Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I absolutely love using characters in my e-learning courses. They are great for gaining attention throughout the course, acting as training facilitators, or for playing a role in a storyline or simulation. Over the past five years I have created many characters in my courses. And since my current role is coming to an end due to the bank acquisition, I feel it would be good to pay a quick tribute to my fictional colleagues who have made training easier and funner over the years. FYI: The first 2 characters were made early on and are a combination of edited clip-art images. The rest are made from scratch within Adobe Flash. Please do not copy or use these images as they are copyrighted materials.

[caption id="attachment_552" align="alignnone" width="200" caption="Captain Outlook"][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_544" align="alignnone" width="160" caption="IRA - retiree who knows an awful lot about retirement accounts"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_553" align="alignnone" width="172" caption="Sam Price - known to poke around branches and learn a little too much"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_543" align="alignnone" width="169" caption="James Cyclops - Expert in One View software, but has also been seen playing the role of a persistent customer with many pertinent questions"][/caption]


[caption id="attachment_554" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="And of course there's the bank's middle management"][/caption]

Well, those are some of my favorite characters I have developed over the years. I will be continuing as the e-Learning Designer with the newly merged bank and hopefully will develop many new and exciting courses and graphics.


  1. Thanks for sharing this idea! I've cited you in a blog entry on how Library & Information Science instructors can create characters for their courses:

    I made a few sample characters using StripGenerator, which doesn't have the advantage of color, but is a basic drag-and-drop comic strip creator. I hope instructors can make use of this concept. At the least, it's engaging to see cartoons in an online course! :-)


    Anne McKinney
    WISE Pedagogy

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