Part of the struggle every Instructional Designer faces is choosing the appropriate vehicle for your training project. Sometimes its creating an elearning course sometimes its an interactive job aid, a video, podcast and sometimes its a quick, instructor led demo.  The list is endless.

e-Books perfect for training, but don’t take my word for it.

Let me show you.

I became fascinated with e-Books about a year ago. Imagine, at a conference or a simple download from a website. It is interactive. Excellent on iPads or any mobile device that has a reader. (iOS and OSX products come with iBook and Android Readium for Chrome is terrific.

Compared to clunky PDFs, e-Books or ePubs are great for mobile training.

Check out the ePUB on my portfolio page.

Since my explosion onto the video a few years ago, I feel, I am in a constant state of learning.

Micro learnings, are mini explosions of knowledge that we all gobble up, throughout the day. In the work place via eLearning but most of us via youtube.

I love the idea of exploring new terrain and so the idea of postcard videos is quick content that tells a story…and hopefully transmits a nugget or two of knowledge.

I am a self proclaimed youtube video learner. I assume like many.  Leading into 2019, I made a promise to grab my video gear as often as I can.

Vlogging is a great way to learn how to achieve different perspectives for your training videos.

In this one, I am using my new lens the Canon 16-35mm and the GoPro HERO 7.

A few years ago, I was bit by the video storytelling virus. And explainer videos have always been at the heart of my drive in multimedia development for training.

So what are explainer videos? Similar to many commercials, they are short videos that provide important details about a product, service or idea with the goal of supporting a brand, sales leads, or increase awareness.

I recently completed an animation course through  School of Motion, where I created my own explainer video using After Effects. (all artwork,music,voiceover school property).

I am in no means an animation ninja, but I would gladly accept, self-declared yellow belt.

What I learned. Even though, I am a tourist, when it comes to animation and After Effects, the value is in the movement of objects, creating designs for users to easily follow to create impactful training.

Time lapse is how I feel days and weeks fly by, but this type of photography is a whole bunch of fun and many learning curves along the way.

I am still learning camera settings for this type of photography, especially when the timeframe is night to day or day to night. This one in Montreal, I did start changing the speed and ISO.

I completed this excellent course from Emeric Timelapse. Still redoing his courses completely helps. Repetition & Practice are my biggest friends. To start making some of this magic, I used Lightroom, LRTimelapse5, Premier Pro or After Effects.

Practice is the best of all instructors

Publilius Syrus

Take any photo and make it move. This is a great way to animate photos in your videos. I love this tutorial by Peter McKinnon.

It was my first one, but I think this little nugget is a keeper!