website search and social links


Logo and home button

DesignX Conference March 2014

Sketchnote of KeynoteLast week, KerryJ, Nat Denmeade and I packed up and spent a few days in Sydney and went to the iDesignX conference.

It was a good general conference about broad issues in Instructional Design. For me, the absolute high point was meeting Tom Kuhlmann and David Anderson from Articulate.

Here are some of the high points with a massive thank you to KerryJ for her sketch-noting – they went down a treat with lots of re-tweets!

Keynote – Tom Kuhlmann

Tom Kuhlmann is the host of The Rapid E-Learning Blog. He blogs regularly about how to build engaging e-learning courses, with information about course design, graphics and instructional design.

In his keynote, Tom Kuhlmann made some key points:
– The role of Instructional Designer is changing in a social learning context
– For the last 20 years we have been talking about ‘better e-learning’, so where are we now?
– You can still succeed wearing different hats (instructional designer, graphic designer, media developer).

We know that technology changes, but what about the people? He compared a blackboard, a whiteboard a tablet and a phone… all you need is a finger to operate them all!

He reminded us of the differences between:
1) Information based courses
2) performance based course

So what works for one group of users, may not work for another.

His hints are to:
First step: Reframe content so it’s meaningful and relevant
Second step: Give them something to think about and make decisions
Third step: Think about where they will apply it

Many of the points Tom raised resonated with me, I think we have caught up with the technology to a certain extent. I am starting to see people exploring good practice, not exploring how the tools will work with learning and development. This makes it an exciting time to be working in this area.

Video in assessment – David Anderson

David Anderson is a learning designer and Community Manager at Articulate. He did a brilliant (short and succinct) presentation about integrating video into assessments in Articulate Storyline.

Generally, people will use video in their multiple choice. For example, watch the video and answer the question (multiple choice in the text). David gave some great examples alternative approaches including:
– providing video feedback from quizzes
– using text to ask the question then provide video for the multiple choice question and responses.

He also showed strategies to:
– Set questions to appear after the video is complete (using the timeline)
– Adding submit buttons on the screen, not the player
– Staggering entrance effects on a grouped object

Sketchnote from WrapupWrap up – Tom Kuhlmann

To end the event, Tom Kuhlmann did a wrap up (is that a post-note?). He showed his passion and told us why he thinks its a nice time to be in learning and development (I agree with this sentiment).

Hi advice:
– Learn and do
– Keep learning, practice and apply
– Try the Articulate weekly challenges
– What makes you a pro? Authority, experience, skills, luck
– Practice your craft
– Experiment! Don’t build the same course 100 times

He finished by emphasising the importance of connecting with others is to share what you know without the expectation of getting anything back. If you are the person doing e-learning in your organisation, chances are you are the only one. So get into a community, it is a shared experience.

If you are using Articulate Storyline and would like to become part of our community, our Articulate Storyline users group, please send us an email at

Reader Interactions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Klevar eBook download

Deliver innovative digital learning projects using an evidence based approach. Download our eBook to show you how.