Simple Simulations

Begin building interactive software training with Articulate Storyline. It's easier than you think.

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Why should YOU learn to make a simple sim?

See examples, and hear the goals for this course.

This course includes

  • Practice files
  • How-to videos posted on this site
  • 4 live webinars. Each is 90 minutes.
  • 2 30 minute coaching sessions with Karl

You'll learn how to build any of the 4 examples posted on this site... and more!

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Help a Character

This is a preview of how to use stories to make your software training memorable.

Training Wheels

This example shows how to provide support and guidance for near learners, then remove it as they practice.


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Your Instructor

Karl G Richter
Karl G Richter

What's up? I'm Karl G Richter, I'm a Blended Learning Designer, Coach, Youtuber, and Speaker. I started a blended learning design company called in 2002. The resources you find on this site are my way to share what I've learned with the superb community of learning professionals.


I’ve been designing online training modules and blended learning experiences since 2002. I use tools like Articulate 360, Adobe Captivate, and Camtasia. I believe that self-study modules for the LMS are an efficient way to score and track learning, but they are more effective when blended together with synchronous learning experiences like webinars or instructor led training. They can also be combined with performance support tools that help the learner in their moment of need.

I’m a strong believer in the power of stories and creating a realistic context that matches what learners do when on the job. We want learners to make mistakes in training and learn valuable lessons so that they don’t learn the hard way by losing clients, customers, or patients.

I studied Educational Technology at San Diego State University and earned my M.A. in 2006. I was named Most Outstanding Student in the EDTEC program. I also earned a certificate in Interactive Media Design so that I became comfortable using a wide range of tools like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere.


I started my career as a classroom teacher. During my undergrad program, I taught science to middle school and high school students participating in an enrichment program to supplement their studies.

From 1996 – 2002 I lived in Korea and Taiwan and taught ESL to preschool and elementary students. After grad school, I became an instructor in San Diego State’s EDTEC program and taught classes online and on campus until 2011.

These days, I speak at learning conferences sponsored by organizations like ATD, The Learning Guild, and SHRM. I hold private workshops for corporate learning departments on topics like Articulate Storyline, and Blended Learning. (See for more info)

I have found many parallels between the work that a chef does to prepare a meal and a learning experience designer does to create a healthy mix of experiences in class, through self-study, and on the job. I share recipes for combining different technologies that I call eLearning Blends in my workshops, in YouTube videos, and on my website.


I’ve reached the point of my career where I enjoy giving back to the community and put up new videos on YouTube. I share tips for learning the software like Articulate Storyline and put out recipes for engaging ways to combine learning technologies.

Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been making a weekly pep talk called Monday Funday to help add a positive mindset to the troubling times we’re all living in. These videos are my attempt to spark joy for our craft. They’re a labor of love to help anyone who needs a boost coping with the additional stress of the pandemic. We will get through this.


I work with small groups and individuals in two different ways.

The first is Project-Based coaching where we look at an audience and the desired outcomes, then work together to design a series of learning experiences to help achieve those goals. I contribute my experience along with potentially creating assets like templates and interactions to allow the team to create the remaining assets in house.

The second type of coaching relationship is to help learn new software skills. I do workshops and feedback sessions to help learners master the fundamentals of software like Articulate Storyline, Articulate 360, and Techsmith Camtasia. I am especially experienced at screen recording tutorials that either capture the screen in a video or create a practice simulation for learners to practice working with the software.

Coaching programs are highly customized to your needs and skill levels.

Course Curriculum

No Next Button

Why not ditch the next button and engage your learners as they navigate through their course?

Quiz Me

This example shows a Storyline practice/review simulation.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The videos and sample materials are yours forever and ever and ever. However, many of those are hidden until our course kickoff. There is also a live component that will begin March 27th and meet for 4 weeks. Our meetings will be held online at 3PM Eastern.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
I want to join, but can't attend the live class. Can I still join?
Yes, this course is designed to be flexible. You'll be expected to participate in class discussion, but are welcome to watch the archive of our live class.
What version of Storyline do I need?
Good question. I will demo in Storyline 360, but there are only minor differences between other versions. I'll be sure to explain those during the course. Storyline 1, Storyline 2, Storyline 3 or Storyline 360 are appropriate for this class.
What is coaching?
Karl will meet with you in a private webinar. You'll be able to share your screen, camera, and microphone as we discuss the goals for your project and your plans for getting there. This course includes two 30-minute coaching sessions.
Is this course for new storyline users?
Yes, this is designed for someone who has not worked in Storyline before, HOWEVER, the focus of this course is the screen recordings feature. If you're looking to build engaging software training, this is a not a general overview of all Storyline features. (I'm working on that class, too, so stay tuned.)
I've used Storyline for years, why should I take this course?
This course focuses on screen recordings and practice simulations. You'll learn how to maneuver some of the quirky features within Storyline and a lot of our emphasis is on how to make a good design so that your learner's mental wheels are turning.
Is this course fun?
Yes, this experience is being designed to be enjoyable, though there may be challenging moments along the way. Our goal is to help you not only start, but finish. we believe that bad jokes and steady enthusiasm will help you reach those goals.

This course has been designed to help you build skills that transform your life. I've made a comfortable living for my wife and four young boys all thanks to my skills as a Storyline designer and developer. You could do it, too.

There's a lot of bad eLearning out there. If you have the skills to build something better, there is a world of opportunities available to you. Join me to find out more.

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