How to note and record an Action Mapping session

Action Map with goal top right

Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping is a great way of capturing the performance needs at the start of any kind of training project. On paper it looks like a neat, colourful mind-map, but should you strive to keep it that visual as you go through it in the messy real world? Here’s one example from my … Read more

Five great articles to power up your elearning scenarios

In the immortal words of Ian Dury, ‘There ain’t half been some clever bastards’. Here I’ve picked five excellent articles I’ve found recently; each  takes one of the ‘pain points’ of elearning scenarios and offers practical and instantly usable suggestions. 1. How long should we let learners go down the wrong path? Yes you want … Read more

Great resources for elearning scenarios

Flowchart for decision in bank call centre scenario.

I’ve written so much on elearning scenarios in this site it’s time I pulled all the resources together for easy reference. I’ll add some of the best places to look outside of the site too. Designing Predicaments – a job aid for scenarios, and a mini-course Predicaments is a job aid you can get from … Read more

Elearning vs classroom

Title image for Will Thalheimer's research

It’s an old chestnut. Elearning vs the classroom. What’s more effective for learning – a tutor in front of a flipchart or various computer-mediated ways. Some recent research has come with up answers – not stunningly new but confirming best practice and best advice that’s decades old. Way back in the late 1980s, before you … Read more

How to do text concatenation in Storyline Javascript

Storyline Javascript for concatenation

Last week I posted a way to create an inventory list in Storyline 2. I’ll be the first to admit it was a bit convoluted. After I published it on the Articulate Heroes forum, a couple of people came forward asking why I didn’t use Javascript instead. As I said in the original article, I … Read more

How to create a self-adjusting inventory list in Storyline 2

Update 7 Aug 2017 This method works but doing it with Javascript is a much simpler, more elegant solution. Phil Mayor posted an example  which is well worth a look. The downside is it doesn’t work in preview mode, only when published. The upside is it’s way more concise than what I’ve done here. My … Read more

Elearning scenario examples: Clark Quinn’s Workplace of the Future

I read the blogs of quite a few instructional design gurus. Actually I tend to binge-read them, then go off the whole idea for a while until my interest revives. But that’s another story.  One of my favourites is Clark Quinn, for the sharpness of his analytic mind but openness to new ideas. The project In … Read more

Elearning scenario examples: Learning Zeko and Autoloon Ethics

Example screen from Learning Zeko featuring a situation and three choices.

These are two elearning scenario examples created by Cathy Moore as demonstrations of how scenarios can be effective, even without high graphics and video budgets. Both are simple text-based scenarios with one background image. The effectiveness relies in the story hooking you in. So they’re not live client work, they’re demonstrations of principle. Learning Zeko … Read more

Add a certificate to a Storyline course that works in Articulate Online

Screenshot of certificate.

Recently I had the task of adding a printable certificate to a test my client had built in Storyline 2. The course would be deployed on Articulate Online. I had to put it together from various sets of instructions I found online for the different stages. This is how I did it. I hope it’s … Read more

Elearning scenario examples: Will You Fit Into Deloitte?

Screen from elearning scenario example by Deloitte

This elearning scenario example is a first-person video-based one. Like Choose a Different Ending it pretends to be amateur but is very artfully produced. It’s a ‘gamified interactive recruitment experience’, aiming to demonstrate the corporate culture of Deloitte to potential graduate recruits. So it’s aimed at the potential employees rather than employees with a training … Read more