E-Learning Challenge #30: What Do E-Learning Designers Really Do? Posted Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5:53 PM

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Have you ever tried explaining what you do to your friends or parents? Anyone? Chances are you were met with a blank or quizzical look.


While most jobs can be tough to explain to people outside your industry, e-learning design has to be one of the most challenging jobs to explain. The industry is relatively new and requires designers to juggle a variety of skills from writing to design to project management to counselling.


For anyone who’s struggled to explain their occupation, the “What People Think I Do / What I Really Do” is the visual elevator pitch you've been looking for. 

 

Using a series of panels, you tell a visual story about the preconceptions outsiders have about our industry. You’ve likely seen one or more versions of this visual communication meme. Here’s one of my favorites:

 


There isn’t a strict format you have to follow, the panels typically include panels for:


  • What my friends think I do

  • What my mom thinks I do

  • What society thinks I do

  • What my boss thinks I do

  • What I think I do

  • What I actually do

In some ways, this meme is similar to the photo collage challenge you did a couple weeks back. The biggest difference is the meme is focused around explaining what your occupation while the photo collage was more open-ended.


Now, it’s possible what people think you do and what you really do are exactly the same:

 

Challenge of the week

This week, your challenge is to design a visual chart using the “What People Think I Do / What I really Do” meme.  You can choose any job role you like: instructional designer, course designer, Super Hero, or any other title that interests you.


Projects can be static images, or you can try something more interactive like video or animation. Whatever you decide to do, just have fun with it! I’ll start a Pinterest board like I did for your instructional design tips to showcase your examples.


Tools

You can use Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, or PowerPoint to build your visual chart.


Resources

Here’s a free PowerPoint template to help you get started:

 

Blogs and articles

Last week’s challenge


Before you start telling everyone what you really do, check out what your community members did in last week’s summary slide challenge:


More about the e-learning  challenges:

The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.


Wishing you a great week—doing whatever it is you do—E-Learning Heroes!

 

Post written by David Anderson


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Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free 30-day trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.

 

 

108 comments so far

Ashley Chiasson

260 posts

Posted Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Hahahaha - Great entry, Jeff! I loved the rocket science image. Although, the hamster wheel one made me a little sad - I think we've all felt like that at one point or another :P

User Rank David Anderson

3,194 posts

Posted Friday, April 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

I must have drafted a dozen posters before settling on the one I used. I think the mood we're in when creating the poster will affect some of the stories we tell.

Joshua Roberts

382 posts

Posted Friday, April 11, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Oh God. Memes have come to Articulate. I cannot wait to get involved in this! I'm going to prepare my entry tomorrow!

User Rank David Anderson

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Posted Friday, April 11, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Looking good, Jeff! I agree w/Ashley that the hamster is classic. I wanted an image to communicate "herding cats" but couldn't find the right one in my stock photo sites. The hamster totally works.

Posted Friday, April 11, 2014 at 4:20 PM

LOL! Love Jeff's contribution!

Posted Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I could not resist this challenge and I am eager to see what everyone comes up with!

Here is mine:  elearningdesigner.com/.../WhatMontseReallyDoes.jpg

Cheers!  

User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

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Posted Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Nice one Montse, especially the last one. I know that multitasking feeling...

I did a quick write up here: blog.seriouslearning.nl/what-does-an-e-learning-specialist-really-do

Paul Alders

231 posts

Posted Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM

What a great challenge!

Jeff - perhaps the mouse is precisely what you do .... you've got this challenge rolling. Great work!

Montse -  I think I need to have a chat with some of your friends ... as far as I can see you're not that 'lazy'!

Joshua Roberts

382 posts

Posted Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Here's my entry...

http://pbrd.co/1oXwbz2

Simple and to the point...

Paul Alders

231 posts

Posted Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Looking good Joshua - maybe it's time to invite your boss out here to show him what you really do ;)

Posted Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Love it, Joshua!  Sponge Bob and Gordon!  LOL!!!  Too funny!

Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Jeff, I LOVE the hamster...and it does convey how it feels some days. Monste, your stuff is always so classy and elegant. Joshua, sometimes I DO what to shout out like the guy in the bottom right quadrant!

Mine is a bit more interactive. Got this idea in my head and then couldn't let go:

refco27.com/.../story.html

Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Love what your mother thinks of what you do. THE best ;). And that  "wah wah wah" from Charlie Brown has to be universal. I use it all the time. Girl on the bike...reminds me a bit of the hamster, eh? ;) Very nice, Ashley.

Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Great stuff everyone - very funny and so true. Love your interactive approach Rebecca

Thought I'd go for a different subject... and try out some animation stuff I've been thinking about. As a Belgian living in NZ, thought I'd collect some thoughts about my home country :)

googledrive.com/.../0B47ynIYFz9T0REdrMUVzNElQYWM

Paul Alders

231 posts

Posted Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM

What a nice submissions out here!

Rebecca - I take my haat off for your submission...are the graphics yours?

Ashley - I'm curious what your mother thinks about your work on the moon. Great job!

Shefali - welcome to the 'club'...the use of books gives a nice twist to this challenge!

Miranda - Thanks for sharing these insights about Belgium... Really like the drag and drop interaction!

Ashley Chiasson

260 posts

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:19 AM

I think another great image someone could use for "What I Feel Like I Do" would be a mind reader :P I've worked with many a client who has definitely expected that skill of me haha

Ashley Chiasson

260 posts

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:21 AM

I'd also like to point out that the "What I Actually Do" image is displaying an IV drip of coffee - I know i t wasn't clear :P

Shefali - The Moosewood Cookbook is fantastic, but I would pick it up for my husband to read.

User Rank Bruce Graham

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Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Had a bit of free time - so here goes mine....

A bit interactive...

dl.dropboxusercontent.com/.../story.html

Hope DropBox does not make it too "choppy".

Jackie Van Nice

631 posts

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Here's mine. I was messing with sketchy stuff and this is what happened: www.trainingstone.com/.../what_i_do.png

User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

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Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Boy this is a fun one. great stuff everyone! Bruce, you should pop in more often! Show off those mad skills!

User Rank Bruce Graham

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Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Great job Jackie - loving that rabbit :)

Will try Jeff!

Paul Alders

231 posts

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Jackie - your sketchy stuff turned out very well! Well done!

Bruce - I really like your creativity and use of 'videoscribe'. Excellent!

Dan Sweigert

172 posts

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Lot's of great work here from everyone. I love all the creative work you put into yours Bruce. And Jackie, the hand-written "back of the napkin" approach looks great.

Matthew Guyan

70 posts

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Some great ideas coming out of this weeks challenge everybody!

Miranda - I liked the balloon popping interaction and learning more about Belgium

Rebecca - The interactivity with the hats works well and gives a bit more depth

Jackie - Your sketches are simple, yet effective.

Bruce - Wow! That's taking it to a whole new level!

Michael - I like how you're images tell an individual story but connect as well.

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Just came out of a meeting where people wanted to define 'what learning designers do' to create a team description. I just showed some of the contributions here today :)

Bruce - I love your use of Powtoon, definitely hope that the next version of Storyline allows to create more in-tool-animation options ...

Jackie Van Nice

631 posts

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:47 PM

It's hard to respond to so much cool stuff! I think you touched a nerve with this one, David.

Jeff: I especially liked your blog post where you explained your choices.

Montse: Loved the juxtaposition and choice of images for what you think you do vs what you really do.

Joshua: Big fan of what you think you do.

Rebecca: I'm mesmerized with your adorable little side pop-up menu. An idea I'd love to use. Really nice.

Ashley: I'm REALLY relieved that's a coffee drip!

Shefali: Cute idea!

Miranda: I've enjoyed traveling in your lovely country and I enjoyed your interaction very much. I don't remember having to pop balloons to get information while I was there, but it's an attention-getting way to find stuff out!

Bruce: I'm so glad you got to play along this week! Loved your entry. Hard to pick a favorite section, but the detail about what you really do was really nicely done.

Michael: Loved your air-and-sea-themed imagery. The what-you-based-your-quote-on part made me laugh since that sort of says it all.

Just wrote up a post to explain mine: trainingstone.wordpress.com/.../jackietrain-3

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Since Atsumi is probably the world’s most famous eLearning stock photo character, I thought she should tell us what eLearning designers really do:

elearningdesigner.com/.../WhatDoesAtsumiReallyDo.jpg

abram siegel

3 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM

This was a fun one. Keep them coming . . I think they're all hilarious!

www.dropbox.com/.../WhatIReallyDo.png

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

My office is moving this week so I'm a little preoccupied, but I thought this video was appropriate for the topic:

www.youtube.com/watch

Rachel Barnum

92 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

This was fun. I actually asked my friends what they thought I did and their responses ranged from IT work to "you do that thing that makes the robot make a PB&J and makes it easy for others" whatever that means.

