Monthly Archives: March 2016

Cinécraft Welcomes Back Meagan Lawton, eLearning Specialist


Cleveland, Ohio – March 30, 2016 – Cinécraft welcomes back  2015 summer intern, Meagan Lawton, as an eLearning Specialist. Meagan, a recent Kent State University graduate, will provide both instructional design and development to our corporate clients.

Although Meagan graduated with a degree in Electronic Media Production, she looks forward to using her experience in writing, video production, tutoring and computer technology to create engaging and interactive eLearning.

“Meagan showed amazing potential last summer. We simply had to find a way to add her to the team upon graduation. Her writing skills are off the charts as shown by her intern reflection blog,” explained Dan Keckan, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

For more than 75 years, Cinécraft has been a leading resource for the creation of video and eLearning in the United States.

Save the Learners! Build an Open and Shut Serious Game Strategy

By Dan Keckan published March 11, 2016

(This article was published in the March, 2016 issue of Training Industry Magazine.)

Have you ever sat in front of an eLearning course that you spent 200-250 hours designing and developing and thought learners are going to love this course? They are going to love it so much, they will be motivated to take it. They are going to stick with it till the end and feel compelled to take it again as the Flow Theory suggests! If your answer is yes, then you have probably already incorporated a successful serious game strategy. If your answer is no then keep reading.

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Past Conference: Learning Solutions 2016 – Orlando


Session: LS707 -The Anatomy of a Video-based Simulation

Presented By: Dan Keckan, Vice President, eLearning and Instructional Design, Cinécraft Productions

Video has long since been a medium that evokes emotion and sells products through dynamic storytelling. In the past, however, it has been a passive medium. Fortunately, new knowledge and advancements make it possible to create more interactive video outputs.

In this session, you will learn how video can be leveraged in eLearning and mLearning simulations effectively to teach a skill or change a behavior. You will view examples of how video is used to demonstrate and simulate a task or behavior. You will learn tips and techniques that experts use when designing, producing, and developing video simulations for eLearning and mLearning courses. You will learn about practical tools you can use in the design and development of video-based simulations in your next training project.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How video simulations can teach a skill or change behavior
  • How to plan for video simulations in your training project
  • How to design video simulations efficiently
  • What tools can be used to produce video
  • What tools can be used to add video simulations into your eLearning or mLearning course

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:
Storyboarding tools like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Branchtrack. Development tools like Captivate and Storyline.

For more than 75 years, Cinécraft has been a leading resource for the creation of video and eLearning in the United States.

Cinécraft Instructional Design Manager, Kim Lindsey, Elected By STC As Associate Fellow


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Cleveland, Ohio – February 1, 2016 – Instructional Design Manager, Kim Lindsey, has been elected by the Society for Technical Communication (STC) as an Associate Fellow.

“Kim is an amazing instructional designer, and a passionate cheerleader for STC, as shown by her 16-plus years of volunteering and dedication. We are beyond proud,” said Dan Keckan, VP of eLearning & Instructional Design, Cinécraft.

Since 2001 Kim has served in almost every capacity for the Northeast Ohio Chapter of STC (NEO STC), from Chapter Secretary to Chapter President. She has received the NEO STC Distinguished Chapter Service Award in 2014, NEO STC Volunteer Recognition Achievement Award in 2009 and NEO STC Committee of the Year Award in 2008.

An STC Associate Fellow is a Senior Member who has been formally recognized by the Society for having attained distinction in the field of technical communication. Associate Fellows are among the stars of their profession. They usually have held multiple leadership positions, published papers, or written articles or books; they’ve given dozens of presentations and mentored those who are new to our field.

For more than 75 years, Cinécraft has been a leading resource for the creation of video and eLearning in the United States.