Circles: Married to squares, never finish stories, -hits head on microphone-, oblivious there is a speaker present, easily distracted, party people (first time I’ve heard that), social people (ONLY time I’ve heard that), love telling stories, have made people endure your stories, the stories are so far from accuracy, are the motivators of the world, make all other shapes disgusted at 7am (do not talk to triangles before 10 or they’ll slap you), and are the peacemakers of the world – other shapes DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOU – you hate hassles, confrontations, and want everyone to get along; you want everyone to be happy and to learn from you, you get your feelings hurt 34897294239 times per day, and you have a hard time saying “NO!”; the circle motto is “I’ll do it.”
    • Inside the brain of circles: they honestly believe from the depths of their soul that they were put on the Earth for a reason, for a destiny, to fix or rescue
      • I’m a circle and this is 500% accurate.
  • Squiggles: Are the idea people, half of the ideas are non-sense, have authority issues stemming from childhood
  • The Unidentifiers: No fun, grumpy, don’t feel the need to participate, are closet-squares, because those are the only people who wouldn’t stand

How do you find out what shape people are? Ask “How are you today?” Squares and triangles won’t say anything. Circles will think you genuinely want to know. Why do we have kids that we think aren’t ours? Because at 6 months, they look around and think “I don’t want to be like anyone else in the family.”

She hauls up another poor participant, Ed – A Square. She’s trying to teach us how to close a deal with a square. To illustrate this, she uses Ed. She asks “My office or your office?” and he says “My office.” If you call a meeting, it should be in the other individual’s office, because you’ll have a 60% increase in chances to close a deal if you go to them.

Now, let’s close a deal with a triangle. Close deals in their office because it’s all about power.

Circles and Squiggles: If you are not early for the meeting (1 minute early, or late), triangles and squares are DONE with you. Also – no one wants to be as close to you as you want to be to them. You spend a lifetime sending squares and triangles into a corner with your closeness and your small-talk. GET OUT OF HERE!

Overall: This session was a hilarious end session to a great week at ATD2018. I love Connie and her incredibly accurate account of individuals (or myself at the very least).