Sunday, July 28, 2013

eLearning Character Chart

eLearning Character Chart
While exploring how others develop characters, I stumbled upon character charts, a tool used by some fiction writers. In the past, I have developed characters in elearning more off the cuff. It has worked well for me, but a character chart, what a great idea. A character chart allows one to flesh out the finer details of a character's personality, appearance, position, abilities, etc. I searched for an "eLearning Character Chart" but without success. And the charts I found for fiction writers were great, but far to extensive for developing an elearning character. So, I created my own. 

I came up with a one page chart that encompasses the level of detail needed to give the depth an elearning character needs.  I also made it a point to include blank rows for any additional characteristics, as needed. Here is link to the eLearning Character Chart (Word Doc) - It also includes examples for each characteristic. 

This is my first shot at an elearning character chart, so please feel free to suggest improvements which is always appreciated.

6 comments:

  1. When I design my characters, I usually have a backstory for them already in mind. I create a mini profile before I even put pencil to paper. This actually helps me design characters that have a more unique look.

    I like the character chart. The only thing I would add is an area for a picture of the character and somewhere to place some background information that can sum up the character's background.

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    1. Thanks Jerson. I like the idea of the area for a picture and background summary. I could definitely see sketching out a draft of a character simultaneously right on the chart.

      I think the next rendition will include this. Thanks for the great input.

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    2. Well whenever you have time, reach out to me on Google+ and together I'm sure we could create a character sheet that would be really helpful to eLearning developers.

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    3. Thanks, I may take you up on that when I am ready for a 2nd edition. It is still relatively new and so far feedback from eLearning designers/developers has been very positive. For now, I am going to continue to collect more feedback before revising the chart.

      Jeff

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  2. Jeff, your character chart is not available for download anymore. Could you check and see what is causing the issue? Thanks!

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    1. Kathy, I'm not sure why it was not working, but it is now. Here is a direct link. Let me know if you still can't access it.

      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5493666/eLearningCyclops/eLearningCharacterChart_eLearningCyclops.docx

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