According to Statista, there are over 2.1 billion smartphone users worldwide. Of that number, 207 million of them are located in the United States. I assume if you’re working in e-Learning, you are one of those 207 million!
Smartphone owners take lots of pictures and videos as they go through their daily lives and I’m no exception. For example, I was out for a walk and took a short video of a small creek running under a bridge at my local park. At the time, I had nothing specific in mind regarding how I might use it and just stored it away in my graphic assets folder. Fortunately, a new Articulate challenge titled, Record, Edit, and Share Your Own Stock Videos for e-Learning, (#166) came along.
The goal of the challenge was to record one or more short, looping video clips to use in e-Learning. If you were up to the task, you could also build a simple slide or interaction to show how your video asset could be used. Here’s what I came up with.
When I saw this challenge, the first thing I needed to do was to find a video from my library. After searching for a few minutes, I came across the video I mentioned earlier. Once I had my video in hand, it was time to come up with a topic to complement it. After doing a little “Googling” I decided it would be nice to mock-up a sample course that taught people about how important water is in our daily lives.
My Design Thoughts
For the title screen, I inserted the MP4 video which included the sounds of the running creek. I also added a transparent rectangle over the front of the video to keep someone from accidentally pausing it If I would have had more time on this challenge, I would have added the sound of birds to make it more inviting and edited the video a little closer to make the looping more seamless.
To keep the theme going, I created a simple water-based logo and matched the border at the bottom with the colors in the video. I also reused the logo in the hover effect on the menu that appears on the second slide. If you look closely at the menu slide, you’ll also notice I reused the title screen video inside the monitor sitting on the desk.
Please keep in mind this demo is just a simple prototype to show you how I might use the video in an e-Learning module/course; therefore, you’ll only find two slides (title and menu screen). I hope you enjoy this sample. It took about 45 minutes to build the demo, write the post and upload it to my website.