Anyways.

www.ohthatrachel.com/.../WhatIReallyDo.jpg

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:14 AM

- Paul, tx for the "hat off" ;-) Funny. The graphics are mostly from

http://pixabay.com/ - I LOVE their stuff and their terms of service

http://pixabay.com/en/service/terms/ !

A couple are from

http://openclipart.org/ - terms of service http://openclipart.org/share

- Shefali, Miranda and Michael, enjoyed the different "spins" y'all gave to the challenge and the associated images you brought along to make the point

- Bruce...superb! and a nice nod to Phil

- Jackie line drawings can convey so much. Nice.

- Abram, hilarious the difference between your peers' and your Learners' perspectives

- Allison, saw 7 minutes and wasn't planning to watch the whole thing, but you had me at about 45 seconds in

- Rachel, perfect plan: go to the source when planning your project ;)

Ashley Chiasson

260 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:18 AM

Michael - I LOVED what you based your quote on…so true :P

Abram - What your peers hear you do…also SO TRUE!

Rachel - I too have no idea what your friend means by that - I'm afraid of asking my friends now...

abram siegel

3 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 5:56 AM

Nicola I'm loving the SME part!

Ashley Kontos

9 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:04 AM

I'm a first timer as well but I couldn't pass this up.  

drive.google.com/.../edit

User Rank David Anderson

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Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Welcome to the challenges, Ashley!

I really like the infographic approach you used to describe what you really do!

Thanks for jumping in.

Dan Sweigert

172 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Here's mine. I think I should explain a little about this one. I grow a lot of citrus and other fruit trees in pots that require a good amount of attention, so I assume my neighbors might think I run an orchard. And a lot of my friends are musicians or just music fans that know me from my band, so that's what that's all about. Anyway, here it is:

cropcirclecollective.com/.../what_I_really_do.png

User Rank David Anderson

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Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Nice one, Dan. I like the magic theme a lot of you guys used. There really is an element of magic in what course creators do. But as Dan shows in his final panel: It's not magic, it's science!

Dan Sweigert

172 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Thanks David, I just wrote a blog waxing a bit philosophical on this week's challenge:

dansweigert.wordpress.com/.../who-am-i

User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

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Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:38 AM

@ Allison, brilliant video. I've attend such a meeting at least 2 times a month... Did anyone giggle at the expert 'Anderson' ???

User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

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Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

"Anderson, I understand you're the expert of a narrow but surely it isn't a difficult task..." WHOAHAAHAHAHAHA

Dan Sweigert

172 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Nicola, I agree with Nick, I love the SME documents with most of the content crossed off.

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

@Jeff - It was so relate-able that I had to laugh so I didn't cry!  

Rachel Barnum

92 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

@Dan link doesn't seem to work

User Rank David Anderson

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Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Q: What's preventing you from making this happen?

A: Geometry.

Dan Sweigert

172 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Sorry about that Rachel, I took it off to make some quick edits. You should be able to view it now.

Sjoerd de Vries

60 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Hi all,

Pretty late, but I am new to the challenges and think they are a great way to learn Articulate while having fun.

I wanted to have some interaction and play with the "states" functionality and layers. Actually my job desctiption changed from learning consultant to instructional designer recently and my colleague send me a picture with the "job description". So I took that as the basic idea.

So this is the end result, hope it works out with the sound on drop box:

dl.dropboxusercontent.com/.../story.html

Thanks to Jeff's tutorial where he explained how to make nice charachters as part of hist tutorial to create a conversation interaction:

www.youtube.com/watch

Jackie Van Nice

631 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Nice, Sjoerd! (And definitely not late.) I happened to view it on iPad. Didn't get any sound, but your states and triggers worked just fine. Looked great!

Sjoerd de Vries

60 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Thanks Jackie, sound did work on my iPad with the mobile player. Seems that the assets are preloaded first. It's only supporting the message and I wanted to practice a bit.

@Dave: wouldn't it be nice if we could publish directly to Articulate and embed examples and exercises on the community? My files will not stay long on drop box while the link will always be there. I was watching older challenges and some can't be found anymore. That's a pitty.

User Rank David Anderson

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Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 5:18 PM

@Sjoerd - We're talking a lot about some type of option to enable you guys to upload demos.

What I've been doing with Dropbox and Google Drive users is asking them to share their published files with me so I can upload to our servers. It's a manual process but it ensures the demos will always be available. You just have heard from me yet since you just uploaded your files;-)

Do you know which links weren't working? I thought I collected all the Dropbox/Google files but maybe I missed some. It's possible I didn't update a link, too.

