26 May 2010

Thiagi: An irreverent and engaging Instructional Designer

Thiagi (aka Sivasailam Thiagarajan, Ph. D.) started his consulting business in 1976 from his basement. Now, 30 years later, he continues to operate the same business in pursuit of the same mission.

Here's a video from youtube that, although long, is a pleasure to watch.


25 May 2010

Kinetic Typography & Motion Graphics

These videos aren't necessarily educational, but they demonstrate fantastic technique in digital artistry. Such skill can be applied toward creating engaging educational experiences for learners. Hopefully, we will approach this in the future.

This first video demonstrates kinetic typography. The style can be achieved using a combination of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects. This video was made by Sebastian Lange.

Flickermood 2.0 from Sebastian Lange on Vimeo.
Fraser Davidson is a senior animator and designer at Mainframe, London creating TV adverts, music videos and channel branding. His clients include brands like Sony, MTV, BBC, Nike & Guinness. Here's an example of his work.

Fraser Davidson Showreel 2010 from Fraser Davidson on Vimeo.



21 May 2010

Adobe Adds HTML5 and CSS3 Support To CS5

Adobe rolls out HTML5 and CSS3 support within CS5. If you have CS5, go to Adobe Labs and download the Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 HTML5 Pack.

Adobe® Dreamweaver® CS5 HTML5 Pack is an extension for Adobe Dreamweaver CS5. This extension provides features to help users generate HTML5 and CSS3 code. Features include Multiscreen Preview, Media Query support, code hinting, starter layouts, and WebKit updates for rendering enhancements.

More information at the Adobe blog.

Finally, here's an excerpt from Google I/O 2010 demonstrating some capabilities of HTML5, CSS3, and how Adobe is working to integrate the language into CS5.

Online Learning: Academic Earth

Academic Earth is yet another website demonstrating the proliferation and effectiveness of online learning. The video lectures cover a wide array of subject matter, and are given by some of the best teachers in the world.

"Media, Education and the Marketplace" is one course offered by Academic Earth. Lecture 5, "MIT/Media Studies Educational Uses of Technology - Steven Lerman" is embedded below. To watch the course in it's entirety, follow this link: Media, Education and the Marketplace, Shigeru Miyagawa

Watch it on Academic Earth

02 May 2010

Screen Capture Software & YouTube

I've spent a lot of time learning online and think most people do the same. When I get a new piece of software, one of the first things to do is search YouTube for related videos. After watching so many of them, I realize good screen capture software is essential for anyone wanting to demonstrate and explain software or coding. Taking several hours to learn about various screen capture software options, I realized ScreenFlow is the best solution for me. Probably the biggest factor in my decision is that most of my favorite instructional videos are made with ScreenFlow.

Below is the first video I made with ScreenFlow. There's nothing particularly instructional about it- just me noodling around in Ableton Live. The purpose in making it was to become more familiar with ScreenFlow. It's fun and easy to use, and the only negative I see is slight video artifacts which seem to be introduced as keyboard shortcuts are displayed on screen. Luckily this is an option users can disable.

Also, I'd like to invite you to my YouTube channel. Most recently I've subscribed to a handful of users who focus on instructional design and e-learning. Later, I'll organize it to feature my favorite instructional design videos. My user name on YouTube is xg95.

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