I had multiple companies call me today related to a project that they have for instructional design work. Due to confidentiality, I will not be disclosing any information except for the fact that one is in higher education. I believe the role is similar the one I’ve done for another online university where I build out course descriptions, outlines, and compiling raw content to be eLearning ready during launch. We’ll see how this one goes.
Another vendor that I’ve worked for was asking for a last minute project to be done. Very interesting how the projects (and potential projects) come in waves. I’m used to it.
Today was spent on adding some introduction and navigation instructions for a training manual that is almost wrapped up. The entire document is almost done and now needs some additional I out from SMEs. Getting hold of SMEs is probably the tricky part. You need to work off of their availability.
I also had a prospective client/contract opportunity call me from Seattle. This company asked me some questions that I was actually stumped on. One of the questions were what kinds of games I play. I told them I don’t really play games. However, I told them I day trade for fun, which, to me is like a game with monetary rewards. However, I don’t see how that answer would’ve helped me in putting myself ahead of other IDs. We’ll see.
There was a project that had 10 modules for an environmental course. The client sent over detailed edits and revisions to the course. That was completed recently. However, the client had additional edits and text changes after further review. I asked the client if I should fully QA the module before sending it. They said they would do that. The QA process takes a significant chunk of time to do.
One of the edits that was requested was that the notes section had different font sizes (see below). I’ve try to search in the Articulate Studio forums and it seems like other people are having the same issue. The forums suggested that the recent update would solve it. However, it did not do it for me. I had to inform the client that there was no fix to this.
This week will be spent on making additional edits for a large contractor for the navy. The module was created in Articulate 2013 (was built using ’09, but transitioned to ’13). Primary edits are text changes, narration fixes, and animations.
Also, this week will be spent on editing a training manual in Fiserv for a mortgage company. All the SMEs were interviewed and now it is a matter of making sure all the content is consistent and that we have a good intro/conclusion sections.
A separate client asked for some image editing in Photoshop for a module that I will eventually work on. However, he mentioned he can have edits done through fiver.com for $5 (for three image edits). I mentioned that he is far better off going with them if they are only charging that amount. Hopefully their quality is good.
Many companies who implement eLearning in their organization has heard about elearningbrothers.com. It is likely that they probably have used their service (either buying templates or obtaining custom development). They provide all kinds of templates for pretty much all of the authoring tools out today. A couple days ago, I checked their site to see if there were any affiliate marketing programs (where you post their ads and you receive a percentage of membership sign-ups). I signed up the the affiliate program and asked if there were any banners that I can use.
To my surprise, I received a call from Andrew, one of the founders of the company. I thought the call was about how to put the banner ads on my site, but it was about how he liked my work at he wanted to touch base to see any potential opportunities. Of course, since I’m a contractor, I am open to new opportunities almost always. It’s nice to receive positive feedback for the work I do. Then again, who doesn’t?