Whether she’s sailing the Seven Seas or touring the City of Lights, Stephanie Harnett keeps her compass centered on the Articulate community. In her four years in and around the forums, she’s proven herself not just an expert with Articulate Studio and Articulate Storyline, but an expert teacher as well, posting voluminous tips, threads, screencasts, and feedback for the Articulate community. In fact, she recently rounded up her expertise in her book Learning Articulate Storyline. With that, she can legitimately claim that she “wrote the book on that!”
A self-described “one-woman band,” Stephanie advises community members to take advantage of the incredible resources in the forums. “There are some fantastic elements available for free that I use all the time, from templates to graphics to production documents.” She counsels designers to look for creative ways to use elements and templates they’ve found, modified, or previously created, which saves critical design time while keeping their look fresh. This way, she smiles, “you’ll be as far away from standard bullet points as you can be.”
When it comes to innovative ways to engage learners, Stephanie’s work is truly inspirational. Check out this example from her own collection. It’s a forum thread that shows how to create really interesting drag-and-drop interactions for a photo gallery. Start with the demo here:
She walks you through the functionality in this screencast:
And then shows you how to set it up:
You can also download her Storyline project files to see her slides and how she configured them.
What’s Stephanie’s secret for success? She loves what she does. “Learning is my hobby, and it’s also what I do for a living,” she explains. And as a solo developer, Stephanie has the freedom to work from anywhere in the world—which is good, because she also loves to travel. Whether she’s at her home office or perched on a balcony in Paris, she’s mastered the art of seamlessly blending her work with her interests. “More than once I’ve found myself rounding a Greek island on a sailboat, hoping my upload will make it before we’re out of the internet zone,” she laughs.
Super Hero Fun Fact:
Stephanie’s screencasts are popular—really popular! Did you know her Screenr on how to build an iPhone-style graphic has had over 23,000 views? Check it out here:
Looking for Stephanie?
- Visit her website—built in Storyline—at www.stephanieharnett.ca
- Follow her on Twitter @slhice
- Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Look for her on E-Learning Heroes