Ashlee Binderim

Ashlee is an Intermediate Instructional and Graphic Designer on the Learning and Professional Development team and has a background in Graphic Design and Photography. With over eight years of Photography and Graphic Design experience, Ashlee brings a unique talent and perspective to the team. She joined the Learning & Professional Development team in 2014 as a student worker and now works full time as an Instructional & Graphic Designer. She primarily works with Adobe products and is using her knowledge to help develop exciting new trainings. This opportunity allows Ashlee to reach out to the NAU community and create interactive ways students and staff can learn.

How to Manage Projects in a Team Environment Successfully

As Instructional Designers, our workload looks a bit different than the average person. We tend to work project by project, and if you’re anything like this team, you work on multiple projects at once. Sometimes it can get confusing and overwhelming – not to mention a little chaotic with multiple people on one team! In order to successfully manage your …

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Gamification: What It Is + Some Tips

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I’m sure you’ve all heard about the new gamification trend that’s been sweeping the Instructional Design world. If you’re like me, and behind the times on what gamification is – let me explain it further. Gamification is the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g., point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically …

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Beating Instructional Designers Block

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There comes a point in your career where you have to battle Instructional Designers Block, aka *cue horror movie scream* THE WALL. Have you ever gotten to the point in a project where no amount of caffeine or energy drinks will shake the feeling that it’s just not happening with a project? Either you’re frustrated or just can’t think of …

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Free Resources You Should Be Utilizing

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The internet is a great resource to utilize for your eLearning modules because there are free graphics, fonts, stock photos and much more! I want to help you be more productive and produce better training modules in half the time. Sound gimmicky? I promise you it’s not! Here’s a list of resources that took me years to find around the internet that …

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Design: Aesthetic vs. Function

As a graphic designer, the line between necessity for functionality and aesthetic is a blurry line. Designers make things ‘pretty’ but we have to make the design functional and easily understandable for the users. Designers are a median between the user and the backend creator. Website coders solely look at the functionality and users like to look at something that …

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5 Myths about Graphic Design

There are a lot of myths about graphic design. Some are semi-accurate, but others are way off base. I wanted to tackle some of those myths head-on. Bear with me as I mention some things that are a little controversial. I explain myself and if you don’t agree, that’s OK! We’d love to hear your perspective on things in the …

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6 Design Rules to Live By

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If you’ve gone to college for a design degree, these tips might be second nature to you now. But when you’ve been handed a project or assignment that involves creating an eLearning module from scratch and have no previous knowledge of design, these tips will keep you on the straight and narrow. Just follow these six steps and you’re well …

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Creating a Dashboard the User Wants to Come Back To

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A dashboard is user interface that somewhat resembles a car’s dashboard. It organizes and presents information in way that is clear and straightforward. One example of a dashboard is online banking. When you log into your bank account online, you usually see your account’s, messages or updates on your bank, and other information that pertains to banking. When creating a …

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Statistics Based on User Experience

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User experience is the experience that the viewer has on your eLearning course. Things like: is the information easy to find? Is it easy to read? Does it look professional? User experience is crucial to successful eLearning and if that information is actually being understood. Which is the whole point of eLearning, right? To see just how important user experience …

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