Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Meeting to Remember: The First Artikulatorz Meeting

The first Artikulatorz meeting was this past Monday and it was a great time for those in attendance. We met new and old friends with a passion for designing great eLearning, discussed how certain elements of Storyline can be used to mimic game elements and we had Mr. eLearning himself, David Anderson join us via webchat to give us our official send off. Let's get into the juicy details, shall we?

Why was this meeting special?

This meeting was special because... wait for it... it literally was the first and last meeting of 2018! (drum roll). On a less dorky note, we had an awesome blend of consummate professionals in the room. Dr. Glenda Gunter and our gracious host Dr. Richard Hartshorne, experts with over 30+ years of Instructional Design and eLearning expertise were there. We also had several student and professional developers ranging in a wide set of multimedia eLearning skills and diverse industries.

Picture of attendees
From left to right: Melissa Cowan, Richard Hartshorne, Diane Lieu, Boyd Geary, Jessica Morris, Alex Salas, Tommi Barrett-Greenly and Marcelle Dougherty. 

Mr. eLearning

As part of our meetings, I secretly invited David Anderson, Director of Training at Articulate, all around eLearning design guru and also a LinkedIn Author of the best Storyline learning available to join us via webchat. Besides all that, I call David a friend, and he had some great advice regarding our user group and the "road ahead". It was great to have him and the Artikulatorz in attendance were thrilled to chat with him.

Tips n' Tricks

During our Tips n' Tricks, I shared a small Storyline game interaction called Space Slider which uses a slider control with all formatting properties at no fill and replaces the slider thumb with an image. You can get the free source file below.

Clickable picture for a Freebie

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is live on our EventBrite page, it takes place Tuesday January 15th, 2019. See you next year ;  )

Friday, December 7, 2018

How to Prepare for Artikulatorz user group meetings

group of people sitting at meeting with laptops

The first Artikulatorz group meeting will be underway this Monday, December 10th, 2018 and we are super excited. We that excitement, many questions arise about what the group does, how it benefits us and why it's such a special opportunity. Well, this post has you covered with the guidance to make your experience one of the best parts in your eLearning skills development with the Artikulatorz and Articulate software.

The User Group

Artikulatorz is made up of people from all walks of life with one common passion: Creating eLearning experiences with Articulate software. This means that all you need is passion, a disposition to learn and the software, you don't have to be an expert to play. The point is we all grow together, whether we have used the software one day or five years.

Getting There

We try as hard as we can to maintain the same location for each meeting. As of our first meeting, we are lucky to have the always awesome University of Central Florida (UCF) host us. UCF main campus is quite large and one can easily get lost there, but here are some tips for new visitors:

  • Parking is not free on UCF campus.
  • You would need to locate parking meters
  • Review UCF's parking policy 

The Experience

Our 2-hour monthly meetings are primarily about sharing design successes, failures, lessons, tips and tricks to improve our skills. However, Artikulatorz is also about networking with eLearning professionals, students and academia in general. The following is the typical structure for our meetings:

Greetings and Announcements

We take about a maximum of 30 minutes to greet new guests, speakers, catch up with existing members and share exciting news.

Tips and Tricks 

This is a 30-minute hands-on workshop by a designated speaker. The speaker can be any Artikulator, virtual or live invited guest too.

Show Me

In this 30-minute block, an Artikulator shows the group a project or interaction design and how it was built.

99 Problemz

This is a 20-minute open discussion where anyone can raise a problem they are having so the group can help solve it.

Hasta La Vista Baby!

We take the last 10 minutes to recap, reflect and set the Tips and Tricks topic for our next meeting.

BYOW - Bring Your Own WiFi

There's a possibility that WiFi may not be available, so bring your own. You don't need Internet access to participate though, just your laptop with the latest version of Articulate 360.

Come Charged Up

Please bring your laptop with 100% battery so it can last for the duration of the meeting without need to plug in. There are no outlets provided in the space we have due to safety precautions. 

That's It

OK, if you do all this, you are ready to attend and have a blast with us. See you at Artikulatorz!