Beyond the red pen

Instructional Design

At the moment, my day job is a 'project support officer'. What does this mean? When I find out, I'll tell you. Basically it's everything that's not engineering, integrated logistics support or management. I do 'stuff'.
Most of my career however has been under the umbrella of instructional design, see LinkedIn for a summary of what I've done.

I will sort out your information vortex of doom. it's fun!

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Examples of instructional design

Freelance Capability

My Instructional Design capabilities include:

  • Conducting Training Needs Analyses
  • Applying Plain Language principles to new or existing documents
  • Writing Training and User Support Plans
  • Developing templates and writing eLearning storyboards
  • Reviewing existing eLearning and writing recommendations for how to improve learning effectiveness
  • Rapid eLearning development using Articulate (including setting up template(s))
  • Capturing and editing simulations in Adobe Captivate
  • Writing web content and eLearning for accessibility compliance
  • Editing Lectora files and creating basic Lectora eLearning courses
  • Creating learning plans for virtual classroom sessions

My publications

I wrote an article about why eLearning fails, for the Australian Institute of Training and Development’s October 2012 edition. “Thirsty learners - Why is your eLearning training failing?"


I contributed three tips in the eLearning Guild's 2014 '84 Tips on New Instructional Design for New Instructional Technology'


Co-authored a report as presented at SimTecT called: Serious Games And Training Effectiveness: The Importance Of Pedagogy, 2013. It's about best practice pedagogical framework that stresses the importance of the key pedagogical elements of engagement and authenticity, motivation, practice and reflection, and scaffolding, in ensuring training effectiveness.

My qualifications

I list the full blah blah of instructional design quals on LinkedIn.


I'm most stoked about the Gamification course I did in January-April 2014. It really opened my eyes into the possibilities of funking up adult learning and user support by tapping into the secret weapon of intrinsic motivation.


It also has provided an insight into the app I worked on in 2014 and 2015 with my business partner of Flame Learning.

My clients

As a freelance instructional designer I have worked with the following clients:

  • A Pass Educational Group; converted existing text book chapters into Word storyboards for developers to put into online (Articulate) courses
  • Magical Learning; Taking existing PowerPoint courses and putting them into storyboards. Also taking PowerPoint courses and F2F training notes and converting them into Articulate eLearning courses.
  • The not-for-profit foundation e-Learning for kids. I storyboarded some lessons, as later developed by the team.