Sharing What Works

March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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LS309 Approaches to Using Comics in eLearning

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Wednesday, March 22



Searching for new and innovative ways to present content is an ongoing challenge for most instructional designers. If you’re stuggling with this yourself, you may want to consider using an inconventional option—comics and comic-style art. Comics are a great way to share content in an engaging and effective way, and their growing popularity has helped them grow in acceptance within L&D. That said, if you’ve never created comic-style content, it’s hard to know where to begin—particularly if you need assistance acquiring or creating your visuals.

In this session, you’ll find out what you need to know to get started with using comics and comic-like approaches in your projects. You’ll explore what ways the comic format works best for L&D and how to think about creating comics from an instructional design perspective, including specific approaches for leveraging comics in eLearning. You’ll then look at the production side and learn more about writing and planning, including how to storyboard a comic, as well as options for sourcing visuals if you’re not able to draw them yourself.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to apply the comic format to instructional design
  • How to understand the differences of various approaches to comics
  • How to plan and storyboard a comic to fit instructional design
  • How to source comic art or source talent to create the visuals for your comics

Novice and intermediate designers and managers. A basic understanding of instructional design principles is assumed; no visual design skills are required.

Technology discussed in this session:

Kevin Thorn

Chief NuggetHead

NuggetHead Studioz

Kevin Thorn is an award-winning eLearning designer and developer, consultant, and owner of NuggetHead Studioz, a boutique custom design and development studio. After retiring from the US Army, Kevin pursued a career in corporate IT and training and development. With his combined military and industry experience, Kevin started the Studioz in 2012. He works with clients in various industries. Kevin is a well-known industry speaker and trainer and a certified facilitator in LEGO Serious Play methodologies. He holds a BS in information technology management from Christian Brothers University and an MS in instructional design and technology from the University of Memphis.

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