As I mention in my eLearning page, I can’t often show off this kind of work. Sometimes it’s too sensitive. There’s a reason the vast majority of my eLearning is NDAed.
A little while into my eLearning experience, I took an instructional design class, to learn more theory and get a sample I’d always have permission to share.
How a Chance Encounter with a Tattoo Artist Inspired my eLearning Writing Sample
When looking for a topic for my big paper, I was enjoying lunch at a popular Mexican restaurant. I sat at the bar, where the waitress chatted with another patron, a tattoo artist.
She asked if his shop did laser removals. I could tell it wasn’t his favorite question. He explained that he specialized in covering up old tattoos for something new.
He cautioned her that not many tattoo artists can do a proper cover-up. That got my training and development ears perked up.
Since I’m good at research and interviewing, I was able to get enough background information to write a very thorough paper.
Instructional design can be very academic with learning theories, but also very conversational its final form, because it has to be engaging.
One thing I like about this sample is that it combines an academic approach, (this was for a graduate course after all), with everything I know about effective eLearning.
There’s a very different tone between the academic sections (which I’ve mercifully chunked out for you) and the storyboard.
Here a few things you have to remember about this eLearning writing sample.
- It was for class, so I’ve cited everything. I was also able to use images I wouldn’t ordinarily be able to use, since it’s school work. Responsible image sourcing is one of the many ways I protect my clients.
- While the tattoo artist who inspired the project and the one I interviewed are real, I had to make up a client for this assignment.
- This shows my other skills in marketing and writing. You can see me reference social media campaigns and contests as a way to promote the course for my pretend client.
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