As a freelancer, I’m responsible for my own professional development. Although to be honest, I’ve never worked as an employee anywhere that supplied budget or time for it, so it’s always been on me. When I read that Anna Sabramowicz and Ryan Martin, creators of the legendary “Broken Co-Worker” elearning piece, were offering a class in interactive, story-based online learning, I immediately signed up. I’d already been creating scenario-based elearning, but I felt it was still lacking something, although I couldn’t put my finger on quite what it was. Enter Anna and Ryan’s Elearning Secrets. Let me tell you, it was EXACTLY what I needed.

From the very first interaction with Anna, I knew I was in the right place. Her years of experience, curated and condensed into this course, hit on everything I felt was missing from my work. I learned more effective techniques for interviewing subject matter experts, including what questions to ask to get the information needed to create elearning that has real impact. Even more significantly,  she taught the skills to create compelling learning products that really get learners involved and achieve results. Best of all, Anna and Ryan provide a reusable framework so I can get consistent results on every project. I’m currently working on a big project about diversity, inclusion, and equity using the Elearning Secrets framework. I’ll share some of the process in future posts.

I’ve taken other classes and workshops to develop my skills over the years. Some were more helpful than others. I can honestly say that Elearning Secrets is the best course I’ve invested in, hands down. I really feel like I got my money’s worth, and then some, which hasn’t always been the case.

Next week I’ll talk about another professional development class I took that was invaluable in creating my portfolio website.


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