Free resources

Here are some free resources to help you create user centred content and learning experiences. Feel free to download, share and provide feedback or suggestions as to what you would like to see here.
Cover design for the Spring 2021 issue of Communicator

Article on ‘Writing for Learning’

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Spring 2021.

Infographic about Andragogy – the way in which adults learn

Front cover of Communicator journal Winter 2020

Article on ‘Standards in eLearning’

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Winter 2020.
Front cover of Communicator journal Autumn 2020

Article on ‘Transforming classroom materials’.

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Autumn 2020.

Infographic comparing some of the main learning theories

Infographic of the eLearning development process

Infographic showing the eLearning development process

Article on ‘Moving your learning online’.

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Summer 2020.

Article on ‘User pain points and overcoming them’

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Spring 2020.

Article on ‘E-learning: How to capture your audience’

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Autumn 2019.

Article on ‘Using Visuals to Support e-learning’

This article was originally published in ISTC Communicator, Winter 2019.

The rise of social and collaborative learning

What is social learning?   Humans are social creatures. We listen to stories and pass them on. We build communities in which we live, learn, grow and engage with others. We learn from observing our families, friends, siblings and teachers. We listen to and trust...

eXXpedition voyage

If you’ve seen my social media this last couple of weeks you may have seen that I have some exciting developments in my bid to be more eco-friendly and to inspire others to do the same. A couple of weeks ago I was lucky to secure a place on the latest eXXpedition...

A new look for Unlikely Genius

A couple of weeks ago I released my new improved branding for UnlikelyGenius. I love my business name and feel it absolutely represents me, but though I liked my old logo, I felt it no longer represented me and the business as well as it could. The font choice was too...

10 tips for increasing engagement in your training: 6-10

One of the main principles of UnlikelyGenius is focused on creating enjoyable, inclusive learning for all. One tool to help you do this is to increase engagement in the learning experience. Read part 1 here: 10 tips for increasing engagement in your training: 1-5...

10 tips for increasing engagement in your training: 1-5

One of the main principles of UnlikelyGenius is focused on creating enjoyable, inclusive learning for all. One tool to help you do this is to increase engagement in the learning experience.   Why increase engagement? Sounds like a daft question but too many...

Improving your writing for learning

Writing is one area where we can have a great impact and make sure that the learning is inclusive for all. By refining how we write for learning experiences, it helps to reduce the cognitive load for the learner, makes the information easier to scan, helps make...

My experience of contributing to Communicator Magazine

A few months ago I shared a blog post about having won the ISTC Communicator article of the year award, and in the latest issue, there is a bonus feature from me alongside my usual piece about eLearning. Here I discuss what winning this award meant to me.  

Case study 1: Frontline: Changing Lives

Client: Frontline Location: London, UK What they do: They are a charity who recruit, train and support social workers through the delivery of a 2 year Masters level programme. My role: Writing/ Instructional design Storyline and Rise builds Graphic design Consultancy...

2020: My Year in Numbers

As is customary at the end of the year, I have created a summary of my year in numbers (and cheating this time - a bit of extra text). I find this a great way of reflecting on what has happened, how far I have come, how business and extra life perks are coming along....

24 days of Tip-mas

A roundup of fab takeaways from the catastrophe that was 2020 2020 has been a disaster, we know this. But there was some joy and fabulousness to be found if you looked closely. Throughout December I shared my tips and discoveries in an advent calendar-like slow...