Abby Goes to the OBGYN

I think this e-learning course is absolutely amazing.  It took me a second to get the hang of moving the character around however it did put the learner in control of the experience.  Not sure about the music though.


Show and Tell: Gamified eLearning in Articulate Storyline 3


A former colleague sent me an email about a new product called Sutori.  This is a storytelling tool and looks like it has potential.  I am always cautious regarding these new startups however I have this on my list to try.  I can see it being used in a number of different applications.  I love the look and the way you can create small snippets of information that can contribute to a whole.  It can also be used for a timeline or for story collaboration.  I just love it.  This tool also integrates with Google Classroom so it would be useful in the K-12 classroom.  I have to remember this tool for my Instructional Design Capstone students.

Here is an example … and their blog showcases well what the product can do.

Finding What You Are Not Looking For

How come when you go shopping for something, you find the perfect something else that was never on your list.  I’m looking for inspiration for an set of Storyline modules I am creating for a Graduate Online Orientation.  I’m all into scenarios.  So, I came across this blog post, from awhile ago …  I love what ThinkingKap Learning has done with this tutorial however, that impressed me the most was the design of their website,

ThinkingKap Website


I’m Addicted

There are some people who I am absolutely addicted to online and one of those is Mike Taylor … twitterweb.  Since our focus at the university has been online course creation, it has been a challenge for me to keep my creative and my production self alive and functioning.  The only way I am finding to do this is though a network of people who have the time and he is at the top of my list.  Every moment I can steal way, I am reading what he puts out there.

He mentioned this resource for finding free images that I now use all the time.

He also has this listing of resources that are my “go-to”.

Short Video Snippets

Video Marketing


Lately, I have been very interested in the use of, and the creation of short instructional video clips, sometimes called “expainer video”.  Here is a link to 17 Fabulous Explainer Videos .  I have been following Ashley Kennedy on Linked In, who is Senior Staff Author: Video Post Production,, who posts tips and tricks on how to create these videos, with a focus on how to create this type of video.  I can see them being great instructional tools along with marketing.

Today I came across this video advertisement by Danny Gregory for a course I was interested in taking personally.  I was interested in the course to begin with however I became more interested as I listened to the video.  This video is way too long for an explainer video sample, however I did find it to be another example of video marketing.

I’m hoping to be able to explore and create these, along with animated videos this year!

Rise Up with RISE

Screenshot of RISE

Articulate 360 now has a web-based tool called RISE that I have been exploring when I have a few extra minutes.  I am crazy about this tool because it is simple, easy to use and the product looks great on mobile devices.  It is called RISE and although it does not have all the interactions that Storyline has, the result is still effective.

Here is an example that another designer, Valorie Engholm, put together that shows all the features.

The only issue I have found is when entering text, the formatting can get a little funky.  When that happens I just copy the text into Notepad and then recopy it back in.

Come Out and Play

Day of Play Poster

In conjunction with the Petersheim Celebration at Seton Hall, our department hosted a “Day of Play”, a Maker Movement type of event, on Thursday, April 21, 2016.  While student and faculty attendance could have been stronger, the instructional designers enjoyed the day.

Projects included:

Creating a Motor ….


Forming flowers out of Fruit Roll Ups…


Creating a Robot Pin that lit using LED lights



And finally, a project in wearable electronics.  I made a bracelet using conductive thread and small LED lights.

wearable electronics


While the Maker Movement has not caught on at Seton Hall to this date, such experiences provides participants with the opportunity to move from passive consumers/users to active creators.  I also believes it provides a forum for techies and non-techies to come together while also encouraging creativity, experimentation and innovation.  Plus, it is FUN!

I Flipped!

Today I attended an in-house event, The Flipped Classroom”, sponsored by  the Center for Faculty Development.  The speaker, Kelly Goedert, was a Professor of Psychology, here at Seton Hall.  We have presented this topic many times in the TLTC however I enjoy hearing how other faculty have flipped their classroom since my capstone course uses this same approach.

Kelly presents an online lecture using Echo 360, which we have on campus, and provides an online pre-quiz for students which is 20% of the final grade.  Before class, she then looks at an item analysis of the questions to see what she needs to cover/review in addition to application activities.  The Echo 360 lectures are on content that is never going to change such as classic theory.

Each semester the students in my capstone course struggle with learning theory as it applies to their own project.  It has occurred to me that perhaps they don’t have a firm grasp of the material.  This material is available to them before the class, online, in various formats (i.e. lecture, PowerPoints, classic scholarly articles, youtube videos, critiques, online resources).  I’m wondering if I gave them a “test your knowledge” quiz on the material this might help in summarizing and differentiating the different strategies, techniques and theories presented.  I did this with the topics of Accessibility and Creating an Effective Presentation with surprising results.

Challenges for her with the flipped model included:

  • More work for both good students and the instructor
  • Constructing in-class activities to match the online lecture
  • Students completing the out of class work
  • Attendance issues
  • Students needed an incentive to complete the out-of-class coursework