Then, what you don’t know that you will know later, is that those stories, and those characters will connect to your audience more than anything else.
When you think about comics, more than likely some of the first things that come to mind are superheroes like Spiderman or Batman in full-color comic books you might find in bookstores or comic book shops. Or maybe you think about “funny pages”, the once popular color inserts in Sunday newspapers with comic “strips” like Peanuts and Garfield.
Well, comics have evolved in many ways. From graphic novels with adult themes to what this TLDCast is about: Instructional Comics. And our guest for this episode is one of the globe’s leading instructional designers producing instructional comics, Kevin Thorn.
Check out this TLDCast and listen to host Kristen Hayden Safdie as she talks to Kevin about one of his most current instructional comic projects. They talk about the project dynamics, how Kevin produced it, what he ended up with, and how it was received.
You’ll also get some great conversation on the evolution of how he started producing instructional comics and why.
You wouldn’t call Dr Robin Sargent one of the most traditional Instructional Designers out there — her journey to ID certainly is not!
Starting with a BA and MA in Biblical Studies and Theology, to waiting tables, to being a University Librarian, Robin has taken an unconventional route to corporate training. If not for a chance conversation with the university Dean at a nearby copy machine, she wouldn’t be where she is today. That conversation? “Do you know anybody with a Master’s Degree that wants to be an academic advisor?” After offering herself for the position, she moved up to Assistant Dean, and eventually became in charge of the institution’s new online program. And after handling all of the technology and course development for this program, she concurrently completed her MBA, and shortly thereafter, left to seek her fortune in the corporate space.
Learn more about Dr Robin Sargent by viewing this broadcast. You can also find her website at www.IDOLCourses.com.
It’s been said that teaching is really about inspiration, not information. And that an effective educator’s goal is to find a hook in their students’ hearts and minds so they feel a need to learn the material.
And this Community Discussion was focused on something ancillary to that — what inspires trainers to do what they do? And besides the paycheck, what keeps you focused on building your eLearning and Training projects?
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” said poet William Butler Yeats, and our discussion was built around the idea of creating those fires, and what keeps you lighting them.
Here’s an email from Member Christiana Houck:
“I find inspiration in talking to and viewing the work of others. This could come in the form of a YouTube video, a book, a podcast, blog post, or actual conversation. For example, I was inspired to develop user stories and job processes for the current mobile app that our Technicians use, ahead of a change to a different mobile app that they will move to in 2020. The inspiration came from Cara and Roberta’s recent TLDCast.” — Christiana Houck
So this TLDCast Community featured guest Jonathan Hill and host Luis Malbas as they discussed their own sources of inspiration, and moderated the live audience’s input as well. Take a listen to this episode and you’ll learn more about Jonathan’s sources for inspiration, especially to how it relates to a Storyline project he is currently completing and has written about on Linkedin HERE.
“We have a two day instructor led training course we’d like you to convert into a one hour elearning course”. That’s how this project between Andrew Hughes of Designing Digitally and Leslie Lloyd of Federal Student Aid started. And as they proceeded to explore what was sounded like an impossible request, they were able to set these core parameters: It needs to work in our learning management system, it needs to be 508 compliant, and it also needs to work both on the computer and on the mobile platform, so that people can access this wherever they need to.
Jon Brouchoud has a history with mixed realities. With influences like Everquest, Second Life, and being one of the original Kickstarter backers of the Oculus, Jon has long been interested in the power of communities in simulations, as well as virtual reality as an educational tool.
So it’s not unexpected that he would build a tool like Acadicus. Acadicus is a VR simulation application that allows users to insert a variety of objects into the interface and use them for training. Currently, Acadicus is mostly used by medical professionals, but the ability to record the simulation makes it usable by other industries as well.
Watch this TLDCast and learn more about why Jon built Acadicus, how it can be used for training, and how he sees the application growing. You’ll also hear answers to some excellent questions posed by the live audience.