Posts Tagged "audio"

Getting Beyond Bullet Points with visual and audio.

If you’ve not already read my previous blog post ‘Getting Beyond Bullet Points (visuals only)’ then I’d strongly suggest having a read of it before you read any more of this post. Why? Well for 2 reasons really: 1. The earlier post will provide you with the context behind this post. 2. The purpose of this specific post is to act as a comparison to the first post in this series, hence the benefit of viewing the first one! As you will have seen in the previous post, using the approach of images and single words in a presentation is certainly visually engaging, however where it falls down (as highlighted during my live session by Laura Dickson) is when the presenter/facilitator is no longer present to provide the narrative – the engaging presentation is now nothing more than a collection of images and out of context words. Here are the same slides that were contained in the earlier post, but this time with the narrative. Getting Beyond Bullet Points (with audio)   View more webinars from Craig Taylor Don’t forget, this is Part 2 in a series of posts surrounding my LSG11UK session. Part 1 – Getting Beyond Bullet Points with visuals only Part 2 – Getting Beyond Bullet Points with visual and audio Part 3 – Bringing in the backchannel Part 4 – The Learners Voice Part 5 – Getting Beyond Bullet Points live recorded podcast Part 6 – Tools and resources Did you get anything from the Slideshare? Why not let us know in the comments section?...

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A word of warning, be careful…

… as to what media you use if you are ever asked to produce a festive tip for the eLearning networks 24 tips advent calendar Why a warning? Well, because you might just be asked to facilitate a session on it at a future eLN event!! Joking aside, I was privileged to be asked by Rob Hubbbard to co-facilitate the recent eLN event How to produce rich media learning materials. This was something of a departure for an eLN event as it was planned to be very ‘hands on’, so it was great to be asked to be a part of it. Each of the speakers had been asked to promote their individual topic areas for 20 minutes. Not to delve into the technicalities and intricacies of each method, but to prick the interest of the attendees so that would be sufficiently enthused prior to the practical session in the afternoon. (that was the plan!) Here’s what the guys had to offer… Exploring the elements of online communication – Clive Shepherd Clive got us off to a great start by asking each table of delegates to consider a different media element; text, images, audio, animation, video and to suggest the pro’s and con’s of each. This was a fairly simple exercise, however he then asked us to consider which of the ‘other’ types of media would/wouldn’t work it and why. This stimulated a great deal of debate around the ‘mixing’ of media types. Why not give this simple exercise a go yourself? Writing for audio  – so that it works – Tony Frascina Tony conducted a great interactive exercise which involved each us all reviewing a small number of simple slides containing text and an image. As each of these slides were playing there was an accompanying audio track. The content within that audio track varied slightly for each slide ranging from being very similar to incredibly in-depth. Tony then asked us all to answer some paper based questions relating to the content that we had seen/read. I would like to say that I had taken a keener interest in this exercise as it would have been interesting to focus 100% on it, however as I was due to speak next I’m afraid that I was a little ‘distracted’! UPDATE – Fortunately Stephanie Dedhar has done a great job of reviewing this session. If a picture paints a 1000 words, how many does a moving, talking picture paint? – Craig Taylor I was quite pleased that I was asked to speak on this subject as the very nature of screencasting meant that I could use screencasts themselves to deliver the content. Simples! I chose to use Prezi as the vehicle to deliver the material. I had used Prezi in the (distant) past and hadn’t been too enthralled by its functionality, but I was pleased to discover that they appear to have made several welcome updates to the service. I’m still hoping that they will figure out a way to have accompanying audio, in the same ilk of PowerPoint and Slideshare and that they can come up with a way to use a remote presenter, so that I am not tied to my laptop whilst presenting. It is that lack of audio track which persuaded me to record my session and release it in  a future blog post podcast. If a picture paints a 1000 words, how many does a moving, talking picture paint? on Prezi Video editing - James Stoneley and Solomon Rogers James and Solomon rounded the morning off with an overview of recording video and editing. The feeling from some people on my table...

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I’m absolutely loving…

… the structure of the online Rapid eLearning Design programme that I have been undertaking for the past week. The ReD programme is the brain-child of @RobHubbard from LearningAge solutions who has cleverly set the premise of the programme around each of the delegates being ‘Junior Operatives’ in the fictitious Ministry of Instructional Design, but hey! Rob can do a much better job of explaining the premise in this video here. As I’m only a week into it it is a little difficult to offer any in-depth feedback, however what already deserves recognition is the way in which the programme is structured. Rob has done a great job of blending: Social Learning Rapid eLearning Immersive Learning Environments Self-directed learning Mind-maps Online assessments Peer-reviews Webinars and Blogs and we’ve only just finished Week 1! Whilst the above list may seem a hell of a lot to be participating in in a week, the real credit to the programme is the way in which it ‘just works’ from the learners perspective. There were a few interactions within the induction game, that caused me to raise an eyebrow as the responses that the characters provided did not neccesarily fit with what I considered to be a holistic approach to elearning; this was echoed by other members in the Ning site that acts as the social-learning element of the programme (we are thinking that the responses were deliberate, in order to spark debate) – I’ll be checking this with Rob tomorrow during the Week 2 webinar. There were 2 ‘assignments’ to undertake this week. One centred around the use of images in elearning (my submision is actually the header at the top of this Blog site!) and the other was around the use of audio in elearning. That submission can be heard below. Audio MP3Audio MP3 Audio intro/outro...

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