As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. This post includes links on character images and other illustrations, AI image editing tools and tips, Twine, scenario examples and tools, and instructional design skills.
Character images and other illustrations
Image library that you can easily customize. These characters might work in some scenarios, but they don’t have facial expressions. Available in SVG and PNG.
Free illustrations. This isn’t a huge library, but you can download them as SVGs and customize the images. This source includes some images of people that you could potentially use for characters in a scenario with some customization.
Customizable 2D illustrations of people. These images are licensed CC0, so they’re free to use.
AI image editing tools and tips
Suggestions on how to use AI image editing tools plus links to resources and tools for each tip.
AI image editing tool for changing facial expressions
Tom Kuhlmann describes his experiences using AI tools to create images for elearning. Right now, I agree with Tom about the challenges in time spent and lack of consistency; that’s what I’m finding in my own experiments. Tom’s tips on how to get what you want are a good place to start though.
I just learned that the interactive film Bandersnatch on Netflix was written in Twine. While the basics of the tool can be learned quickly, it has the power to handle more complex stories than almost anything we create for L&D.
Udutu can package a zipped HTML file into a SCORM file. Jennifer Foster explains how to publish a Twine branching scenario into a SCORM file that works in an LMS.
Scenario examples and tools
Example scenarios using the Smartbuilder tool. Even if you don’t use this tool (I haven’t tried it myself), reviewing other scenarios can be helpful for inspiration.
An interesting tool designed for interactive questions and scenarios in live training or vILT environments, where learners respond via their devices. The founder says, “You can think of it as a collaborative choose your own adventure – or Twine meets Kahoot :-).” This would be worth reviewing if you had a specific use case in an organization, but the tool is too expensive for freelancers and consultants.
Instructional design skills
Connie Malamed explains the concept of talent stacking, or building competence in multiple skills that work well together. She provides some lists of competences for L&D roles as examples of the kinds of talent stacking that might work.