Hand-drawn sketch design elarning

Shortly after the dust storms rolled in last night, most of Phoenix lost power for several hours. Power outages are rare in Phoenix, but they can be scary for cats, dogs, and 5-yr olds. To keep our kid’s mind focused on happy thoughts, we gathered around our candle-lit table and made flower fairies.

Getting Back to the Basics

While we worked by candlelight, I remembered a story I’d read about the 2011 Japan earthquake and how a town’s newspaper used pen and paper to manually print news of the disaster, shelter information, and general support efforts.

“For six consecutive days after the twin disasters, reporters used flashlights and marker pens to write their stories on poster-size paper and posted the ‘newspapers’ at the entrances of relief centers around the city. Six staff members collected stories, while three spent an hour and a half each day writing the newspapers by hand.” Newseum

View the video story at Newseum

One reason I think I like this story so much is that it’s a great reminder that technology is only part of the answer. It also highlights the speed at which designers can move when they aren’t focused on technology or any single solution.

Power’s out? Pen and paper are in. Back to work everyone!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to create an emergency-response course using pen and paper.

Select a news story or training course that focuses on a disaster or emergency event and create a 3-5 slide course to help learners navigate the event. Because you’re creating everything by hand, you’ll really need to focus on the basics.

Consider adding one or more of the following elements:

  • Information - What happened and what do your learners need to know?
  • Checklists - Can you provide steps or procedures for your learners to follow?
  • Resources - Are there any additional resources available to learners?

Note: This challenge is not about prototyping. This one’s all about designing an analog course using basic drawing tools. 

Tools and Resources

You can use crayons, markers, pencils, or any non-digital drawing tools to create your mini-course. You can digitize your handwritten slides any way you like.

Suggested ways to share your images:

Last Week's Challenge

Before you pencil in some time for this week’s challenge, take a look at the instructional design quizzes your fellow community members shared in last week’s challenge:

New to the E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly e-learning 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. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Daniel Adeboye
Richard Watson

Hey guys...I had a few minutes this afternoon and decided to turn my Low-Tech design into a "digitized" version using Storyline and David Anderson's Newspaper graphic located at: http://community.articulate.com/downloads/p/263462.aspx. Stop by if you get a chance and let me know what you think. I captured some of my original drawings, and then used PowerPoint, a sound file, and a few other images to animate the original paper-based drawings. http://bridgehillls.com/surviving-a-killer-bee-invasion-digitized/ @Melissa: Great images and layout on your demo. @Kimberly: Maybe another trip down 6th grade memory lane? I hope you like it. @Danielle: Good job! I liked how you used the colors in your drawings. @Dianne: I really liked how you arranged the information; very vibrant colors... Expand

David Anderson
Allison Nederveld

Here's my submission for the week! http://wp.me/p4kcT2-bw I love how these really present a different side of everyone that we don't normally see! @Jeff - nice use of graphics! I like your checklist set up much better than mine. @Melissa - I really like your set up and the prevention slide at the end. @Jackie - Super fun! So simple and eye catching. @Kimberly - I like the way you broke up all your information (I ended up crowding way too much into my last "slide") @Lance - I think you might win the best handwriting award! Plus, that was a really clean way to fit so much information onto one sheet. @Richard (and Kimberly) - I also remember a lot of killer bee talk when I was in middle school.... This made me laugh - especially the names of the counties. Also the digital v... Expand

Hazel Brewer

@Jeff - really like the layout and icons you have used for the checklist as well as accompanying map imagery! @Melissa- Very creative and great use of colour to make more visually interesting. Great layout- like the book slide idea and the equipment layout @Jackie- I am a massive fan of the ransom-riffic approach (was digging out my magazines to have a go then saw you had done it, and a much better job as I could commit to). Very eye catching, quirky and simple- often the best way when it comes to design layout. Really effective and creative use of materials. @Kimberly- Very clear and consistent layout and fantastic detailed information. Good use of imagery to back up the amount of info given! Nice balance. @Lance- love the swift flow of this design and the font is great (wish ... Expand

Richard Watson