How to Improve eLearning Video: Eye vs. camera – Michael Mauser | TED-Ed

elearning video

As you already know, you can use elearning video to bring real world actions and behaviors to your learners. When you add video to your elearning modules you definitely enhance asynchronous learning activities. Your learners need to see humans in action on the elearning screen.

Example: Sales Training Role Plays

I love elearning video when it’s used appropriately. For example, do sales staff struggle with their conversations with prospects or clients?  Create videos of roles plays. Have your “actors” show your learners how to talk to your clients. And, don’t shy away from having your actors demonstrate mistakes. We’ve worked on similar sales training projects and can’t wait to do more work with video and e-learning in the future.

Instructional Designers Take on Hollywood

Many elearning designers and developers now script, produce, edit, and publish their own videos. (Yes, we add the role of Videographer to our many skills.) If we’re making the videos we distribute to the learner audience, it helps to research what makes a video a good video. That often involves getting to know the technology, the video camera.

In this post, I want to share a brief but very helpful TED-Ed video by Michael Mauser, titled: Eye vs. Camera. The summary of his video states:

Your eyes don’t always capture the world exactly as a video camera would. But the eyes are remarkably efficient organs, the result of hundreds of millions of years of coevolution with our brains. Michael Mauser outlines the similarities and differences between your eye and a video camera.

His video helped me because I’m not an ophthalmologist  (that’s a joke) and I haven’t studied the physiology of the human eye since I was a freshman in … well … awhile ago.

After you watch the video, feel free to share comments on this post, or on Twitter where I’m @jenisecook

Photo credit: Demonstration Projector by Geralt on


Release Notes: How I Write Them

Someone recently asked me how to write release notes. Here’s my answer so others can see my response.

I have a strong background in technical writing. In fact, for the majority of my career I’ve worn two hats simultaneously: instructional designer and technical writer, when I worked for large corporations with small training and documentation budgets.

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How to Enjoy the Most Popular eLearning Posts on the eLearning Blog

Hello! Good to see you today.

As of this post’s date, we’re busy working, learning, exploring, and ramping up for some new adventures. Yes, we’re still doing (and able to take on new) client work. I’m just not blogging much this year. I’ll return to blogging as I do love this communication venue.

Until then, here’s a list of links to some of the most frequently visited posts on this blog.

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How to Use Camtasia to Show Your Work – User Guide Sample


I have a user guide document up on (select this text to view the PDF in Issuu), and I decided to add that technical writing sample to my YouTube Channel’s online Portfolio Playlist.

I used TechSmith’s Camtasia to record the screen as I “flipped” through the pages on

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