Make learning that works by following these guiding principles:
Whether it is a large global rollout or mini-project, I follow the 'tested and tried' methodology. The practical way that I would apply this approach to your learning assignments is as follows:
From paper to digital, from static to interactive!
From ideation, brainstorming to mapping and diagramming
This stage is about extracting and documenting ideas, developing storyboards, instructional scripts and wireframing learner journeys. This is best achieved by using various collaboration tools (my favourite is miro.com).
From prototypes to a minimal viable product!
As much as I love throwing around ideas, being outrageously creative or proposing 'disruptive' ideas, the reality is that the process and the end result has to match the technological landscape (your LMS, for example), agreed timeframes, and budgets.
Remember that instructional, visual and technical design streams should work side by side? The decisions made earlier regarding technology, authoring tools, software, LMS, frameworks - so now it's time to put all ideas into practice.
Firstly, the detailed instructional scripts need to be developed and written based on high level scoping documents or storyboards also to ensure that the learning outcomes and requirements match the overall solution.
Once the scripts are signed off by the client, the production phase begins.
I utilise the latest web technologies and use various eLearning desktop or web-based tools and software, such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline 360, Rise, Adapt, Gomo, Evolve, iSpring, VideoScribe, Rocketium, EdgeAnimate, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, KnowledgePresenter, Open edX Studio.
What follows is an agreed output of SCORM online modules and assessments. They may include interactive visual aids, video explainers and other multimedia. For the blended learning option, I may also develop off-line training materials such as Quick Guides, KitCards, User Manuals, Train-the-Trainer materials, etc.
This stage is heavily dependent on multiple QA/Review rounds. Debugging, testing, managing and uploading learning artefacts to LMS or any other system or portal - all this needs a systematic approach, effective methodology and the right tools.
From projects and systems to teams and vendors
One of the final stages can be quite tedious, evolving around multiple changes and review rounds. Still, extremely vital as the debugging, testing, uploading learning artefacts to LMS or any other system - all this needs a systematic approach, effective methodology and the right tools.
The final phase in the learning and development process is the strategic promotion and launch of your learning program.
Involving your learners in the learning creation process early usually proves to be a more effective uptake, rather than out of the blue invitation emails to 'login to our LMS".
In some cases, rather than releasing a large training programme all at once, it is advisable to run early pilot focus groups, gather feedback and continually evaluate the effectiveness, communicate findings and propose corrective actions.
I can help develop high-level comms approach plans, ensuring the instructional design and content principles are applied to communications design materials and in sync with overall learning objectives.
Rather than doing everything myself, I can also assist in managing your team or external venodrs throughout any of the planning, designing and developing stages of your learning programme.
Typically, project managers are not directly involved in actual project work. However, I found that the ability to jump in and help out makes a big difference. I have a proven track record in successfully managing projects (from research and design to implementation) and managing creative and dev teams.
Certifications: Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management, University of Virginia (Coursera).
"I had the privilege of working with Shas over a few years at KPMG, where he held the position of Instructional Designer on the project team. Diligent, creative and capable of working to tight deadlines, I'd have no hesitation in working with him again in the future. His structured approach to course design and knowledge of his craft, enabled us to to produce high quality E-learning modules to suit the client's various roles and processes impacted by the implementation of a new Opportunity and Risk Management system."
"Sarunas joined Advanced Learning Company at an early stage in the development of this education services company in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He played a key role in shaping a novel service providing digital education for school students across the country. This extended to formulating the strategy for the business assisting with the selection of partners and being involved in numerous other start-up activities. Sarunas has an excellent understanding of the design and implementation of digital education solutions and showed great flexibility by providing valued assistance in several other areas, including website and portal design."
"Sarunas' combination of skills, including graphical and instructional design, was superb for our needs. He also has an excellent knowledge of the tools he employs, as well as trends within the fast-moving eLearning industry. I highly recommend Sarunas' work, skills, and professionalism."
"Sarunas worked for me as a contractor on the Sidra Medical Research Centre (SMRC) project, where he produced great work in a challenging work environment and to very tight deadlines. His work culminated in the production of quality ELearning materials for SMRC's library system. He is extremely capable and dedicated to producing a good quality product."