Healthcare - ECG modules

Hi Articulate e-learning compatriots!

This might be of particular interest to those of you who work in healthcare. Cardiology basics – three introductory modules for ECG interpretation.  

Module 1.3 The 12-Lead ECG

Module 1.2 Vectors & Waveforms

Module 1.1 Anatomy & Physiology

We have only just published module 1.3. Being a bit more familiar with Storyline we started experimenting with some different backgrounds (thanks to David Anderson for most of these), added some simple flash animations, and tried out some work based scenarios (inspired by Russ Sawchuck’s nursing diagnosis simulations). Overall was aiming to create something a little less linear than modules 1.1 and 1.2. As you know, when you work on something for a period of time you approach a stage when you can’t decide what looks good and what doesn’t, so all feedback extremely welcome

My partner Oscar created all the illustrations, animations, and worked out how to restore my faded old ECG collection for online viewing. If you can put up with the British accent and slight variations in terminology please feel free to share any of the above with your colleagues and students. We are now taking on some freelance work and also building up a bank of illustrations and ECG examples, so if anything interests you, or I can share something, just give me a shout.

Happy new year everyone!

12 Replies
Simon Perkins

Hi Maxine

You've got some great ideas in there (have only looked at 1.3 so far), especially making use of illustrations.  And I really dig that door opening anim  

Some pointers (all IMHO of course):

  1. How much access to the side menu do you want to give?  e.g. some interactions can be skipped by just going to another slide.
  2. Although the narration is great, it can be quite lengthy at times.  Not necessarily an issue if the learner is following the Notes tab, but you may want to consider more visual/info prompts on the screen in case the learner can't tally up all the Notes with what's happening/happened.
  3. Einthoven's Triangle slide has the same Notes content as the previous slide, therefore the learner can't follow what's happening if they have no audio capability.  Other slides might do the same - I've not checked.  Maybe this is a hidden slide or a layer?
  4. I'd stick with using the default "Next" button instead of adding one to the slide.  If you want to control when the "Next" button can be used then variables/conditions are your friend.
  5. If your published version is going to contain the side menu then think carefully about slide names, e.g "Drag & drop surface areas" should be change to something more appropriate.
  6. Will people want to send (or be able to send) an email request for a certificate?  This might be the norm for some but I don't think I've seen it.  Will you be running the course via an LMS?  If so, can that not handle certs?  Will be you be reselling the course for use on other LMS'?  

HTH :)


Maxine Guillen

Hi Simon

Yes that does help, thanks so much for your feedback/time

1. Try not to lock students into some of my courses too much i.e want them to be able to pull what they want from the menu - unless there is an assessment involved/compulsory information needs to be learnt.

2. Totally agree - some of the audio is still way too long - thing is I actually write a script and end up cutting it in half, but still the edit is not quite as slick as I would like.

3. This is a layer hence the notes still showing from the main slide but no reason why it shouldn't be a main slide instead of a layer. Good point about the audio - I guess I just assume that everyone would have it - something to think about though. Although I do include the full script in the resources section for download.

4. Still have things to learn with Storyline - namely variables!!!

5. Good point!

6. Yes this does seem a bit strange, but only temporary. All of the above modules are free to everyone and will remain so. They also function as pre-course info to students who attend our live seminars. It would be good if learners are able to print their own CPD certificates directly from Storyline, but I'm not sure if this is possible. Future modules will be sold, and yes we will be running all this via an LMS that can handle certificates or reselling (*hopefully*).

Thanks again Simon. Take care. M

eLearning Development


I have been working on something somewhat similar for my paramedic staff.  I got some good inspiration from your modules.  They are very well done.  Here is a link to mine in case they can give you some inspiration as well.  Voice over is not my forte so you may want to skip through quickly.

STEMI Recognition


Maxine Guillen

Hey Tim

Thanks so much for your kind words. I just watched your STEMI module - I think your voice over is great!!! Very calming and easy to listen to. Believe me I have quite sensitive hearing.

Haven't even thought about my ACS module yet, but yes you've given me some good ideas. Really loved the "find the J point", the ST segment analysis, and your descriptions of the leads/surface areas. The quiz is also really good.

Have you tried using the magnify function on some of the 12-lead examples? If watching on a smaller screen they can sometimes be hard to see. If you need any examples of anything or want to borrow some illustrations - let me know. It would be good to keep in touch and compare notes!


Ikemefuna Nwosu


Your modules are very inspiring. They will serve as my reference for producing effective learning modules for my classes.

What was the timeframe to produce any one of those modules?

I accidentally discovered this post and will direct my anatomy students to view your modules.



Maxine Guillen

Hello Ike

Thanks for your lovely message. The modules took around a month each on a part-time basis, but I also have help from my business partner. However, due to a fair bit of freelance work lately we have got faster - we are currently producing a health & nutrition course with 7 modules and are now averaging one module a week, but that is full time. I tend to deal with the script and storyboarding, my partner does all the visuals etc. Again, thanks for your nice comments, it really means a lot. Keep in touch! M

Ikemefuna Nwosu


Thanks for the information. That give me a practical time-frame to work with. My forays with Storyline and Articulate  suite have been limited and reluctantly incremental given that I teach 5 courses a semester and two in summer.

For now I have limited my efforts to creating exercises for the practical aspect of anatomy and physiology.

When I am ready, I know I will have a few more questions for you and your partner.

Alice W.

Hi Maxime,

I just looked at Module 1.3.  It's really nicely done.  The course has just the right amount of information, and the animations and quizzes are well built in.  I particulary like how you do the certificate.  May I know how you incorporate the certficate into the course and can send through email?  I'd really like to do something similar for my course.  Is this something you can share?



Maxine Guillen

Hi Alice & Frank

So sorry not to have replied to your message sooner. I've only just seen it! I'm expecting a baby in a few weeks so things are a bit hectic. Thank you for your nice comments. I'm happy to send you any of my templates. If you just let me know what slides you would like I'll send you over the files.

The certificate/email process is just a temporary fix. The email process is not automated. We currently use Articulate Online to control access to paid modules, but for our free modules we still wanted to offer a certificate but not necessarily add the student as a user on AO - only because our initial budget was a bit tight. Currently we receive around 20-40 email requests per week for certificates (for the free modules) so we will have to find another way soon!

My partner Oscar has just finished developing a really good SL course for a client, so we'll be posting a demo of this soon and getting round to developing some further cardiology based courses for our own website. Thanks again and keep in touch! M