Video Production for eLearning

Blended Learning Course

In this workshop you will learn practical techniques for producing high-quality video that go beyond boring talking-head video with slides. You will learn how to conduct pre-production tasks and determine what equipment you need to create high-quality video. You will tap into your creativity while learning the techniques for scripting and storyboarding video and applying storytelling practices. You will also gain an understanding of post-production processes.

This is a blended learning offering combining live online training that starts in early October and face-to-face training taking place at the DevLearn 2014 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 25 and 26. To find more information on location and lodging, click here.

Course Description:

In this course, you will learn practical techniques for producing high-quality video for eLearning.

  • Explore the entire video production process and create your own video
  • Learn about the equipment and software necessary to create video for eLearning, including:
    • Cameras
    • Microphones
    • Sound capture
    • Basic lighting setups
    • Video editing and compositing software
    • Audio software
    • Other software that helps make great video
  • Develop techniques for scripting and storyboarding
  • Apply storytelling practices to your video productions

The blended learning workshop combines:

  • Three live instructor-led training sessions in our virtual classroom
  • Four weeks of activities and online discussions
  • A two-day in-person workshop held at the DevLearn 2014 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Course Objectives: In this course, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of video as a creative process and tap into your creativity
  • Learn about the equipment and software necessary to create video for eLearning
  • Learn how to conduct pre-production tasks, including location planning and scouting, working with SMEs and talent, microphones and sound capture, and basic lighting setups
  • Apply different storytelling practices, ranging from scripted narrative to live documentary moviemaking to the learning problems you are trying to solve
  • Learn the techniques for scripting and storyboarding video for eLearning
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the video production process, from pre-production to production (shooting) to post-production (editing, etc.)

Syllabus

The following topics are covered:

SESSION ONE: October 6

In this session, you will view eLearning videos of all sorts and qualities followed by a discussion of what makes good eLearning video and the practical aspects of making that video work for you. While watching the videos, you will participate in a discussion of what the video creation process involves as well as what the creative process is in video—where the inspiration comes from. You will also participate in a discussion of how to think about and create a video before you shoot the first frame. You will learn some basic production techniques, along with some basic editing principles. Your post-session assignment will be to create a very short video with at least three edits. There will also be two video tutorials to review on your own.

SESSION TWO: October 13

In this session, you will view the short videos created from the previous session’s assignment. You will work on the principles of shot selection, along with some shooting techniques, including camera and lighting placement to ensure you get the shot you want. You will also learn how to complete simple but effective audio and video editing, along with some special techniques and video editing do’s and don’ts. There will be video tutorials to review on your own, which cover the topics demonstrated in class. Your post-session assignment will have you applying some of the techniques you learned.

SESSION THREE: October 21

In this session you will view the short videos created from the previous session’s assignment. You will then learn about some advanced editing techniques, along with do’s and don’ts. The instructor will demonstrate how video is an iterative process and how iterations can tighten up and polish your video to make a memorable video that sticks with learners. There will be video tutorials to review on your own that cover the topics demonstrated in class. Your post-session assignment will be to ideate on a script for your unique assignment in Las Vegas.

SESSION FOUR: October 25 and 26, Las Vegas, Nevada

These two days will involve the actual content creation based on all you’ve learned during the last three sessions. On day one, you’ll go over the scripts and shooting plans for the day. Next, you’ll be off-site to begin shooting your video. At 4:00 PM, you’ll regroup in the classroom and debrief on the day. On day two, you’ll concentrate on editing the video in the morning as a rough cut and making final cuts and polishing the video in the afternoon.

Who Should Attend:

This is an intermediate-level workshop. While participants do not need to have experience in video production, a working knowledge of cameras and adult learning will be helpful.

Pricing:

$1195.00 USD: Rate for Associates and Non-members
$995.00 USD: Rate for Associates and Non-members with DevLearn Registration
$956.00 USD: for eLearning Guild paid members
$756.00 USD: for eLearning Guild paid members with DevLearn Registration

Learn more about other registration discounts for which you may qualify.

Dates & Times:

  • Monday, October 6: Live Online Training from noon – 2:00 PM PT
  • Monday, October 13: Live Online Training from noon – 2:00 PM PT
  • Tuesday, October 21: Live Online Training from noon 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PT
  • Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26: In-person training (DevLearn 2014 Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada) from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM local time

Instructor:

Stephen Haskin directs and consults for eLearning projects and video and is the author of several books about media and learning. He has worked with digital video and eLearning since the late 1980s, and he has been at the forefront of streaming media.

Additional Information:

Duration: Four weeks, with activities between sessions, combining virtual live online training and a face-to-face workshop taking place at the DevLearn 2014 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 25 and 26.

Class Size: Class size limited to 20.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites.

Requirements: A computer; Internet connectivity; a working computer headset (this course will use VoIP); video camera. Guild Academy live online training courses use Adobe Connect 9—more info.

Other Technology Needs: A laptop for in-person session and a video camera (regular or DSLR that is video capable is ideal, although smartphones can also be used). Optional equipment: A tripod; installed Adobe software (or 30-day free trial): Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Audition, and Illustrator, or Mac with Final Cut Pro or similar video editing program, compositing program, audio editing program, pixel-based editor, and vector-based editor.