Drink'n'Draw: Sketchnoting Diverse Characters for eLearning

April 6, 2022
4 minutes
Kevin Thorn joins #IDIODC for another Drink'n'Draw.

Instructional Designers and eLearning developers play an important role in DEI programs.  When stock characters are required it's difficult to find the right image that reflects your requirements.  And when you do find something that works it's often quite boring and unfitting of the style you had designed. So, we're often left wondering, "I wish I could make my own diverse set of characters for my eLearning content".

Kevin Thorn joined us to do just that. Kevin is the Chief NuggetHead of NuggetHead Studioz and our guest for the ongoing favorite Drink'n'Draw series. In this episode Kevin walked us through the process of designing and sketchnoting our own diverse characters for eLearning. If you're new to Sketchnoting, then I would encourage you to go through Kevin's "Sketchnote School". https://nuggethead.net/2013/09/sketchnote-school-6-steps-to-great-conference-sketchnotes/

Kevin wrote a series of 6 bog posts teaching conference attendees how to sketchnote during DevLearn. But, of course, all of the elements apply to drawing diverse characters as well. Grab a pen and paper and watch this entertaining and skill-building episode of Drink'n'Draw.

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About Kevin Thorn

Kevin is an award-winning eLearning designer & developer, consultant, and owner of NuggetHead Studioz, LLC., a boutique custom design and development studio specializing in online learning experiences.

After retiring from the U.S. Army, Kevin pursued a career in corporate IT and Training & Development. With his combined military and industry experience, Kevin started the Studioz in 2012 working with clients in various industries solving problems in a wide range of creative projects. Based in the North Mississippi Delta, Kevin, harnesses a bench of creative practitioners in instructional design, eLearning development, illustration and graphic design, animation, and serious comics to develop innovative solutions. Kevin is a well-known industry speaker and trainer on eLearning development, design workflows, and is a certified facilitator in LEGO® Serious Play® methodologies.

Kevin holds a BS in Information Technology Management from Christian Brothers University, MS in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Memphis where he also teaches and is in the Instructional and Curriculum Leadership EdD program. He can be found on Twitter as @LearnNuggets, on LinkedIn, or around learning and development communities teaching and facilitating workshops where he writes articles, reviews, and shares tutorials.


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