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Skills

As an instructional/eLearning designer, I have a variety of skills that I draw on. Some of these are transferable skills that are equally applicable across many industries. Others are specifically connected to the role of eLearning designer.

Learning Models

This eLearning shows how the various models fit together in my work.

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I use these as a guide, to ensure that the process is underpinned by tried and tested models. However, I aim to work in an agile way, with the client involved and able to review at all stages of the process. Depending on the project, some of the steps may be bypassed and/or undertaken in a different order. The aim is to work efficiently to produce a high quality eLearning product.

WCAG

I am passionate about ensuring equality of access for all. It has never been easier for non-specialists to create online content but this often comes at a cost. If content is not created with access for all in mind, it is likely to cause difficulties or even be impossible for some people to use it. Many disabled people use assistive technologies and these work with IT systems to enable people with visual, auditory and mobility impairments to access online content.

Please get in touch with me if you need help to make your content accessible.

Software/technology

Although I work with a range of applications, the following are areas of expertise.

Articulate 360

Articulate 360 is a suite of applications that are most commonly used to create eLearning products. Storyline is the industry standard rapid authoring tool and my product of choice for creating bespoke eLearning packages with plenty of interactivity.

Rise is a web-based tool, with less functionality but a user-friendly interface for creating basic products that flow well and offer limited interaction. I often combine Storyline with Rise to insert bespoke elements and increase the functionality of this application.

Review 360 is where I host my in-process products to enable clients to review and give feedback or request amendments. It is easy to use and leaves a paper-trail to ensure that a record of actions can be saved.

Adobe Creative Cloud

This vast suite of design applications is available to me. However, I have found it necessary to focus on becoming a specialist in one or two of them.

Lightroom

Many people think of Photoshop as the go-to application for photo editing. However, for image enhancement, adjusting light, colour and clarity, Lightroom is unbeatable! It sits beautifully alongside a good quality camera and photographic skills to enable me to produce high quality images on a range of subjects.

Illustrator

I consider Illustrator to be one of the most underrated applications for producing visual art work. It is perfect for creating logos, diagrams and a range of vector illustrations. The main advantage of vector images, is their ability to be expanded or zoomed in, with no loss of clarity. This also ensures that assistive technologies such as ZoomText can access my images easily.

Premiere Pro

I am proficient in producing both video content of a subject, i.e. with a camcorder, and screencasts, which are without doubt, the best way of showing how to use computers and software. Expertise in Premiere Pro enables me to edit video content to eliminate mistakes, ums and ahs, coughs and sneezes, etc. I also use it to combine different video sources and produce special effects.

I am very pleased to have been accepted on Adobe's limited trial of their beta version, which includes an automatic transcription function. Although there is still a lot of work to make this available for everyone, I am already using it in my daily work and have been impressed by its accuracy. It makes the job of creating WCAG compliant subtitles, so much easier!

Web Coding

Most people nowadays use some kind of application or interface to create web pages. There is most definitely a place for these and indeed, I use Blogger to create both of my blogs. However, I am also proficient in raw web coding, using HTML5 to produce content and CSS to create the desired style or look and feel.