Brian Dusablon will be presenting his session, Design for All: Creating Accessible Learning Experiences, on Tuesday, January 31st, at 8:00am in Room 1A.
Brian Dusablon will have two sessions at the ATD TechKnowledge Conference in Las Vegas in 2017.
DISRUPT2 – Collaborative Design Studio
Wed, Jan 11 | 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM | Forum 22-23
Design Studio is a methodology popularized by Lean UX, in which long, detailed design cycles are eschewed in favor of short, iterative, low-fidelity cycles, with feedback coming from all members of the implementation team early and often. Get hands-on practice using this collaborative design method that engages your stakeholders to create the best possible solution for meeting the outcomes you’ve defined.
FR200 – Accessibility: Designing Learning Experiences for All
Fri, Jan 13 | 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM | Forum 14-16
Accessibility is about more than compliance. It is about making sure everyone can access what you design and have an equal opportunity to learn from it. In the real world, this can seem like a daunting task, and you are up for the challenge. Learn how to design for everyone. In this session, the speaker will present real-world scenarios and tell real stories about accessibility and how design can benefit everyone. Learn how to start the conversation with stakeholders, create accessibility standards in your organization, and teach others about designing universal solutions.
Application on the Job:
- Create more accessible e-learning and performance support content.
- Interview users more effectively.
- Create standards for accessibility within your organization.
It has been a while since we’ve written anything about the recent work we’ve performed, so we’re wrapping up 2016 with a quick update. We hope all our clients, friends, and family have a wonderful holiday season and head into the new year with hope and ambition.
We have had quite a year working on refining our business model, building partnerships, and strengthening our abilities so we can better serve our clients.
Part of our mission at Learning Ninjas is to give back. We donate 10% of our profits to charities. Each ninja has an option to select one or more charities for us to support. This year, we’re proud to be helping out the following organizations:
- L3 Foundation
- Toys for Tots
- Rotary Foundation
- Wounded Warrior
- 1% for the Planet
- Moyer Foundation
- North Shore Animal League
- Fender Music Charity
- The Water Project
Another goal of ours is to give back to the community with resources like the free webinar we’re hosting next week: Getting Started with xAPI Statements.
Last, but not least, we love creating jobs and freedom for people, and this year we’ve worked with a mix of new and long-time colleagues on some interesting projects with measurable impact. Collaborative work is rewarding!
What we’re working on
We’ve continued to Co-develop on eight new courses with one of our clients, helping them learn best practices, instructional design standards, and iterative design processes as we go.
We’ve been helping the Public Health Informatics Academy refine the user experience of their learning platform and creating a pilot plan for rolling out Immunization Information Systems (IIS) training to state health departments.
We’ve worked with another client on a Learning Management System (LMS) selection project, and are currently supporting implementation of the RISC VTA platform.
Brian facilitated a discovery workshop and requirements gathering project for the Children Without Worms program to determine requirements for a performance support platform to organize and deliver research and toolkits.
We continue to support the rollout of a learning platform (OnPoint) for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) through our work with TEPHINET.
Sean has spent the last couple of years writing a book with Janet Laane Effron called “Investigating Performance”. 2016 saw the book project come to fruition and the book is in the final stages of editing with a release date early in 2017. Sign up here to be notified when it’s available.
Where we’ve been presenting
Sean presented at all of the 2016 xAPI Camps and at Torrance Learning for the xAPI Parties and Download Conference. He also presented at a corporate conference on the process of collecting and using data.
Brian delivered a keynote, “Design for All: Accessible Learning Experiences”, at the BLR Learning Conference in November.
Brian and Sean both presented at DevLearn:
- Getting Started with xAPI Statements
- Panel: Designing Accessible Learning Experiences
- eLearning Dirty Secrets: Our Worst Examples
- Investigating Performance: Using Your Data Effectively
Brian also won an award as a finalist in the DevLearn Hyperdrive event.
It was a great year for us presenting and talking with people at various conferences throughout the year. We are looking forward to presenting at and participating in more events in 2017.
What we learned this week
In case you missed it, Sean is delivering a free webinar, “Getting Started with xAPI Statements”, next Wednesday. Following that will be two add-on authoring tool sessions on Thursday covering xAPI basics for Captivate and Articulate Storyline.
The Focus Summit is an excellent free series of video interviews on focus in your business and life.
Our friends Connie Malamed and Megan Torrance talked about “Applying Agile Principles To eLearning Projects.”
Mark Britz writes about the Tale of Two Socials.
Be well and be kind, everyone. See you next year!
What we’re working on
Brian led the judging at the E-Learning Showcase at the 2016 ATD Houston Tech Conference. The project benefited the Houston Food Bank by producing compliance training courses.
Brian and Sean presented at the Torrance Learning xAPI Party in Chelsea, Michigan, and again at the Torrance Learning Download the following day. We enjoyed the events and the quality discussions around xAPI and how we can implement it.
Sean presented on the basics of xAPI statements and the state of xAPI in the rapid development tools. Brian spoke about our experience creating LearnxAPI.com and gathered great feedback for future additions to the site. At the Download, Sean and Brian presented some of the good, bad, and ugly things we have seen in course reviews. Attendees joined in an energizing discussion and shared some of their own examples.
Thanks to Megan and the rest of the Torrance Learning crew for hosting these events – an excellent opportunity for networking and building the community.
- Anatomy of a Statement (Sean Putman)
- The Learn xAPI Project: That’s So Meta (Brian Dusablon)
- State of the Authoring Tools (Sean Putman)
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: What We’ve Seen in Our Reviews (+ Adobe Connect Recording)
Co-development work with one of our clients continues, including storyboards, interaction prototypes, and visual design concepts. We will soon begin preparing them for developing the courses in Captivate. This has been an exciting opportunity to teach and coach as they grow their internal learning and development team.
Last weekend was our first company retreat. Sean and Brian met in a secret location with a large supply of sticky notes and sharpies to brainstorm, plan, and create value for our clients. Stay tuned for more about what we learned!
What we found interesting this week
Moqups Update – Improved collaboration, markup, and commenting. Excellent!
Accessible Typography – “It’s hard to justify cutting corners in an effort to get stuff done faster at the risk of reducing access for some people.” (Also: Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day)
Connecting the Digital Dots – Becca Wilson writes about her experience creating learning experience for digital product management teams.
Innovator Interview – Art Werkenthin from RISC is interviewed about CMI-5, LMS’s, and and a look to the future.
What we’re working on
Brian was a guest blogger on the RISC Learning Corner blog this week. He wrote about accessibility in elearning.
Sean and Brian were fortunate to collaborate with Connie Malamed on a design document for an elearning course were co-developing with our client. For this project, we’ll be designing the course screens and structure. Then, we’ll work with our client in a paired-programming style development workflow to teach them best practices for screen design and development in Captivate.
Sean is writing a book with Janet Laane Effron called “Investigating Performance”. The book looks into the use of xAPI data and analytics by L&D professionals. Get more information and sign up to be notified when the first mini-book is released.
Brian will be leading the judging of an elearning contest benefiting the Houston Food Bank at the ATD Houston Tech Conference later this month.