Coming hot on the heels of our recent raving success of a presentation for The eLearning Guild, Lee Rodrigues and I are (way too) excited to be presenting again for the first time at DevLearn 2015. Our session is entitled: Video Within Reach: Myth-Busting & Testing To Greatness, and in it we’ll be showing attendees how to prioritize learning content and scale video production to the available resources.

Here’s the gist of what that means for laypeople:

  1. Following good cinematic advice is often overkill for training
  2. Figuring out what works best in your case is an adventure, not a formula
  3. Designing within your constraints is the only way to go, and we’ll show you how before you leave

After our experience making YouTube Certified Online, Lee and I are definitely two of the best guys around to speak on this particular topic. Among the many congratulations I’ve received for winning one of these fairly competitive speaking slots, a couple folks have asked me how we got in. I’ve submitted 5 or 6 proposals to DevLearn over the years (some with Lee and on similar topics), and none of these made the cut. I really have no idea why this one made it in, especially after I tried to cancel this proposal and swap in a different one in its place at the last minute. (Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t say that too loudly?) Maybe it’s just because we have “Myth-Busting” in our session title and Adam Savage from Mythbusters is doing a keynote… In any case, finally getting accepted to the conference couldn’t come at a better time, as I’m rebooting my business and seeking public speaking opportunities (plus it’s on my “Before 40 list“!). 

DevLearn really is THE conference of the year for anyone involved in learning & technology. And as if it wasn’t huge enough all by itself, this year it’s co-located with the Adobe Learning Summit at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Oh yeah, this is gonna be good!

If you’re into this kinda thing, here’s our official workshop writeup:

709 Video Within Reach: Mythbusting and Testing to Greatness

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Friday, October 2

There are things that prevent us from making the great video learning content that we are capable of. Sometimes these things are technical, sometimes they are budgetary, but mostly they are due to our misconceptions about what is involved. While some blaze into situations making bigger promises than they can ever deliver, others scare themselves out of ever getting started in the first place. Most of us fall in between, perpetuating common video myths without even knowing it.

The truth is, great video learning content does not have to be expensive or complicated. It just has to work within your particular constraints. In this session, you will learn what kind of content for learning makes the best content for video. You will gain a better understanding of the best designs, scripts, tools, and techniques to fit your organizational context. In this session, you will find the answers to your questions and create a preliminary action plan for your video learning projects.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What learning content makes the best video content for your organization
  • How to test your way to the best designs, scripts, specs, tools, and techniques for your environment
  • To address fears and questions about video learning
  • To create a preliminary action plan

Audience:
Novice and intermediate designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Workflowy, Scrivener, GoogleDocs, iPhone/iPad, GoPro, YouTube, JW Player, Camtasia, Screenflow, Captivate, FinalCutPro, Premiere, Litmos, Moodle, Saba.

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