I have created online videos and interactive teaching interfaces for most of my career as a designer. One of the biggest e-learning projects I worked on was the Hummer multimedia repair manual for the Army. I designed and programmed the user interface, and then headed up a team of designers to create the interactive movies. The manual included text, video, voice-overs, graphics and sound in two languages inside an interactive interface. The final project included hundreds of files and movies. We achieved this herculean feat in less than 6 months.
The software used by my last client, MediaBistro, required that I cut the video/sound in one shot—editing was not allowed. So, I could not make a mistake or I would have to do the recording all over again. I had to read from a script while running the accompanying visuals on screen. I felt a bit like a Chameleon, with one eye on my paper and the other on the computer. The students reported that my tutorials were their favorites; I like to think that they enjoyed my sense of humor. In the end, I created over 100 movies for MediaBistro.
E-Learning enables anyone to learn at their own pace. Featured in this collection is a sampling of a series of videos I created for Media Bistro and Create Magazine about how to design on the web.
The process of producing these e-learning tutorials was very involved:
- brainstorming with the editor
- gathering the content (visuals)
- arranging the information
- writing the voice-over script
- cutting the video/voice-over
- editing the video/sound
- uploading the finished files
Below are the various skills that I employ as an eLearning designer.
eLearning Skills | Software
- Adobe CS/Adobe CC
- Adobe AfterEffects
- Adobe Premiere
- Adobe InDesign
- Audio Editing
- Adobe Captivate
- eBook Publishing
- Print Publishing
- Video Publishing/Editing
- Voice-over Talent
eLearning Soft Skills/Creative Skills
- Ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences
- Knowledge of adult learning techniques and theory
- Experience and ability to adapt to various learning styles
- Content Creation
- Content Management
- Curriculum/Program Development
- User Experience Design
- User Interface Design
I coined the phrase, “Gummy Bear Awards” for this tutorial on how to make websites more “sticky” through good user interface design.
In this tutorial series, I get to be a police officer and report on crimes in user interface design.
How to apply basic design principles from the Bauhaus movement to contemporary UI design.
Video tutorials: How to Use Gestalt Psychology in User Interface Design
What happens when the client gives you too much information, and how to fix it with great user interface design.