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The best way to become an instructional designer is to continually learn about what’s happening in the industry. I joined ATD, ISPI, the eLearning Guild, went to chapter meetings and 1-2 annual conferences a year. I read books and/or blogs from Cathy Moore (action mapping), Tom Kuhlmann, Clive Shepherd, Sharon Shrock, Ruth Colvin Clark (science of eLearning), and Karl Kapp. I found tons of free resources, such as those found on Articulate’s eLearning Heroes community. My employer didn’t have a big budget; I had to figure out a lot of stuff on my own. Ask your peers and go to Lynda.com. I became a super user of Storyline and PowerPoint. I know more than the basics about graphic design; I firmly believe no one wants to sit through training (either live, virtual, or eLearning) that is unattractive and poorly laid out. I looked at examples of other people’s work and became hypercritical of what looks good and delivers a great learning experience. I keep on top of what a good website looks for inspiration. You have to continually learn and push yourself to improve.

Frances M Weber

Frances M Weber

Position: Instructional Designer

Company: Oracle

Short Bio

Frances aka Fran Weber is a passionate Instructional Designer with years of experience developing customer service training for the hospitality industry and systems training for the IT industry, and currently she is supporting the development of sales training for Oracle.

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