Personal Career Development

Hi Team!

I have been in L&D for about 3.5 years and fell into it accidentally. I love it and also feel like I have so much to learn. I have been informally mentored in some instructional design concepts by a coworker as well as have taken training in the Articulate suite from Yukon Learning and Tim Slade.  While this has been very helpful, I find there is so much I need to learn. I especially have a difficult time coming up with slide look and feel ideas. I have not had training in slide design or graphic design.

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1. I am trying to develop a personal curriculum to keep getting better. If you were helping a relative beginner, what skills would you recommend they learn and in what order?
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2. What recommendations do you have for learning to design beautiful slides and layout look and feels?
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3. What are your favorite resources, courses, etc...?
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I currently have access to LinkedIn Learning and just purchased the books Slideology and Visual Design Solutions.

Thanks in advance!

2 Replies
Tracy Carroll

Hi Philip,

Although I'm trained in designing instruction, I wasn't trained in graphic design. What helped me was participating in the weekly Articulate challenges, which I did regularly for several years. (I still do when I have time.)

Looking at the work of others, and attempting to come up with my own ideas every week, was incredibly helpful for me. I tend to learn more from doing than from taking courses, ironically. :)

Philip Deer

Thank you, Tracy! That's a great idea. I will take a look at the challenges.

I did enroll in a great on-demand course two days ago from Duarte and have almost completed it while following along in the exercise files. It has been very helpful. I showed my boss at my new job today a project I have been working on for them. She said I "nailed the visuals." I couldn't be more pleased with the content of the course and how applicable and helpful it is to what I do daily.