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.

Captain Outlook


IRA - retiree who knows an awful lot about retirement accounts

Sam Price - known to poke around branches and learn a little too much

James Cyclops - Expert in One View software, but has also been seen playing the role of a persistent customer with many pertinent questions


And of course there's the bank's middle management

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.

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2 responses to “Characters”

  1. Anne McKinney says :

    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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