Teaching by Storytelling – My Portfolio

Due to the fact that the samples presented are just excerpts from a complete training module, some of the navigation functionality will be disabled.

Click here to view samples of my e-learning design work categorized by the subject matter of the training and the types of interactions I have created.

Click here to view my e-learning design portfolio

Click here to view my e-learning design portfolio

I also created this supplemental portfolio of my voice-over work.

Click to view my voice portfolio

Click to view my voice portfolio

People remember stories and personal experiences, not bullet points. I’ve had the pleasure of doing development work for Jackie Van Nice, who fully embraces this approach in her E-Learning courses. Here are some of the story-based courses I’ve helped develop for her.

Software Training Demo – I needed to demonstrate to learners the picture taking and video shooting functions of a handheld device that they would be using in the context of their work day.

To accomplish this, I did three things: 1. I created a transparency where the screen for the handheld device would be, to create the illusion of a person moving the device around to get the right shot. 2. I layered three levels of close-ups of the picture and synced them to appear when the finger would press the zoom in/out buttons. 3. I created a video and cropped it into the handheld screen area to create the illusion of shooting a video and playing it back on the device..

Software Training - Click Here to View Sample

Software Training – Click Here to View Sample

Interactivity Using Hotspots – For the software training mentioned earlier, after we showed learners our character performing a task on his handheld device, we’d give them the opportunity to go through the same steps themselves using hotspots on the areas where they were supposed to tap or click. These were essentially “practice runs” for the learner. Then we would revisit a random selection of those steps and tasks in a final quiz.

To get to the hotspot interactions: 1. Click on the picture below. 2. Pick any of the three tasks from the Contents, and 3. Click on “I want to practice this task” in the box on the lower left corner of the screen.

Software Interactivity Using Hotspots - Click Here to View Sample

Software Interactivity Using Hotspots – Click Here to View Sample

Interactivity Using Drag and Drop – For a course on ethics, we used drag and drop questions to help the learner absorb the material in a different way. In one instance the learner is asked who should our character Padma talk to if she encounters an ethical issue. The learner would then drag pictures of the individual people into a picture of her office, click the Submit button, and immediately get feedback based on their answer.

Drag and Drop Interaction - Click Here to View Sample

Drag and Drop Interaction – Click Here to View Sample

Safety Training in Construction
In this course designed by Jackie, I helped create a number of scenarios for safety training. This one demonstrated how to properly handle rebar on site for street and bridge construction. Two young, hapless (and maybe a bit cocky) construction workers are shown making various blunders on a construction site. Our protagonist; a more experienced, knowledgeable, and wiser construction supervisor points out some of their mistakes and asks the learner to decide what should have been done. This made what was some pretty dry training into an entertaining and memorable learning experience.

Safety Training for Construction - Click Here to View Sample

Safety Training for Construction – Click Here to View Sample

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