Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Hemeon Learning! Wow, it’s been quite the year. I’ve been extremely terrible about keeping the website up to date and even worse with blogging. I can’t promise I’ll do better but I’m starting here and hope to keep it up a little more regularly. My goal – one new blog post a month this year. So what’s happened in the last year or so at Hemeon Learning? It’s been a huge year! At the end of 2015 I decided to leave my full time position of five years to focus more on family and Hemeon Learning. We brought on a couple of additional clients and I was working part-time on a number of projects at any given time as well as playing with/caring for our one year old (two now). Fast forward to June 2016. We made a huge family decision to move from Vancouver, BC, Canada back to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada where both my husband (and Hemeon Learning partner in crime) and I are from. After 13 years in the big city it was time to come back home. What a whirlwind. At the same time, Ivan (hubby) also decided to leave his full time position in favour of helping me at home so I could continue to grow our business. We signed several new clients over the summer and continued working with previous ones. At the end of August we made the big move from coast to coast and settled into our new home (and home office!). We’ve had fun exploring our new neighbourhood and working with new clients as well. Now that winter’s...

Why do I use Articulate Storyline?

I was invited by the Articulate development team to participate in the beta testing program for Articulate Storyline. Storyline launched to the public in May 2012 but has been available to a select community of testers since 2011. I love Storyline. It’s that simple. It’s more difficult to articulate why I love Storyline. Is it because it has a more gradual learning curve than other tools? Is it because even the most experienced developers can find powerful features? Is it because importing older Articulate courses is fast and easy? Is it because of the endless possibilities of triggers and states? I could go on on and on but for your sake I won’t. You can get a great overview and demo of the features of Storyline over at the Articulate website. I’ll let you explore that on your own. So why do I love Storyline? Because I have yet to have to say to a client that I “can’t” do something they want. For years I have been using both Articulate Studio ’09 and Adobe Captivate (3, 4, and 5). I lost count of how many times a client would ask me “could you do X?” I found a lot of workarounds, tricks, add-ins, widgets, etc. but I got tired of trying to make tools do things that weren’t built-in features. I used to often think to myself “why is it that I can think of these possible features and yet none of the leading development tools actually do these things? I’m not a software developer… I’m just a lowly designer/developer.” I’ve been using Storyline for the last six...

Today I learned… The Power of Community

Today I hit a slump. I lacked any inspiration and even confidence. I think a lot of us have these days. We just don’t seem to be able to muster our strength to believe in ourselves sometimes. I learned that a fantastic friend or fabulous colleague can really turn those days around. I count myself as an introvert. I’ve never done the true Myers Briggs but I know I need my alone time to recharge. That means I sometimes underestimate the power of connecting with those in my community. To me, community is what others call their “network”. I just happen to dislike that word – it’s scary to me. So I call it my community instead. Anyway, I decided to reach out to my community for inspiration and wound up getting both inspiration and a confidence boost. My lesson for today is to never underestimate the power of your personal community and to not forget the importance of having one.Even when the introvert in me wants to be a...

Today I learned…. Traffic Control?

I think that in order to come up with new ideas I need to keep writing. To keep writing I need something to write about. Then it hit me! They (whoever they are) say that you learn something new every day. I’m pretty sure that’s true. So from here on out I’m going to write about at least one thing I learned. Today I learned about Short Term Traffic Control. I know, it’s a strange topic to write about but why not? I have been asked (told) to create a course about traffic control. I know nothing about traffic control and my subject matter expert isn’t readily available. So that means that if I want to get something designed, I have to research it myself. So, today was the day. This project has been lurking for awhile and I’ve gone from thinking it was quite straight forward to thinking it was highly complex and now I’m back at it being straight forward again. Besides learning more about traffic cone placement and reflectors than I could ever need, I also re-learned how to organize myself and my thoughts. When I started this morning I was very scattered. I wasn’t sure how to begin. Sure, I had learning objectives I’d drafted as part of the project proposal and scope but those don’t get you very far when you can’t gather your thoughts. After fumbling around for a bit, bouncing between reading bits of regulation, searching for random, semi-related images, and general procrastination, I decided to start with one question… “If I had to go out and do traffic control tomorrow, what...