72 Tips for Using Media to Engage and Teach

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May 5, 2014

by Karen Forni

Many organizations expect eLearning designers and developers to be experts in multiple forms of media, including full-motion video, voiceovers, multiple audio effects, and animations that go far beyond flying bullet points and spinning logos.

But few of us have formal education and training in videography, narration, sound design, audio and video editing, and animation design and development. And few of us know what mix of hardware and software will produce the required level of quality for the videos, audio, and animations we produce. It’s no wonder so many of us either choose to outsource our multimedia learning elements, or throw up our hands and say, “Text, images, and the occasional sound clip are good enough!”

Don’t despair! With today’s hardware and software, capturing and producing professional-quality multimedia for learning is easier than ever, and multimedia best practices are well established. For this eBook, we asked 17 learning professionals who have worked successfully with multimedia for learning to share their best tips. The 72 tips cover topics including:

  • Planning, process, and instructional design for media
  • Making media accessible
  • Recording live video
  • Creating whiteboard and animated videos
  • Editing and incorporating video
  • Recording live audio
  • Editing and incorporating audio
  • Podcasting

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