Sarah Lipsey

After receiving a Master’s Degree from NAU in Literacy, Technology, and Professional Writing, Sarah returned to her home town of Omaha, Nebraska where she gathered almost 10 years of experience in Instructional Design. Sarah loves utilizing technology to create training, whether to teach people how to use a computer system, improve their sales numbers, or incorporate a new process into their daily routine. Her background in English and Technical Writing helps keep her focused on writing and editing to provide clear and concise content for training. When the opportunity opened up with the Learning & Professional Development team, Sarah and her family (which consists of a bicycle-obsessed husband, two energetic daughters, and an annoying German Shepherd) jumped at the chance to move back to Flagstaff where they can ride bikes, hike, camp, ride bikes some more, and generally enjoy the outdoors without humidity or mosquitoes.

Inspirational Nugget: Look for Inspiration

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My team has been designing some new templates and branding elements lately, so today’s Inspirational Nugget is inspired by inspiration! I know it’s easy to get into a rhythm when creating training content, so it’s common to reuse design elements and eLearning features to create training efficiently. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with what works, but sometimes it’s important to …

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Organization: Naming Conventions

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It’s a running joke on my team that I have a strange obsession with organization, documented processes, folder structure, and naming conventions. I maintain that a well-established system for any collaborative team helps prevent unnecessary mistakes and helps ensure a project run smoothly. I definitely play along with the jokes (because it IS a pretty strange obsession) but taking the …

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Inspirational Nugget: Analyze Yourself

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Hey everyone, it’s time for another Inspirational Nugget. I’ve been participating in some great professional development classes and watching lots of TED Talks lately, so I have been doing more introspection than normal. I know how easy it is to get wrapped up in the daily grind, both at work and at home, and I know how easy it is …

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Adobe Captivate 9: Rollovers for Software Simulations

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The most recent eLearning project I completed was for an online software application, so creating online software training has been on my brain. I typically create training for adults, so I have been paying close attention to incorporating adult learning theories into software training. In my recent posts, I talked a bit about how Adobe Captivate allows you to create …

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Creating Online Software Training for Adults

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Creating Online Software Training for Adults Creating any type of training for adult learners is challenging because there are so many theories and principles to consider. Is the content too long? Is the content engaging? Is the goal of the content obvious to the user? Now consider those same questions for online software training for adults. You’re looking at multiple checklists …

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Creating Online Software Training

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As an Instructional Designer, I’ve created online training modules for sales, safety, and new employee orientation, but most of my projects have been for IT systems training. Providing online, self-paced training for new software provides end users with the opportunity to see the system and maybe even interact with the system before they use it. Before I share my experiences …

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Inspirational Nugget: Your Course Will Help Someone

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Since I’ve joined the Learning & Professional Development Team at Northern Arizona University, my blog posts have focused on two major themes: Instructional Design “Inspirational Nuggets” and Adobe Captivate 9 features. The Inspirational nuggets came from a couple Post-It Notes that I’ve kept with me throughout my ten years as an Instructional Designer. These Post-It Notes serve as a reminder for …

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Adobe Captivate 9: Advanced Actions Part 2

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In my previous post, I covered a few simple techniques for adding Advanced Actions to Adobe Captivate 9 projects. We added hidden captions that appear when users click a button. Now we’re going to connect that interaction to the slide navigation, because our customer wants to make sure that users read every caption before they can move to the next …

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Adobe Captivate 9: Advanced Actions Part 1

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The eLearning software market is packed with the latest and greatest of everything, but regardless of what tool you’re using, you still need that tool to make engaging and educational eLearning content. Once you understand some of the core features available in a tool like Adobe Captivate, you can build upon those core features and build solutions for any issue. …

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Inspritational Nugget: You are the Learner’s Advocate

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Today’s inspirational nugget puts us in our learner’s shoes. The content we create doesn’t get sent out into the void, never to be seen again. Real people have to sit at a desk and consume whatever we create, right along all those 6-second Vines and 140-character tweets. To be an advocate for your learner, you need to consider all of …

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