I'll send you a DM for your files and ask you more about the broken links.

Oh and welcome to the challenges:-)

Mary Cropp

26 posts

Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Nothing interactive or e-learning-y, but inspired by some truly spectacular mutton chops I saw on the bus today, here is my entry.  (It does make me think about using the poloroid background for a scenario I am working on though...) drive.google.com/.../edit

Nick Russell

438 posts

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:44 AM

Hi Gang!

I’m late again at the party and all the good ideas have been taken. Jeff’s tread wheel, Jacky’s Easter bunnies, Ashley’s coffee drip .. and all your other great ideas. By the way Becky specially loved yours – and if you ever feel like doing a screener on how you created that cute little sub menu…

I’m afraid I’ve departed from David’s brief of only using Powerpoint, Presenter or Storyline – but if Bruce can break the rules I guess I can too!

I don’t have time for a blog, but if anyone’s interested in my inspiration – I just paid off my eldest daughter’s credit card balance.

www.benchmarkenglish.net/.../story.html

User Rank Bruce Graham

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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:07 AM

@Nick - LOL

Excellent :)

I think all we are doing is using the FUNCTIONALITY of Storyline, so it's all OK ;)

Sjoerd de Vries

60 posts

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:08 AM

Very cool nick! Of course you should depart from Davids instructions. Since when do instructional designers exactly do what the customer tells he wants?

User Rank David Anderson

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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:25 AM

LOL nice one, Nick. How did you create the animated sketches? It turned out really well.

And rules are made to be broken so you're in good standing.

Dan Sweigert

172 posts

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:38 AM

Nick, I loved your animated sketch with the hand-drawn border and the little arrow pointing to add the word "should" to one of the descriptions were a nice touch, adding to the whole "back of the napkin" feel.

Dan Sweigert

172 posts

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Sjoerd, I loved your circular, clickable images with the glowing roll-overs. I also agree with the bit about the SMEs arguing over minutia when they should be looking more at the big picture.

Gemma Henderson

46 posts

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Hi All.

I'm so sorry I've been out the loop. My computer DIED as I went to publish last week. HONEST. Seriously went kaput. Thank lord for a warranty (only one week left of it, phew) it's been sent off to the techies, hopefully working their magic.

I blame Windows 8. Boo Hiss. I thank the stars for my cloud backup service.

Secondly, amazing all! These are so fab. :) It's really interesting to see everyone's perspective, as I'm still starting out, it's great to see such a great group of people working so hard to turn those difficult moments into successful outputs. :)

(PS - During my computer sadness, I came across a Windows support page about blue screens and one of the sentences began with "After you stop sobbing..." - insane!)

Sjoerd de Vries

60 posts

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Hi Dan, Thanks. I created the circular images in Powerpoint with Jeff's video (linked in my post). So actually use the cut tool to cut in ration 1;1 and cut out on a shape. That's it.

The glow effect I created in Articulate with the states feature. Added a state for hover and one for visited. Just the default states.

The pop-up is lust a layer, as I think you all do.

And of course I used a logo because I learned from dr Werner Oppelbaumer that all great e-learning should have a nice logo. So I borrowed Tom's shield from his blog post at April 1st.

User Rank David Anderson

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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Gem - I'm really sorry about your computer. Nothing worse, but glad it was covered under warranty.

I can add a placeholder for you in tomorrow's recap... And update it when you get your new machine.

User Rank Jeff Kortenbosch

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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Nice work everyone.

@Sjoerd, tnx for the mention!

@Nicola, welcome to the weekly challenges. Nice to see you here!

@Nick... do show how you did the animations. I'm thinking simple screen recording in a photoshop like program? Am I right?

Gemma Henderson

46 posts

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Thank you David, much appreciated!

I managed to get some brief time with Storyline today to create a object full of silliness and GIFs. It's not 100% but wanted to attempt to submit something for this week.

Here's the link to blog post and object.

http://wp.me/pW9yx-xj

After some trial and error, the instructions may not be clear enough, so if you are confused, just click the 6 buttons beneath the television screen and ta-da.

Nick Russell

438 posts

Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1:51 AM

@ David et al…Many thanks for kind comments!

