Hello again! Jan Noga here, owner of Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting, in Cincinnati, Ohio with some Rad Resources for making your virtual events pop.
Lesson Learned: Most resources for virtual teaching focus on using specific platforms. In the same vein, most workshop/instructional design resources focus on face to face situations rather than online. The ones provided here bridge both and will help you with instructional design and implementation of your online workshop (all available on Amazon in digital and hard copy).
- This is a really nice soup to nuts book on designing and implementing workshops, including digital ones. Hamilton starts with fundamental principles and criteria that make a good workshop and then moves to tips and techniques. A good one to have in your teaching library.
5 Formatting Tips for Creating Dyslexia-Friendly E-Learning
- One of the many resources available in Articulate’s community resource center (https://community.articulate.com/articles/5-formatting-tips-for-creating-dyslexia-friendly-e-learning). This short article is a must and addresses design elements every presenter should pay attention to.
- A good resource, especially if you’re new to online teaching. I liked that Huggett focuses on the fundamental skillset that online instructors need to develop and use in virtual settings.
- This is more specific to workplace training but provides a good framework for creating teaching stories.
- A good resource for learning about engaging a group of people in a process. It provides skill-building for just about any context: meetings, trainings, classroom learning, presentations, you name it.
Lesson Learned: It’s even easier to commit death by PowerPoint in virtual settings than it is face to face. I suffered through some real stinkers that couldn’t even be offset by the shared experience of being in the same room with other sufferers.
The three most frequently recommended DIY whiteboard animation software packages:
Doodly by Bryxen (https://www.doodly.com/)
- This package offers monthly and annual subscriptions for both standard and enterprise users. If you’re on Facebook, Doodly will run ads offering special one-time rather than subscription pricing.
- Like Doodly, VideoScribe offers monthly and yearly subscriptions for different use levels. One-time purchasing is also available without having to wait for a special. They also offer a free trial period.
My Simple Show (https://www.mysimpleshow.com/)
- Like the others, there are monthly and yearly subscriptions at three user levels.
- There is also a free version with a limited set of tools and images if you have no budget for purchasing software.
Full service providers
- If you’re looking for the full package, there are several providers including Articulate (previously the Articulate Presenter – https://articulate.com/360) who will support your design needs for training and professional development.
There are many, many other resources that are also handy, helpful, and informative. If you have questions or want more information, feel free to contact me.
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