Instructional Comics: Are They Effective for Self-Paced Learning? (Kevin Thorn)


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Using comics for learning has a long history of telling stories to teach concepts and processes. A one-page comic scene can describe a complex process, or a comic scenario with characters and dialogue can help explain more difficult subjects. But is choosing the comic medium the right approach? Can a story told through the comic medium maintain instructional value? The comic medium is not unlike other available media when designing instruction, rather it is understanding when a comic is the best fit for both the target audience.

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.

Want to learn more about Kevin Thorn? Check out his blog at nuggethead.net/blog.

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