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Creative warriors unite

In Art, Communication, Creative, Design, Inspire, Learning on June 28, 2013 at 12:33 am

I’ve used that term before. The creative warrior. Why? Because being a creative, it can sometimes be a lonely world.

We’re the dreamers with our heads in the clouds. We’re the poets time forgot. We’re the dancers with music in our veins. We’re the producers for which life is a movie. We’re the visionaries no one gets. We’re the abstracts who see depth into everything. And let’s face it, until you are discovered, you’re just that other person who sees things differently from the rest.

But it’s the creatives who push boundaries, open avenues, trail pathways, and make you think.

And we make you feel.

So what drives us?

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Which style are you?

In Creative, Design, Instructional Design, Learning on June 20, 2013 at 6:24 am

Have you ever been at a workshop and been bored by the constant presentation of slide upon slide of how you should handle a particular situation, but when you’re thrown into a role-playing activity of that situation, suddenly you thrive? Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, instantly, you’re more engaged, and you remember things better.

Well, you might be a kinaesthetic learner.

You see, we all have different ways in which we learn. There are many different models for describing learning styles, but today, I’m going to touch on the VAK Learning Style, which is an acronym for Visual, Auditory, and Kinaesthetic.

Essentially visual learners learn through what they see; auditory from what they hear; and kinaesthetic from activity or doing something. While some people can make use of more than one learning style, most of us have a preference for one style.

Understanding your learning style can help you to learn and retain information more successfully. Likewise, as an Instructional Designer, understanding a learner’s learning style can also help us to better present new information for learning. However, with e-learning, this can sometimes be a challenge as often, there is no way to ascertain the type of learner sitting on the other side of the screen.

So when designing e-learning, it is important to consider different learning styles. By doing so, we increase the success of engaging the learner.

Let’s have a look at these learning styles in further detail.

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What ignites your spark?

In Creative, Inspire, Writing on June 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I’m always on the lookout for things that inspire me. And I’m always connecting with those who fuel that inspiration and creativity. Or at least, I try to.

The Internet and social media have certainly helped facilitate that. My day job predominantly involves writing for e-learning, which means I dedicate my hours to projects that I believe inspire and grow people. And this job is made possible via the Internet. It’s a cyclic process. So it would be highly ironic if I didn’t believe in its power.

I also believe everyone has a voice and a story to tell. You may not be able to write it out, but there are other creative ways to tell your story. Artists and creatives paint, sing, dance, sculpt, produce, and create; with one ultimate goal: to share. To be heard. And for some of us, it’s therapeutic. Cathartic.

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The basics

In Copywriting, Grammar, Inspire, Language, Punctuation, Spelling, Writing on June 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

It’s been a while, I know, and I apologize for that. There is no excuse, but I have been busy.

I also know that I have committed to a blog a month at least. Not only to you, but to myself. Just to keep the learning going.

It wasn’t that I was struggling for an idea for the next blog; or what I wanted to share. It was that I had all these ideas, and then upon reflecting on them, realized they fell short. Or at least I thought. You see, I got so excited about sharing them, I wasn’t even sure anyone else would get as excited. So those ideas are shelved. For now.

In my line of work, I come across different styles of writing in various degrees.

Sometimes I am thrown pages of content and my job is to clean it up. Structure the mess into something that half resembles a cohesive piece of work.

Suffice to say, the day is never dull.

I recently had to review a couple of pieces that got me thinking, and this sparked an idea for a blog.

And I apologize if it seems like it took me forever to get here, but I’m getting to the point.

If you’re still reading, great. Let’s continue.

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