A Day in the Life of an E-Learning Developer

Today I’m sitting on the patio of my ocean-view hotel room, sipping coffee from the Keurig machine, and in this part of my 3-part clause, I would have said something like “and capturing the occasional glimpse of lights flashing on the Santa Monica pier’s ferris wheel,” but for whatever inexplicable reason, it’s off for the first time since I got here.

This is not how I start most of my days. In fact, I have never started a day like this in my life. I’ve never been in Santa Monica before, and I’ve never even had an ocean front hotel room. But it’s the day I’m going to tell you about.

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Weekly Learnings & Doings – 5/2

These posts make me realize how quickly time goes by. This week started out really dreary and gray, but today is goooorgeous! We even bought some plants which is fun. Hopefully we can keep them alive too.

But – you’re here for links to things I’ve been reading! So on we go.

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Free E-Learning Storyboard Download

Hey look! A free thing! WOO! I created this storyboard with a few things in mind.

  • Complexity – People needed to be able to read it, but without getting directions wrong. I added a lot of room for details.
  • Articulate Storyline – I created this with Articulate Storyline in my head, but I’m sure it can be changed to fit other authoring tools.
  • Customizable – you may still need to add things like the client name, perhaps an overall project title, etc.

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MOOCs are ineffective at training


Are MOOCs ineffective at training? I think so.

Okay, well, if we’re going to be pedantic, I think some MOOCs are ineffective. I don’t think I can even say “most” because, well, I haven’t taken “most” MOOCs.

I should also clarify further: I’m discussing MOOCs that are professional skill topics, not the academic-for-fun courses.

But, the title pulled you in, right? Why? Do you agree with me? Did you come to argue? Are you wondering if all the time you just spent feeling guilty over not completing that one course was wasted because the course was probably ineffective anyways?

Well, let’s talk about it.

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Subreddits for learning

reddit for learning

The Learning Guild’s Twitter chat (#guildchat) on Friday was about social media & learning. I brought up reddit, and Nick responded with this:

So – I told him I’d make a blog post on learning on reddit & I’ve even included a huge list of subreddits.

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Social media communities for instructional design and ed tech


I love social media. Social media is not only a way to casually keep in touch with friends and family, but a way for me to grow professionally. I’ve made great connections (such as Mel Milloway, Ashley Chiasson, and Craig Wiggins) and learned so much through my network. Steve Wheeler’s post on social media last week got me even more energized about the topic, so I wanted to share my enthusiasm and share some awesome social media resources for instructional designers and ed techies!

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