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However, I’m semi-retired, moving into a new career!

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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


Live, on YouTube, with Terrence Wing of LiquidLearn

LiquidLearn’s “10 for 10” at DevLearn 2010

The e-Learning Guild held its annual DevLearn Conference in San Francisco, California, earlier this month. Hundreds of instructional designers and developers attended as always. Me? I had e-learning projects to wrap up, and I felt sad that I could not fly up and see some wonderful people this year.

Instead, Terrence Wing, of LiquidLearn, interviewed me for a (pre-recorded) streaming Web T.V. broadcast he used in an all-day, pre-conference workshop! So, in a way, I was at DevLearn, but virtually.

I’m posting the YouTube video Terrence made. I’m humbly grateful for this wonderful opportunity he gave me to share my crazy thoughts on instructional design. Here’s what Terrence wrote about this video:

10 for 10 is a recurring video interview hosted by Terrence Wing of Liquid Learn. Topics include skills needed to succeed in the modern workforce. The goal of the show is for the host to surface at least ten tips from the interviewee in 10 minutes. In this episode, Terrence is interviewing Jenise Cook from Ridge View Media. The subject matter is instructional design.

Terrence used a streaming video tool you might want to look into for your video projects.


(P.S. I haven’t written a blog post in over a month because I’ve been busy, but, I’ve also been spending more time posting on I’ve been learning a great deal lately about the effectiveness of social media. How about you? Feel free to write and share a Comment.)