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Reel Life - Episode 1: Plot, Storytelling, Dialogue

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: An E-Learning Discourse

A lot can be learned about e-learning through the study of film and media. In this series, we’ll explore e-learning principles and techniques in the context of movie critiques, game reviews, and literary studies. You never knew that e-learning could be so fun!

In this week’s blog, we’ll be looking at storytelling do’s and do not's in e-learning.

Making Your Graphic Designer Happy: Resolution and Image Quality

Nobody likes grainy or low-quality images. When selecting or creating images for e-learning, it's important to keep in mind image resolution and how scaling or manipulating the image can affect image quality and the appearance of your e-learning. If the option is available to send your developer the best quality image, do it! It is always easier for us to use, modify, or scale down a nice image than it is to try to scale up a poor one.

Call Center Soft Skills Training

Recently, I built a scenario-based call center soft skills training course for a client. I was excited to use some of the new features in Articulate’s Storyline 360, including the new illustrated characters. Watch as our character Sheri tackles some tricky situations with a few angry customers. 

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Advanced Slider Techniques – Panoramic Scrolling and Parallax Effects

Lately (if it wasn’t made apparent in several other blog entries), I’ve been absolutely fascinated with the Slider in Storyline 2. It’s such a simple tool on the surface, but it’s one with tons of potential if you dare to dive deeper.

I mentioned last time that multiple sliders can share the same variable values, and that slider thumbs can be images. How can we push this to another level? What if the slider thumb was a panoramic image?

Interactive Timeline and Slider Bar with Articulate Storyline 2

I was asked to develop an interactive presentation of nursing history in the form of a timeline, each date range presenting various key points in nursing history. Not too long before this request, Storyline 2 had come out, providing a wealth of new triggers and interactive objects to use. Among the new features of this program was the all-new Slider Bar. Immediately, I began exploring the applications of this feature.

Building a Diagnostic Practice for Healthcare Professionals

Here’s an example of a scenario-based training course I made in Storyline 2 recently. This professor wanted something more engaging, something more than just bullet points on a slide. My task was to develop an online activity on patient diagnosis that would expose the learner to realistic patient scenarios, ask them to prescribe a treatment, and allow them to view the outcomes of their decisions.


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