Inspiration: Tom Washam

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Tom Washam is an Instructional Designer based in Chicago, Illinois. He has developed over a 100 training courses, has 10 years of ID experience and has worked with many well-known companies and organizations such as MGM Grand, Kaplan, 7 Eleven and iHeart Media.

In his portfolio, he has examples of working with different software and programs such as Adobe After Effects, CornerStone OnDemand LMS, Articulate Storyline, Angel/Blackboard LMS, and Camtasia.

One of his examples he showcases is using Articulate Storyline Quiz Maker to create interactive tests. He developed these tests to provide a real world user experience or “scenario” for the participant. In the quiz layout for the New Hire Technology Boot Camp, he created sections with several scenarios in each where the participant follows the prompt and clicks on the answer.

As a designer, you may be challenged to think “outside of the box” in working with a client to provide assessment options than what your LMS provides. By creating and incorporating elements such as interactive quizzes in Storyline, you’re able to customize it based on needs, provide specific feedback, and make it more engaging for the participants. Assessments created using this tool have the option of 20 different types of questions, free-form type questions such as incorporating a graphic or any object on the slide, be able to score a participant’s progress at different points in the assessment so the person can see how they’re doing, and to have audio recordings on the question slides to accommodate various learning types.

Tom Washam Portfolio: http://tomwasham.com/

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