Welcome to my second attempt to blog about this week’s topic of Online Training and Learning. I had completed a post but decided to let it sit so I could come back and tweak it later. It seems, however, that my draft was not automatically saved. Bummer! Lesson learned about WordPress.
We have two articles for this week: “Learning to Teach Through Video” by Kim Leeder and “The Messy Art of UX Sketching” by Peiter Buick.
“The Messy Art of UX Sketching” touched on the value of sketching out ideas to map out a project. It suggests that sketching out scenarios is more efficient than creating website layouts or getting caught up in the technology of the software used. The advantages of storyboarding can be seen in any making of documentary of a film. Each hand sketched panel sets up a scene which can easily be moved to another area in the preliminary editing of the flow of the story. This article lays out some sketching basics that can be used prior to adding the technology phase.
“Learning to Teach Through Video”discusses some good practices for creating tutorial videos. It covers the usual subjects of pedagogy, principles of multimedia learning, software and the planning stages which includes the above mentioned storyboarding. The best information given in the article is summed up in the section on pedagogy:
So our students need to go through several steps to make meaning out of what we teach them: first, by paying attention; second, by making sense out of it; and third, by applying it to what they already know about the topic. As a result, educators using multimedia need to be thoughtful about the amount of information we’re providing through video and audio channels, and the pace at which we’re providing the information, to ensure that we’re giving students enough time to process it in ways that make sense to them. If we provide too much information at once, we cause cognitive overload, at which point our students shut down, lose interest, or otherwise simply stop learning.
…er, so Keep It Short & Simple?
The author continues:
When beginning a new video tutorial, the most critical elements are the most basic ones: (i) identifying the audience, (ii) determining the goal or goals, and (iii) breaking down the task into its most basic elements. It’s always helpful to state the video’s goals at the start of the tutorial, and restate them again at the end to reinforce the message. The clearer the message of a video, the less cognitive load it will require from the students who are trying to make sense out of it, and the more brainpower they will have left to process and internalize the skills being taught.
…so, yeah, Keep It Short & Simple.
I have attached a storyboard for a short video on how to create an ILLiad account for Interlibrary Loans: ILLVideoPowell