A little over one year ago, I set wheels in motion to begin an Articulate user group in the DFW area. Based on a conversation with David Anderson of Articulate at an October 2012 workshop, he inspired me to gather a like-minded group of individuals for the purposes of nerding out on what we do for a living. Ok, maybe that was MY purpose for wanting an Articulate user group. At any rate, for whatever intrinsic value I may receive from assembling this group, it has far exceeded my expectations.
One year later, I'm happy to report we are a group of 75 strong and have hosted 5 meetings thus far. Our conversations are lively, our discussions are informative, and our quest for learning better ways to create elearning is never ending.
We started of 2015 in February with Cyndi McCarty of NCR showing us how to effectively use color palettes and themes in Storyline. The May meeting was also a show of NCR greatness when Rebecca Fritzson taught us the finer points of making things "pretty." August's meeting was a treat with a guest appearance of an Articulate Community Forum's rock star--Ashley Chiasson. She walked us through the importance of creating an elearning portfolio and I followed up with the 'how-to' portion of the evening highlighting website building tools like this one (Weebly) and Wix.
For our final meeting of 2015, we deconstructed non-elearning inspiration. We discussed how each interaction could be recreated using Storyline. In my research to lead this session, I used David Anderson's curated elearning examples site. Since the group's Storyline experience ranges from still surfing the trial versions and watching tutorial videos to very experienced elearning experts, I broke up the examples into groups: easy, intermediate, and advanced.
Here are some of the sites we visited:
Our group was extremely impressed with the beloved scenario queen, Cathy Moore's, brilliant military scenario and we simply marveled at the beauty of the interaction since the file build is a little more basic with new slides linking to related answers to the questions. While the file build likely doesn't require advanced techniques, such as variables, this course is the perfect example of extremely hard work with subject matter experts to determine the various outcomes and required a decision map, which she shares on the blog post linked above.
Other great examples we viewed were Sudoku and Zombie College. We also talked through a fellow member's multiple question on one slide issue. All-in-all, we had a great meeting with a lot of great dialog. See you all in 2016!
Hi my name is Kimberly Valliere and I'm an experienced Leader, Instructional Designer, eLearning Developer, LMS Administrator; lover of technology, Articulate Storyline, pictures, and learning. (Certainly not an exhaustive list.)