The case for clip art and stock photography
Clive on Learning
MARCH 6, 2009
When it comes to the sourcing of visual aids, you would not hesitate to have a photographer carry out a photo shoot (even if this involved hiring models, booking studios, elaborate location shots and endless Photoshop manipulation of the results); you'd have no qualms about asking a graphic designer to put together complex Flash animations or an illustrator to do, well, illustrations. That's when I turn to clip art and stock photography. And there's a lot of poor clip art and stock photography out there which is horribly cheesy and, worse still, over-used.
How to Convince Higher Ups That “Fun” eLearning Is Good Business
APRIL 2, 2013
When we add game elements and/or highly visual interactions to learning, we create a more powerful experience that can motivate and engage learners in ways that “Click NEXT to continue reading with stock photography” courses never will. During videos and animations, the BBPs flash across the screen on Wild West style “Wanted” signs. This is Part 2. Email. Job Title.
WAR: Articulate Storyline Losing Battle to Adobe Captivate
JUNE 12, 2012
At first glance, I have to say that e-Learning Studio provides more bang for the buck (this package comes with Captivate, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign). If you are a seasoned e-Learning pro, or you have a competant team, then this is basically a no-brainer - but that's not to say that Storyline doesn't have its own place in the mix.
Finding Good Photos for Your eLearning Scenarios
OCTOBER 30, 2009
Do you struggle with finding good stock photos to use in your eLearning scenarios? eLearning Art provides royalty free stock photos, images, and other assets to help you create some cool stuff in your own authoring tools. They’ve also got cartoon assets and some animated flash characters. Or will you stick with free online stock photos? Tags: photography scenarios You might find the right guy to play the role of the client in your story, but there’s only three shots of him and he looks like a goofball in one of them. So then do you go do a custom photo shoot?
ARTICULATE NON EST REX – 3 REASONS HIGHER ORDER LEARNING IS BEYOND THE MOAT
OCTOBER 26, 2012
At one point I ordered up a truly engaging interactive and the developer with whom I worked finally resorted to a mash up of Flash squeezed into an Articulate shell to create the most creative piece to come out of the that shop. Plus it migrates to either Flash or HTML5. Overall, results were measured by the number of courses that made it from a facilitators guide to the LMS at the lowest possible costs measured against production hours, stock photography purchases and additional matter—music or more robust narration for example. mean they are both doctors, right?
Top five tips for running a successful photo shoot
OCTOBER 20, 2009
If it’s not your day job, setting up and running a photography session can seem daunting, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. A few pieces of equipment, the appropriate preparation and a small dose of confidence are the keys for success. And, if you have the time, why not add some extra ‘generic’ poses for stock photos that might be useful for further projects? 3. You need at least one main light or flash, a fill light to cut out shadows and ideally a third backlight to light the backdrop and isolate the subject. Do your preparation.