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!

Best of DemoFest 2018 – Webinar Recording

Last Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to participate in the Best of DemoFest 2018 for my contribution to this year’s DemoFest at DevLearn. It was a fantastic opportunity because as a demonstrator, I had not been able to check out any of the other projects being demoed, so I was happy to see the other solutions!

In this webinar, I showed a 6-minute snippet of the project I demoed, which was developed for Algonquin College’s Addiction and Mental Health graduate program. I wrote out a full post, with demonstration, which you can check out here.

If you’re interested, visit the link below, and take a look at the recording – there’s a lot of really great projects in there!

Best of DemoFest 2018: Award-winning eLearning in Action

DevLearn 2018 DemoFest Recap: Winning Project: Best Academic Solution

This year was the first year that I have participated in DemoFest through the E-Learning Guild. If you’re unfamiliar, they liken it to a science fair for e-learning projects. Basically, a bunch of demonstrators are set up around the grand ballroom with their projects, and they have two hours to pitch/demo the project to as many people as possible. Those people then vote for one project in each category, and I was BESIDE MYSELF with gratitude when they announced that the project I demo’ed had won Best Academic Solution!

There were a lot of cool projects in the category (I did some recon before we started), so I thought for sure I was going to lose out to one of them. I was so surprised that when they announced the winner, I was watching the stage waiting for the winner to present themselves (typical Ashley), when the folks beside me were like “You won!!! Get up there!”. I wanted to cry. Here are some photos of me being super siked and wanting to cry…and of the awards.

So you’re probably asking yourself, “what project did she demo?!” Let me tell you all about it! The project I demonstrated was one that I had worked on for the Addiction and Mental Health graduate program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. The course itself was Group Counselling, and I demonstrated two specific interactions we created and highlighted the different technologies that we used to achieve the outcome. The project itself launches next year, so we don’t yet have student data on overall experience, but the team and reviewers are happy with the product. Below, I’ll take you through a screencast illustrating what was done.

DevLearn 2018: Session Recap and Resources – BYOD: Articulate Storyline 360: Let’s Get Variable!

Initially when I pitched this session, I thought “ooooh…a play on Let’s Get Physical…that’ll get picked up!”. I had planned on playing variations of that song in the background throughout the session…and then I read the lyrics. They are much more inappropriate than I had originally considered! OH MY!

Then I thought “maybe I’ll dress up in an 80s aerobic outfit”, but my session was at 1045am, and there was not enough morning coffee for that. Ah well! The room was packed, which is great news, and I think only about 10 folks trickled out throughout the session, so I’ll consider it a win. These sessions are always tricky because you never know what skill level folks are coming in at and it’s hard to cater to all within a one hour session, but 75% of the room had worked with variables before and they followed along very well – I was so proud!

Last time I delivered this session, I was having participants build a progress meter AND do closed captions with variables in Articulate Storyline 2 (which wasn’t a thing, so you had to do a workaround) and it was painful for them and for me. I opted out of two complex things for this session in favour of a more successful singular thing, and it paid off!

We started out with a bit of theory:

  • What are variables?
  • What variables are available in Storyline 360?
  • What can these variables do?
  • Why use variables?

I demonstrated a few examples of things you can do with (click each to download the .story file):

Then, I discussed controlling navigation using variables. I provided an example of bad controlling of navigation, and then discussed better ways of controlling navigation.

For those interested, you can download the very brief slide deck that I used here.

Finally, I had participants create a very simple progress meter. You can download the PDF walkthrough of what was done here, and you can watch me create the progress meter in the video below.