Robert Smelser

Captivate Expert • Designer

I am an experienced graphic designer and advanced Adobe Captivate eLearning designer. I love helping others succeed and creating environments where creativity and confidence can flourish.

Work Experience

Senior Media Developer

HighPoint Digital

In addition to the Media Developer role, responsibilities include pursuing innovations and new delivery methods for eLearning modules; coaching other employees on multiple versions of Adobe Captivate, other Creative Suite applications, and accessibility best practices; providing thought and design leadership; helping manage projects; and allocating resources over multiple contracts.

March 2018 - Present

Media Developer

HighPoint Digital

Responsibilities included developing high-quality, interactive, and accessible eLearning modules for multiple clients; creating beautiful and on-brand visual materials for corporate and business development needs; provide peer reviews for product quality; and consulting with Instructional Designers to create good user experiences.

June 2013 - March 2018

General Music Teacher

Harrison Hill School of Inquiry and the Arts

Responsibilities included developing and maintaining high-quality curriculum
standards; managing large groups of children in single- and multi-age environments;
coordinating school programs; and managing multiple extracurricular activities.

August 2001 - May 2013

Notable Accomplishments

HighPoint Digital

  • Developed a process used across multiple contracts used for protecting personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI).
  • Created templates across multiple contracts for products designed in Word, PowerPoint, and Captivate.
  • Designed a portfolio of external marketing material, created branding for corporate awards, internal desktop wallpapers, and collateral related to a corporate-sponsored conference.
  • Helped develop and document onboarding procedures, documentation, and practice products for two project teams.
  • Helped drive the visual and functional design of multiple online curricula for multiple contracts, including coordinating one curriculum that received its highest-ever CSAT scores.
  • Redesigned multiple internal trainings.
  • Coordinated multiple contracts migrating from Captivate 7 to Captivate 2019, including training and documentation.
  • Coordinated multiple contracts migrating their eLearning products from Flash output to HTML5 output, including informing client browser upgrades to facilitate the process.
  • Helped coordinate multiple contracts migrate their eLearning publishing standard from SCORM 1.2 to SCORM 2004.

Harrison Hill Elementary

  • Created the school’s first social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
  • Grew the music extracurricular program from two choirs to four choirs, a guitar ensemble, and a recorder/percussion ensemble (called an Orff ensemble).
  • Led the third grade professional learning community.
  • Team lead for the special area classes.


Butler University

Bachelor of Arts
Music Education

GPA: 3.5

August 1997 - May 2001

Software and Programming Experience

  • Operating Systems - macOS, Windows, Ubuntu
  • Creative Tools - Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Captivate, Affinity Suite, Sketch
  • Office Tools - Apple iWork, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, Wordpress, Confluence, Jira
  • Coding - HTML, CSS


  • May 2016 - ATD Captivate 9 Certification
  • October 2019 - Captivate 2019 Adobe Captivate Certified Specialist
  • November 2020 - IDEO U Foundations in Design Thinking


These are examples of my work.

eLearning Samples

I have developed eLearning modules for a number of small and large clients, including a Department of Defense contractor and call centers serving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Right now, these images link to screenshots of projects.

a sample slide from a security training

Security Trainings

a sample slide from a Medicare training

Medicare Trainings

a sample slide from a call skills training

Call Skills Trainings

a sample slide from a gamified training

Call Skills Games

a sample slide from a gamified training

Additional Gamification

Collateral and Presentations

These are examples of public marketing materials, corporate wallpapers, and presentation slides I've created.

image of a corporate wallpaper

Marketing and Desktops

image of a powerpoint slide

Presentation Slides

Website Development

I've helped build websites for small businesses and congregations that might not otherwise be able to afford it. Here are two self-contained samples that will open in a new tab. External links and contact forms will not work.

image of a small business homepage

Playful Solutions

image of a church homepage

South Boone Church