|Storyline! - but not for everything!|
- Check out a set of areas: elements, typography, people, colours!
- Come up with some slides for look and feel: prototyping
- Sense of "person" important to reinforce emotional connection
- Starting with brainstorming - what's the topic?
- Visualise - images from different areas, representing a variety
- Identify a set of image covering the topic in different ways
- Establish the one that is spot on, yet provides a new and striking aspect "eye-catching"
A 'just for fun' tip on the side: Download RIBBON HERO 2, a plugin for MS Office 2010 which teaches some Office Skills in an entertaining way!
Dragos Ciobanu (the guy in the white shirt in the picture below) seems to have an amazingly positive energy for all things e-learning, including Articulate Studio and Storyline, and he told us that the University of Leeds has more than 200 licences for the software already, and he's hoping for lots more! He and his colleague Tamara Bloom did show some examples of what the licences have been used for:
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Alan Williams, Nottingham, reported about a BLS resource created with students, starting with story boarding. In his comparison of a student group and a tutor group he found that both groups had quite different approaches. As far as I understood he asked himself if students can develop resources. He found that this question can be answered with a 'yes' when their work starts with already established resources, and the students translate them into learning packages.
It seems important for me to note here that resources created with Articulate gained an overall positive feedback from students. Some tips for creating resources, based on student feedback:
- Not too much to read per slide
- Good and imaginative use of images
- Video/audio clips: no longer than 5 minutes
- Internet links with guidance
- Task pointers which allow working offline as well
Apart from the fact that it was very encouraging to spend a whole day in the company of people who are pretty enthusiastic about what they're doing - which is all related to e-learning - the impressions and information I gathered gave me a great start into my own storyline 'story'. Can't wait to get a licence soon, to further explore the main Storyline features - working with triggers, layers, states and variables. Last but not least - one of the Storyline highlights is its HTML 5 output for iPads and other mobile devices!