Freelance Heroes

Hi, and welcome to the "Freelance Heroes" thread, a place where Articulate Freelancers help each other. Got a question about freelancing? Or perhaps you have an e-learning asset that may be valuable to those "doin' their own thing"? This is the place to share--to give.

To start things off, I'd like to share a short list of questions that help me figure out what kind of training a potential client wants. (So often they have no idea what they want.) The list is far from exhaustive, but may be of some help. Looking forward to meeting you. --Daniel  

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E Wickwire

Hi,

I'm new to Articulate-- actually in need of a developer here in Baltimore to help me with a small elearning project. A firm or freelancer would be fine. I am ready to begin immediately.

If you are near Baltimore and are interested, please speak up.

If I am asking this question in the wrong place, where can I find a skilled freelancer who fits the bill?

Thank you

Emerson

Bruce Graham

Hi Emerson, and welcome to Heroes.

This is absolutely the best place to find some help

Could you be more specific - Presenter/Engage/Quizmaker or Storyline?

Can you post some more details about your requirement/timescales etc. - the more details, the better the replies.

Once again - welcome to Heroes.

Bruce

E Wickwire

Thanks, Bruce.

Regarding software, "I don't know." I'm here because my sense is this community is replete with skilled developers, which is my need.

My project is a small elearning project related to patient education, with up to 8 2-4 minute interactive videos/animations. Eventually, these will be sandwiched by me on camera, 15-second intro and outro for each clip.

I am the subject matter expert, and I have all the content outlined, including a number of slides. My need is for a skilled developer to confirm or improve my strategy, help me refine tactics (ie, interactivity, animations, etc), and then deliver, ie execute the graphics and interactive technology.

I am ready to begin the consultative phase now and the delivery phase as soon as we've confirmed the vision. For a pro, this project will be a snap. Depending on the success of the initial project, there could be additional follow-on work as well.

Again, I'm in Baltimore.


Any suggestions?

Daniel Brigham

Hi, freelancers:

I just created a relatively brief demo of my top eight features of Storyline. Here's the link:

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http://brighamcommunications.com/Portfolio4/story.html

Why eight features? The usual--I ran out of time. I've also attached a ppt file that has the basic templates. Feel free to use as your own.

One of the great things about freelancing: sometimes, you have complete creative control. Best, Daniel

Karyn Lemberg


Daniel Brigham
said:

Hi, freelancers:

 I just created a relatively brief demo of my top eight features of Storyline. Here's the link:

http://brighamcommunications.com/Portfolio4/story.html

Where's the 'LIKE" button?  : )  

Great work Daniel!  

Nice idea -- think I'll have to try out something similar as well.

Sheila Bulthuis

Daniel – Love the Storyline features demo!  Especially as I am (finally) about to take the plunge into Storyline myself.  J

Just as an aside, for anyone who is still using Presenter or just as a general PPT tip:  You actually can name your objects, shapes, and pictures in PPT, similar to the way you can in Storyline.  You just open the Selection Pane and do it in there – it transfers those names over to the Custom Animation pane as well.  The Selection Plane is absolutely one of my favorite things about working in PPT 2007/2010 as opposed to the earlier versions, so much easier to work with objects that are layered on top of each other…

Bruce Graham

Sheila Cole said:

Daniel – Love the Storyline features demo!  Especially as I am (finally) about to take the plunge into Storyline myself.  J

 

Just as an aside, for anyone who is still using Presenter or just as a general PPT tip:  You actually can name your objects, shapes, and pictures in PPT, similar to the way you can in Storyline.  You just open the Selection Pane and do it in there – it transfers those names over to the Custom Animation pane as well.  The Selection Plane is absolutely one of my favorite things about working in PPT 2007/2010 as opposed to the earlier versions, so much easier to work with objects that are layered on top of each other…


OK Shelia - I'll bite

Please show me what the Selection Pane is in 2010, and how to open/see/use it!

Thanks

Bruce

Daniel Brigham

Matthew Nimeth said:

Nice presentation. I played it on the iPad and it gets stuck on the intro slide for 3&4 which brings me to an important question... As freelancers how do you accomplish internal review and testing?


Matthew: did you download the free Articulate mobile app from itunes? That's what Articulate recommends. Thanks for viewing.

Sheila Bulthuis

Thank you Blair!  I was just about to say the exact same thing.  =)

That Editing menu is on the Home tab.

And this is really cool (IMHO):  if you click those eyes you see on the right in Blair's screenshot, it's a toggle that makes that item appear/disappear from view in the PPT - so you can mess with something that’s at the bottom of a bunch of layered images, without having to move the top images out of the way (and then try to get them back to where they originally were).  Just be careful to make everything visible before you publish!!

Sheila Bulthuis

David Lindenberg said:

Hi All:

I just came across this article and thought it would be a good addition in this thread.

Useful Legal Documents for Designers

I haven't used any of these so can't speak to their worth, but it looks like a pretty good list.  Plus, the PDF documents are available for download.

David

That’s a great site, David, thanks for sharing!

I do think if you’re going to be doing a lot of business or pretty big projects, it’s worthwhile to have an attorney take a look at your contract language – they don’t even have to write it from scratch for you, you could use one of these samples in the link David shared and ask an attorney to just check it over to make sure it covers you in your specific circumstances and locality.  There are all sorts of things to consider that I didn’t know about until I had my contract reviewed, and I think it's a lot stronger for having gone through that process. 

A lot of my clients also have standard MSAs that they use (so I sign the MSA once and then have a Statement of Work with more specific terms for each project) and I never sign one of those without having the attorney look it over and making changes as needed.

David Lindenberg

Daniel Brigham said:

Hi, freelancers:

I just created a relatively brief demo of my top eight features of Storyline. Here's the link:

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http://brighamcommunications.com/Portfolio4/story.html

Why eight features? The usual--I ran out of time. I've also attached a ppt file that has the basic templates. Feel free to use as your own.

One of the great things about freelancing: sometimes, you have complete creative control. Best, Daniel


Very nice Daniel!  Thx for sharing.

David

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi All,

I just created a Screenr on using the Selection Pane. It really is a very cool tool. I've been using it forEVER and can't imagine how I got along without it! Once you start using it, I bet you'll say the same thing.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/149067357

Thanks, Daniel, for the very nice "top 8."

Sheila Bulthuis

Helena Froyton said:

Hi Sheila,

Thank you so much for the strategy you sent me.  Yes, it is very helpful.  It would be great if I could see a completed sample of it.  I like the selected categories

Helena,

I'm so sorry it took me so long to get this posted, it's been a crazy week.  In any case, I'm attaching a sample strategy.  I had to take out a couple of slides that had proprietary info, but it's mostly complete, so hopefully it will be helpful to you (if it's not too late...-Sheila