Libre Office Writer Navigator tool


Libre Office has a powerful search and navigation tool which let’s you search for various items in your document, for example, photo, tables and headings.

This is particularly handy when you need to search and edit a multi-page document.

How to use 

I have created an introduction  video on the basics of what Navigator can do.

Click image to view
navigator promo


Part 3: Instructional Design For Good

creative commons, elearning, mooc, OER

It’s been a busy week for me work-wise so I’ve concentrated all my course work into the weekend. Which I’m glad I did because there’s a lot of content to take in. Hats off to the team who’ve created the course it has a nice flow to it.

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Module 1 : Identify with your learners

  “it’s been emotional”

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Vinny Jones Lock, Stock and 2 smoking barrels

Know your learners’

Module 1 started with a vital part of what an I.D. does. Know your learners. The module had some marvellously written learner persona’s  and one stood out from the crowd that had my empathy kicking into overdrive, got me all emotional and had me rooting for her to do well. (I do like a good story!)

(In my experience as a Trainer and Learning Mentor getting to know the people you’re developing training for is vital to understanding where they are and how to get them where they want to be. This is especially true for distance training as I found out when assessing the I.T. skill levels of a team of orthodontists.)

Once I’d read her story, I felt myself filling in the blanks of her learning and imagined ways helping her complete her studies.

Jamie-Ann (Assessment and Outcomes)

Jamie Ann is an eager learner. She doesn’t like a classroom setting, and struggles to tolerate teachers and groups. She enjoys reading. She lacks focus.

My recommendations
Jamie Ann, would benefit from a blended approach of e-learning and reading, a Learning Mentor/ Coach would offer support and provide encouragement to complete her studies.


Next up: Module 2
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Part 2:Instructional design for good

creative commons, elearning, instructional design, mooc


I don’t need no…(spot the film reference), actually I do need one after I’ve completed this course and a certificate of recognition from Designers for Learning.

But I’m not there yet there’s 7 modules to get through first.

The more I read about why this course is being run and its outcomes (basically 30 milllion U.S. adults don’t have high school credentials and only 2 million are supported) the more I want to complete it.

Plus it’s an Instructional Design itch I have to scratch!


In this case it goes on the the Designers for Learning Adult Learning Zone group on the OER commons platform

Background to why the course is being run

The course gives a good grounded explanation as to why there is a need for this course which is backed-up by facts using tables and infographics.

This helps me get a good feel of how the course should be pitched and the learner skill level.

Not alone

There’s a nice social feel to this course with encouragement to share thoughts and ideas via social media and through the canvas network. I might even try a web cam next time!

Coming soon

Part 3: Module 1 . Let’s get started

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Part 1:Instructional design for Adult Education

creative commons, elearning, instructional design, mooc

The Course:

I saw a post on Linked In asking for people interested in instructional design to work on a MOOC to develop a course in the basic adult education sector for Maths and English. Great! everybody wins. I get a real world I.D. experience, the Adult Educators get an OER course to CCRS (College and Career readiness standards)  and the learner gets a course for free.

My First impressions

  • The course is being run on the Canvas network which looks great and is very intuitive
  • The authoring tool Open Author looks great I can’t wait to use that! very exciting!!
  • It should take about 40 hours to complete and so is a nice side project to get my I.D. teeth into
  • It’s for a non-profit educator which suits my Open Source business ideals
  • It looks a fun project to do!!

adult learn zone

The Course project

The course is aimed at supporting adult learners who have not completed high school and is to CCRS standards and I can chose from the topics below (decisions,decisions!!)

English Language Arts and Literacy, including History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical subjects, and

It’s being created on Open Author with which you can create OER courses. I can’t wait to get started creating more courses with that. Ideas are bouncing around in my head already

  1. Intro to Libre office
  2. Gimp essentials
  3.  plus a few more quite possibly aimed at the Charity sector


Part 2 will continue my journey creating a course in the wonderful world of Instructional Design



De-escalation elearning sample

captivate, elearning, elearning samples, html5, instructional design, powerpoint


From PowerPoint to Captivate 8 (Yes it can be done!)

There are a few I.D’s in the e-learning community who frown upon Captivate 8’s ability to import Power Point effectively. I’m not one of those people. It just needs a bit of pre-thought and tweaking. I did this for a module I created in a hospital setting.

What I changed

My Power Point had an animated hand introducing the module title and hyper-links within images to continue the presentation and to answer questions. I decided to change the animation and re-build the buttons in Captivate a much easier way to do it.

It’s that simple (Click the image below to view the html 5 module)

escalation intro





Non-human characters in e-learning

elearning, elearning samples, gimp, instructional design, open source

The excellent Articulate e-learning community run a weekly challenge to improve skills and share best practice. This week’s was to get a non-human character to ‘talk’. These come in handy especially when I.D. can’t find  a character to suit or in my example below I wanted to reach to a younger audience .

The design

There was always going to be bespoke artwork (I prefer it in my e-learning) so I drew a computer chip, leaving room for googly eyes and a smile. A bit of photo-editing with GIMP ( A Free alternative to photoshop) and I was ready to author.

Captivate 8

Adobe’s authoring software made this bit a breeze, place the photos on the slide, get the timing and audio to match and Boom! it’s a breeze

Click image to launch the sample

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My html 5 video intro

adobe, captivate, elearning, elearning samples, html5, instructional design, video

The idea

If you’ve seen a movie or watched t.v. in the last twenty years you’ll be familiar with the production or channel video intro’s before the actual viewing.

The Creation/ Inspiration

I’ve been playing around with html5 animations recently to put in my e-learning courses. Then the idea came to me about creating my own intro video. The movie Trainspotting has a great intro sequence made to look like your stood in an underground tube station as a train whizzes by. THAT’s the look I was after

The Result

Once I was happy with the html5 animation I had to find some music to put to it the excellent http://www.freesfx site has a good selection of piano snippets to choose from but one stood out.

Check out my efforts below


8 bit art in elearning

elearning, elearning samples, instructional design

Stock vs Bespoke images

I’m a believer in using bespoke images where possible when I create an elearning course. I also believe stock images are over used they can also distract and disengage the learner. Pictures can say a thousand words but they can also be interesting and engaging.

Freebie alert

I know Christmas has some and gone but everyone likes a surprise and seeing as the elearning community both at Articulate and the Adobe forums have been so generous, it’s time I shared something.

8 bit icon promo

I’ve created an 8 bit technology icon set I’d like to share with you all.

Look out on this blog for a future full colour version or send me a request