February 27, 2019
The eLearning Alchemist
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February 27, 2019
The eLearning Alchemist
I've been an eLearning designer and developer since 2005. In 2015 I started my own eLearning design company. I began to create Adobe Captivate video tutorials to help promote my business through my own YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/paulwilsonlearning. These videos were intended to attract potential clients looking for a skilled eLearning designer and developer. This strategy proved successful as I've worked with clients from all over the world, helping them build highly engaging eLearning solutions. My YouTube channel presented an additional benefit of attracting aspiring Captivate developers to seek me out as a teacher. I now offer both online and onsite training on Adobe Captivate, teaching the skills that users need to build engaging and interactive learning.
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I’ve started listening to The eLearning Alchemist, a Podcast from Clint Clarkson. You might know Clint from his series of comic strips called L&D Scenes: Comics for Learning Professionals. They are great snapshots into our lives as L&D professionals. He captures all the things L&D professionals roll our eyes at when they happen to us. He posts them to Linkedin and they are frequently shared within the eLearning community.

Anyway, the podcast, which I was unaware of until just a day or two ago, is really well done. It’s clear that he scripts them out, which is a good thing. I record my YouTube videos off the cuff and I suspect that it shows. In Clint’s case, he is essentially writing long-form blog posts but turning them into audio recordings. I like this approach because when I see an article that’s going to take more than a few minutes to read, I usually turn away (I guess that’s why I make YouTube videos).

In the summary of the first episode, he says “We spend too much time trying to create great learning experiences, instead of getting to behaviour change and performance results that actually drive business performance.”

This really spoke to me. I recall a fellow elearning developer who spent a week unsuccessfully trying to create a series of advanced actions to create four true-false questions on one slide because that’s what the client wanted. I blew the designer’s mind when I suggest create a standard multi-answer multiple choice question with the stem “Which of the following statements are true?” which achieves the same thing from a learning perspective.

Clint’s podcast also referenced some other podcasts that are worth mentioning as well. Here are a few others…

Our PodLearn Adventure

TLDCast

The Learning Hook Podcast

The eLearning Guys

eLearning Stuff

Please feel free to share this within your L&D team. I think most will enjoy this podcast, especially if they have a bit of a commute each day.

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2019-03-25 16:06:01
2019-03-25 16:06:01

TLDCast is not only a great podcast, but a fantastic community!  Highly recommend them!  Great list; thanks for sharing Paul.

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2019-02-28 17:11:47
2019-02-28 17:11:47

Thanks, Paul! I’m going to check these podcasts out.

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