BYOL: DIY Whiteboard Animation

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DevLearn 2016 Conference & Expo - November 16, 2016

Sarah Dewar

Educational Technology Specialist
Michael Garron Hospital

People are drawn to whiteboard animations (pardon the pun!). Watching the story unfold before your eyes creates a memorable and lasting impression—and can often provide a better transfer of knowledge. But the cost of producing whiteboard animation can be prohibitive. If you’re a freelance developer, work in a not-for-profit organization, or have a minimal budget, whiteboard animation can be out of reach. Or is it?

In this session, you’ll learn how to use VideoScribe to create engaging whiteboard animations for a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional developer. You can quickly assemble your animated clips using the built-in library of images. Or, with even a tiny bit of artistic talent, you can create your own images using vector editing software. Combining your animations with an audio track and narration provides a cost-effective way of creating explainer videos, digital stories, simulations, and more. Your whiteboard animations can be great stand-alone eLearning pieces, or they can be combined with other, more traditional learning modalities.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to create simple whiteboard animations usingVideoScribe
  • What you’ll want to include when you storyboard your ideas
  • How to add audio and narration to your animation
  • How to draw your own images for animation (no artistic talent required!)
  • How to integrate your animation into a traditional eLearning course

Audience:
Novice and intermediate designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
VideoScribe, Adobe Illustrator, and Inkscape.

Technology required:
VideoScribe (note: Download the seven-day free trial at videoscribe.co the day before you attend the workshop) and Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape (you must have a working knowledge of whichever software you choose).

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