• Digital Learning Consultant, Artist

    Building better experiences through bespoke design and development.

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Hey there, welcome to my little corner of the internet!

Pull up a virtual chair, and let’s have a chat about all the cool stuff I do as a digital learning specialist, artist, and unapologetic uber geek. I mean, who says you can’t be all those things at once, right?

So, picture this: I’m an artist, a developer, and a designer, all rolled into one creative bundle. I’m not just any artist though; I specialize in visual storytelling, instructional design and creating mind-blowing eLearning experiences. You know, the kind that make learning more a digital carrot of temptation.

I don’t do things the conventional way; that’s just not my style. I love blending technology and clever design to come up with innovative solutions. AI, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), interactive simulations, gamified courses—you name it, I’m all over it! And hey, let’s not forget about mobile-responsive designs and multimedia production. I’m like a digital learning Swiss Army knife!

Why do I do all this? Well, it’s simple: I’m passionate about making a difference. I believe that high-quality, engaging eLearning experiences can empower learners to reach their goals. It’s not just about throwing information at them; it’s about creating a thoughtfully inclusive experience that caters to their needs and helps them get to where they want to be.

So, buckle up and get ready for a wild ride through the world of innovative eLearning solutions. Whether you’re a fellow geek, an aspiring artist, or just someone who loves to learn, there’s something exciting in store for you here. Let’s break barriers, shatter expectations, and together, we’ll make the eLearning universe a better place!

Podcast bandwagon

So with my work at the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, the comms team asked me to do a podcast alongside James Maltby on Immersive Learning in the Humanitarian Sector. Check it out here if you would like to hear our views on this topic.

The art of storytelling

Storytelling has been around for ages, and it’s amazing how images have played a crucial role in this art form. Imagine those ancient cave paintings that depicted hunting scenes, showing us what to hunt and what to be wary of. Those early artists were like the pioneers of media storage, and we’re fortunate that their work has survived all this time, giving us the chance to appreciate and reflect on it even today.

You know, storytelling was just as vital back in the days when written languages weren’t widespread as it is in our modern internet age. Sure, the tools and mediums have evolved dramatically, but the impact of storytelling has only become richer and more meaningful.

I personally take great pride in being a visual storyteller. I believe in blending the right delivery methods with creative and inclusive visuals. It’s not just about checking boxes for diversity; it’s about integrating diverse characters’ perspectives into the stories, making them more relatable and impactful for learners on their individual learning journeys. After all, the power of storytelling lies in its ability to connect with people on a deeper level and help them understand and learn in a way that traditional methods sometimes can’t achieve.

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