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.

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Work Experience

Senior Media Specialist


Responsibilities include developing interactive and accessible eLearning products; design leadership; new employee Captivate training and continuous coaching and mentoring; providing thought and design leadership; and team representation in internal and client-facing settings.

June 2018 - Present

Senior Media Developer

HighPoint Digital

In addition to the Media Developer role, responsibilities included design leadership; coaching 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 - May 2023

Media Developer

HighPoint Digital

Responsibilities included developing interactive, and accessible eLearning modules for multiple clients; creating beautiful and on-brand visual materials for business development needs; 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.

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
  • September 2022 - International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC)


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