And So It Begins

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When I decided to become an engineer, I though that meant that I was destined for a life of graphing paper, dust and grime, steel and AutoCAD.  I never thought I’d want to showcase my designs on a public blog.  Nevermind that I decided I’d be an engineer in eighth grade, and I’m pretty sure blogs hadn’t been invented yet.  I thought I had no particular creative talent, aside from a little creative writing.

But life is funny, and now instructional design is a hugepart of my job — a job I never imagined myself in, and is incredible perfect for me.  So, thanks, life.  Every day I get to learn new things in a craft that melds the techical dust-and-steel side of me with my creative ink-and-paper side.  With a dose of the extremetly analytical drive-my-husband-crazy-with-detail side thrown in for fun.

So this is my journey.  I’ll have to catch you up; I’m about a year in.  In February of 2014, I was co-Inside Sales Manager (also a title I never dreamed I’d have when I was 14), and wasn’t aware that Instructional Design was a thing.  But then, a VP and mentor, and soon-to-become-boss, approached me with the idea of becoming the Director of Employee Development and Continuous Improvement.  It was a new position.  I’d be taking the employee development tasks that she started out of nothing at our company and making it a full-time job.  I had a lot to learn.

So, I started noodling around with Articulate Storyline.  I started reading Cathy Moore, the Brilliant Blog, and the The Rapid eLearning Blog.  I published a few quizzes and tweaked existing basic courses.  I signed up for classes with Cathy Moore and Tom Kuhlmann,  I attempted to create eCourses using some of the new ideas I’d learned.

Now it’s time to step up my game.

I’m starting this blog not just to showcase my skills, but also to push myself out of my comfort zone.  Put myself out there.  Generate something new and challenging every week.  Test my skills.  I’ll post the results of so new things I’m trying at work, my submissions for the Articulate Weekly Challenge, my ideas, my challenges, and my lessons learned.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for the inspiration to keep on trucking on this surprising journey.

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3 thoughts on “And So It Begins

  1. I worked a lot in PowerPoint and found it useful in many ways, especially, in my field of study, which is Information Science. I have done numerous team presentations and several speeches using PPT and PPTX. There is some free open source graphics software that I have used before at http://www.gimp.org/. Fortunately, I have and use Adobe products from CS3 to CS5.5, but an important thing to know about images are they have to scale from large LED and LCD displays down to mobile devices. In other words, responsive design is the only way to go. WordPress does it automatically. Another thought, Creative Commons has access to many free images, too.

    I am very proud of you, too, and if you ever need help from my end, please contact me. I have access to multiple design resources and am a WP expert.

    See ya soon.

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