This past week, I was working through some of the older Articulate challenges and came across #34: Instructional Design Learning Activities. The focus of this challenge was to create an interaction that introduces an instructional design principle, model, researcher, or theorist.
My sample submission, which was focused more on the researcher/theorist element, is an interactive that explores the accomplishments of Donald L. Kirkpatrick. Although Don died in May of this year (5/9/2014), I know he left a major imprint on the training field that will last for many years to come. I was lucky enough to have dinner one evening in Portland, Oregon, with Don and a few other ASTD members. It was not only a moment I will treasure for the rest of my days but one that was filled with wonderful conversation and Don’s humor. His son Jim and daughter-in-law Wendy Kirkpatrick continue to carry on what he started over 50 years ago! You can find their website here.
When I first started in the training field, my primary responsibility was as a classroom trainer at a local community college. While teaching Microsoft operating systems (server/client), network infrastructure, migration and security-related courses, I really wanted to make sure people understood the material. I also wanted my students to be able to use the information they learned in class when they returned to their day jobs. I guess that’s how I got into the world of instructional design. At the time, I wasn’t sure how people learned or how content played a major role in the overall process but I did know when the students “got it”. It was also during this time that I started learning more about how content was created and how to really evaluate how effective the content was. That brings me to the Kirkpatrick model and it’s four levels. By reading and understanding this model, I felt it not only improved my teaching skills but also made me more aware of post-training activities and the overall role that content development plays in the knowledge/skill transfer process. Well, enough about my background and history! Now, let’s turn our attention to the sample for this week’s challenge.
To create this sample, I used Adobe Photoshop and borrowed an image of Don from Jim and Wendy’s website. I originally had a photograph that was taken with Don and I during our dinner, but it was lost in a smartphone crash years ago! I also utilized a blurred background to further complement the photograph.
The rest of the content and animations were created in Storyline 1 (my “go-to” version until David reads this post and sends me a copy of Storyline 2!). The overall design consisted of a single slide. Layers were used for the About Me, My Creation and Learn More content.
This sample also utilizes an intro/outro animation effect that I hope you like.
As always, click either of the images to launch the demo.
Let me know what you think!