On December 15, 1921, near Johnston, Pennsylvania, a young man entered this world. At the age of 12, he moved with his family to Salem, Ohio, where he played trombone and formed his first band, the Sultans of Swing. During his college days at Ohio State, this young man came to the conclusion that being a professional musician was not “in the cards” and fell in love with radio. Who was that man?
It was Albert James Freed of course. Freed was credited with coining the term, “rock and roll,” or as some called the music, “an inciter of juvenile delinquency”. So, what do Albert James Freed and e-Learning have to do with each other you ask? That’s easy, E-Learning Rock Band #143 Challenge from the e-Learning Heroes community site. For this challenge, the goal was to design an interactive graphic or micro site for a fictitious e-learning rock band.
I had a lot of fun creating this demo sample. It took about 2 hours to design and build and includes photos, video, and some rockin’ music designed to play while you view the band’s “website”. If you are interested in learning how this demo was constructed, read on. If not, click on any of the images to launch the demo in a new window.
Behind the Scenes Design Notes
The entire sample demo consists of three slides.
Title Slide Design Notes
I used a photograph I took several months ago for the title slide. It’s an acoustic Yamaha guitar that has been broken into four pieces using ImageSplitter, a tool I discussed in my Top 200 Tools for Learning 2016 post. I created the guitar pick using PowerPoint. To keep with the music theme, I used a guitar strum sound (MP3) found at FreeSFX and animated the guitar pick to fade in from the bottom. A trigger was added to jump to the next slide when you click the guitar pick.
Second Slide Design Notes
The transparent rectangles and guitar image fade out and take your directly into an MP4 video. To ensure all animations were in sync, text and visuals were created within Camtasia Studio before importing the MP4 video into Storyline 2.
To make sure you cannot stop the video once it starts, I’ve placed a transparent rectangle over the top of the video in the timeline.
I hope you enjoy this demo and the sarcasm behind it when it comes to the myth of learning styles. If you believe that by diagnosing learners based on their learning styles, and then using that diagnosis to guide instruction, learning will be improved, then take a few minutes to check out these two articles: Learning Styles are NOT an Effective Guide for Learning Design and Learning styles: Worth our time?
Are you a “visual” learner? Then check this one out.