How I made it? Jeff was right. I drew the sketches in Photoshop using my Wacom tablet and filmed the process using a screen recorder. The movies were then speeded up so that the original 3 minute movies were reduced down to around 20 seconds. Initially I wanted to emulate the RSA Animate style, of which I’m a huge fan. So I rigged up my camcorder to a tripod and started to draw the stuff on a whiteboard. Unfortunately I kept getting my head in the way of the camera and it proved too time-consuming. Doing it in Photoshop is quick and dirty – but you need to do a few dummy runs before it falls into place. I created the whole thing in a couple of hours which is pretty fast. Great fun by the way.

Kimberly Bourque

139 posts

Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Once I finally decided on a direction for this, it came together:

The Life of an Instructional Designer...as told by my favorite memes.

dl.dropboxusercontent.com/.../WhatIReallyDo2.png

User Rank David Anderson

3,194 posts

Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Kim you nailed it!  Totally meta to use memes for the meme challenge. Love it!

Jan Gillies

6 posts

Posted Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 6:35 AM

This is the one I posted on my Facebook page in February 2012.  Still holds true...  www.dropbox.com/.../407028_3202913107369_1440770291_n.jpg

Paul Alders

231 posts

Posted Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Hi everyone,

I finally find some time to finish my contribution to this challenge

www.pinterest.com/.../568298046701360648

Happy Easter

Sjoerd de Vries

60 posts

Posted Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

This is very awesome.  Very nice design and I love the storytelling idea.

User Rank Bruce Graham

7,229 posts

Posted Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM

@Paul - wonderful :)

Love the use of Videoscribe there with the layered bike fellow on top of the video (?)

Great job - well done.

Paul Alders

231 posts

Posted Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Bruce - Thanks for your comment and your inspiration for using Videoscribe. Besides Videoscribe I used Motion5  to create the bike fellow on top of the video.

Thanks

User Rank Tracy Parish

389 posts

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Late to the party but here's my submission.  

www.projectcartoon.com/.../356431

User Rank Bruce Graham

7,229 posts

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM

@Paul - wish Motion 5 was available for PC...

@Tracy - love those drawings - did you do them?

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Tracy, very interesting!  I like your departure from the norm!  Very creative!

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Very cool, Paul!  I love how all of you are taking this to the next level of creativity and thinking out the box!  

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Jan - love the 'girl friday" image!  LOL!  

Kim - the grumpy cat and Gene Wilder are just too funny!

User Rank Tracy Parish

389 posts

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Montse - It's from Project Cartoon.  I used it once ages ago to describe how our LMS implementation was going.  There are several other images you can put in to describe how any particular project is going.  

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Nick - your submission is really terrific!  Love the money tree and what the wife thinks you should do! hahahaha!  

This is such a great challenge!  People in this community are so creative and FUNNY!  

Have a great Monday!  

User Rank Tracy Parish

389 posts

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Montse - It's from Project Cartoon.  I used it once ages ago to describe how our LMS implementation was going.  There are several other images you can put in to describe how any particular project is going.  

Jan Gillies

6 posts

Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Tracy - I love what your boss thinks you can do!  Looks like something out of a Salvador Dali painting!

I just had to put the Interior Designer pic in there because I swear half the people hear "in(blah blah blah) designer" when I say "instructional designer" and then just go with what's most familiar to them.

Katie Nelson

13 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 9:29 AM

I wanted to thank you for this challenge.  Lately I had a lot of projects that did not involve developing Elearning.  I had fun getting back into using Storyline.  My creation was interactive. I have a “house” as the shell and a sign that says “how I pay the mortgage”. I have windows with shades closed.  When you clicked on window the shade rolls up to reveal what various people think I do for a living. I had to use layers, states, and animation and used PowerPoint and “shapes” to make all my own graphic art. I don’t think there is a way for me to share it. I work for the State of Washington, so I don’t have a public website I can post to and Ethics and security rules do not allow me to use any social media. :(  But it did make a great refresher course for me.

Dan Sweigert

172 posts

Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

That sounds like a great idea Katie. When I put up samples of my actual work for clients, I just strip out all proprietary information and references to the actual client and replace them with a fake company name and logo. As far as a place to post it, David Anderson might be able to help you there. It would be nice to see what you did.

User Rank David Anderson

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Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 9:43 AM

These are so great! I will update the recap to include the recent submissions.

User Rank David Anderson

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Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Katie - if you have a version you can share, I'm more than happy to host it for you. You can send me a DM in Heroes (top right corner) and I'll send you my email address. I think uses would love to see what you put together.

One of the primary reasons we started the weekly challenges was to help users build samples they can share publicly. I totally understand the constraints companies place on designers when it comes to sharing their work.

