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Thank you for visiting my long-running Instructional Design and eLearning Development blog. I am now focused on freelance writing (please feel free to visit

Although I no longer work in eLearning Development, I am still available to work as a Senior Instructional Designer, as long as you don’t need me to have licensed eLearning tools. My ISD writing and designing “tools” (my brain and my creativity) are super strong and ready for your project!

What’s New?

Due to their continued popularity, I am keeping my blog posts on Instructional Systems Design (ISD) and on eLearning Development published at this blog site. However, I’m not maintaining this site on a regular basis, and Comments are now closed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

I’m grateful for all the clients and colleagues I had the immense pleasure working with from 2008 to 2015 in the eLearning and Instructional Design field. Thank you for a terrific “ride”!

I hope you’ll join me over at Jenise Cook | Freelance Writer

Thank you!


Testimonials from Clients and Colleagues: New Page

Note: Do you need an experienced freelance writer? Visit my new Freelance Writer site today! Select (opens in a new window). has a wonderful feature where clients and colleagues can write Recommendations. These Recommendations display on my LinkedIn profile. Over time, however, the site seems to “bury” the thoughtful comments people have written, making it difficult to find them.

You can read them by visiting my presentation on SlideShare.



How to Avoid Small Business Grant Scams

Betty Wang posted a helpful article yesterday (October 7, 2013) on the blog site on how to become aware of “free money” grant scammers who target small business.

Betty writes:

Small business grants are great if you can get them, but there are some scams that you need to be aware of.
For example, one scam offers a great-sounding deal: Fork over a small “pre-funding fee” as a down payment, in order to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in Small Business Development Center grants to start an e-commerce business. The scammers used the SBDC’s letterhead to make the ruse appear legit, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports.
So how can you tell if the small business grant offer you’re considering is real? Here are five red flags to watch out for:

(Continue reading by selecting the link below.)



How to Find Us on YouTube

Finally on YouTube

This week I finally uploaded a few videos of work samples to YouTube*. You can find them here:

Image of Ridge View Media's channel on YouTube.


I’ll be adding more current samples between now and year end. Please subscribe and share the link to your channel with us!

On Another Note

Early this year, Mark and I accepted a very short-term project to help a client’s client get out of a very tough “jam”. After just one week submitting our work, I received a GLOWING email testimonial from the client’s client. I’m glad they are happy with our work, but I’m especially glad we get to help a learning company through a tough time. I understand what they’re going through. I put myself in their “shoes”, and that’s why we gave them our very best effort.

*Note: As of 2016, the videos on my YouTube Channel are ad supported.


How to Return to Blogging

How do you return to blogging on a regular basis after a hiatus, sabbatical, or whatever term you’d use to describe an absence from blogging?

We’ve had several delicious items on our plate lately, and I’ve been wondering how continue with that buffet and return to writing at this cyber location. Honestly, “the voice” inside my head has said one phrase only, over and over: “Just do it, and set up a schedule to publish regular blog posts.”

Yea. I didn’t want to hear that in my head, but it’s true. Simple as that. “Just do it.”

I may post only a few times a month until this blog becomes a regular on my Calendar, but I do see from the Site Stats that people do still visit this blog!

Thank you, people! I so appreciate that you find value here. I’ll try and continue adding value as I know your time is limited.

The Most Popular Posts on My Blog

Take a look at the two posts that consistently continue to get visitors every day:

How to Estimate Training Time and Costs

How to Determine Hourly Rates for Independent Consultants

Feel free to share those two links with others!

Note: Do you need an experienced blogger? Visit my new Freelance Writer site today! Select (opens in a new window).