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Current Project - Updated Weekly

Poverty-Awareness Simulation

This portion of the project includes eLearning modules, microlearning modules, and infographics. Main topics are based on previously-recorded live training.

The Open Door

The Open Door is the largest food pantry in Dakota County, MN.

They serve over 180,000 people in this community and have over 850 volunteers.

Problem & Solution

Volunteers at The Open Door are often unaware of how their lives are fundamentally different from the people they serve. It isn't easy to imagine living life in poverty if you've never experienced it first-hand. The Open Door has hosted a series of live poverty-awareness and sensitivity training but wants to make them asynchronous, more interactive, and available on-demand. This would make it available to all volunteers, not just those who attended the live training.


I used the previous training recordings to outline the major topics to be covered in the learning material. I proposed a scenario-based approach to increase engagement and empathy.

The next challenge was to make the learning material as time-proof as possible. The eLearning modules in the project will remain more general, while infographics will illustrate the current statistics in the county and be created in easy-to-update graphic design software.

My Process


After much research and analysis of previous training, I scripted the first eLearning module. Once all of the content had been created and agreed upon by stakeholders, I put together a storyboard of style templates to send for approval. After feedback and a few iterations, a cohesive design was reached which would also guide the rest of the deliverables in the project.


Development in Vyond and Storyline is currently underway. In this module, the volunteer will navigate life at or near the poverty line. The challenge of building this module is the complexity of branching scenarios. 

vyond draft 1
storyline draft 1
vyond draft 2
storyline draft 2
review 360


Coming soon

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