Posted Friday, May 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Howdy,

Just wanted to let y'all know I posted info at this thread

community.articulate.com/.../266378.aspx

about the side menu I'd created for this challenge.

Tx again to all for your great ideas each week!

Nick Russell

438 posts

Posted Friday, May 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Many thanks, Becky - that was a great screener, as usual.

I really liked your creation and the side menu idea was very original. I'm sure I'll use it so I'm keeping this book-marked.

BTW, Becky, which software do you use for producing your screeners? I'm currently looking for a suitable product. Replay is very nice - but it doesn't come with much editing capability

Many thanks again!

Nick

Posted Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Hi Nick,

I use Camtasia Studio (www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html). Version 8 (8.1 actually) is VERY nice.

I do my audio, though, in Audacity and import it into Camtasia. A few years (and versions) back, Camtasia's audio recording quality wasn't that great, according to my mentor at the time (he knows a LOT about audio recording). So that's how he trained me. I find Audacity to be very easy to use and have continued with this workflow.

Perhaps others can comment on whether Camtasia's video recording quality has improved.

My pleasure ;)

Paul Alders

231 posts

Posted Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Great idea Katie! A nice way of out of the box thinking and your clear description makes it easy to visualize the concept. Nevertheless I hope that you (and David) can find a way for sharing.

Thanks

Paul Alders

231 posts

Posted Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Rebecca - Thanks for sharing your screener about the side menu. I've put it on my shortlist of eLearning solutions to navigate.

Posted Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Cool, Paul! I'm flattered. BTW, in my comment above, I meant to say, "Perhaps others can comment on whether Camtasia's AUDIO recording quality has improved. Their video recording is awesome, IMHO.

Ian McConnell

10 posts

Posted Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Hello everyone,

Here's my entry: tlslearning.com/.../what-does-an-e-learning-developer-do-challenge

Thanks again for another great challenge!

Posted Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Tx for sharing, Ian.

Although Mother's Day has come and gone, tx from all of us who are lucky enough to have moms who also think "we're geniuses" and that "...that every company I work with is pretty darn lucky to have such a nice and handsome boy like me working for them." ;-)

Richard Watson

75 posts

Posted Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 2:38 PM

It looks like it's been a while since someone added to this challenge. I had some free time and thought I would look through older challenges and see what might be fun to do.

Here is a "little something" I put together for this challenge. Hope you like it.

http://tinyurl.com/nosbrej

Richard

Jackie Van Nice

631 posts

Posted Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Whoa, Richard - I like this one a lot! Put most of my comments on your blog - but again - so smart to go back to work on older challenges. Great job!

User Rank David Anderson

3,194 posts

Posted Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Very nice, Richard! I love the organic feel of the illustrations and handdrawn fonts.

I just updated our Pinterest board to include your project: www.pinterest.com/.../160722280426796632

Jackie Van Nice

631 posts

Posted Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Hey Ian! I'm sorry I didn't see your entry until just now. I like your images, subtle but consistent look and feel, and your blog post. Well done!

Richard Watson

75 posts

Posted Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 3:35 PM

@David

Thanks for the update and retweets!. I wasn't sure if anyone was watching this older challenge but wanted to do it anyway.  

@Jackie

Appreciate you stopping by the blog and making comments. I always value what you have to say!

@Ian

Loved the humor in yours!

User Rank David Anderson

3,194 posts

Posted Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Oh my gosh! Yes we're watching:-) I'm thinking of breaking out the recaps into separate posts so you guys get more exposure. Still working on how to best put those together but I want to help you all get your work noticed as much as possible.

I updated this challenge's recap to include the recent entries: community.articulate.com/.../creative-resume-templates-elearning-portfolios.aspx

Richard Watson

75 posts

Posted Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 5:25 PM

@David

Thanks for sharing.  I really appreciate what you are doing to expose our work!

Richard

User Rank David Anderson

3,194 posts

Posted Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Thanks, Richard!

I think these are a win for everyone. New users get to see real examples by real people--beyond staged demos by elearning community managers:-)

And a frequent complaint we here from designers is that they're unable to show the projects the build for  their clients. The challenges are one way to create portfolio-quality projects.

Matthew Guyan

70 posts

Posted Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Hi Richard, nice entry! I wanted to ask, where did you get the sound effects from?

Richard Watson

75 posts

Posted Saturday, July 05, 2014 at 9:38 PM

@Matthew

If I recall correctly, some of the sounds came from

http://elearningbrothers.com and

http://soundbible.com/