Robert Smelser

Captivate Expert • Designer • Public Speaker •

I am an experienced graphic designer, advanced Adobe Captivate eLearning designer, and a capable and versatile public speaker. I love helping others succeed and creating environments where creativity and confidence can flourish.


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 - June 2013


Butler University

Bachelor of Arts
Music Education

GPA: 3.5

August 1997 - May 2001

Software and Programming Experience


  • May 2016 - ATD Captivate 9 Certification
  • October 2019 - Captivate 2019 Adobe Captivate Certified Specialist


When not designing eLearning modules, I spend most of my time with my daughter, going on imaginary adventures and making plans to save the world. I am active in teaching a variety of Bible classes at the congregation I attend, and I help with their social media presence. I'm also an active member of Toastmasters, serving in many roles for my club.

I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy genre movies, books, and games. I actively participate in the autism community to help promote neurodivergent acceptance, and I occasionally donate simple websites for small congregations and businesses.

Though I'm no longer in the classroom, I still have a deep love and connection to music, and I enjoy a variety of musical genres over several periods of music history. I can play trumpet, French horn, and am learning guitar.


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

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