10 Things You Should Know About Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline 2 is “the most powerful, most intuitive software for creating interactive courses”.

As well as “putting practical tips, inspirational examples, free downloads and expert advice right at your fingertips”, the Articulate E-Learning Heroes community (“the world’s #1 e-Learning community”) posts weekly challenges which are ongoing opportunities for creatives to learn, share and build e-Learning portfolios.

Challenge #28 – Top 10 Things Learners Need to Know About Storyline was an opportunity for community members to put together a “Top 10 list of getting started tutorials” for any area of Storyline development.

My interactive entry for this challenge was a curated list of links to resources in the Articulate e-Learning Heroes knowledgebase, using a desktop theme, complete with tab navigation and light-boxed instructions. You can read about my design process here.

Freelancing

This is a story about my journey to becoming a full-time freelance instructional designer.

I’ve known for a long time that I need to work somewhere where I’m empowered to “make a difference” and where my efforts are appreciated.

I’ve had lots of managers – some good, some who should probably not be managers.  I’m an enthusiastic worker who needs to know what is expected of me and just likes to get on with things.

I’ve followed a career strategy that includes setting clear goals to move ahead and this has taken me on an interesting journey.

I enrolled in the B Online Learning MEC (Master e-Learning Course) with an open mind about where this qualification may take me.  This was the start of my journey to freelance freedom!

I completed the MEC course in August 2013.  I became a member of the Articulate e-Learning Heroes community and actively contributed to their weekly challenges.

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I spent a huge amount of time learning from others in this field and improving my skills in instructional design.  I networked like crazy and learnt everything I could about the e-Learning industry.

I still had an open mind about where I wanted to end up, but being a creative person, I knew I wanted to design online instruction in some way, shape or form.

The decision to move into full-time freelancing was in some ways easy, but in other ways not so easy – but nothing is achieved in life without taking a risk.

I am still and always will be an enthusiastic worker who likes to “make a difference”, but I now work for myself and have the best boss ever!  I use Articulate Storyline every day and there seems to be a huge demand for enthusiastic e-Learning instructional designers.

I get to work with some amazing clients who appreciate my efforts and respect my expertise.  I’m still learning new things every day and in this age of rapidly advancing technology I have no doubt this will continue to be the case.

If you are considering a freelancing career, I would highly recommend it.

e-Learning course development

I’m currently completing the Master eLearning Course run by B Online Learning.  This course is nationally recognised and covers competencies from the Diploma of Design and Development (TAE50211).

I would highly recommend this course to training program developers, learning and development professionals, training coordinators, instructional designers, workplace trainers or teachers who want to learn the best practice in e-Learning, or managers who need a thorough understanding of implementing e-Learning in their organisation.

Ruth McElhone, the e-Learning manager at B Online Learning has recently received a platinum award from Learnx for Best Online Facilitator – congratulations Ruth!  Ruth has been an amazing online learning facilitator and thanks to her support over the last few months I have learnt how to design, develop and deliver e-Learning courses and have produced a fully-functional e-Learning course ready for delivery in the workplace.

You can see Ruth in action in this webinar “Create engaging e-Learning” which looks at rapid e-Learning strategies and practical tips about how to develop interactive e-Learning courses.

My course was created using one of the most popular rapid e-Learning authoring tools, Articulate Storyline, but if you do this course, you can use other software options, including Camtasia and Adobe Captivate.

So, here is my course.  A vital step in creating and deploying an e-Learning course is to have the course evaluated.  I would love to receive some feedback on this course.  Click on the image to launch the course and let me know what you think!!

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