When I presented my eLearning voiceovers seminar at the eLearning Guild’s March 2010 conference in Orlando, I met a lot of bright, creative, super-friendly people. One of those folks was Michael Williams, who is Director of Courseware Development for a great non-profit called “e-Learning for Kids.” They run a web site of free interactive elearning for grades 1-6. The content is created by elearning professionals who generously donate their time and skills to this globally-available learning resource. The courses are colorful, fun, engaging, and 100% free. Kids don’t even have to register to take the modules. They just go to the site, choose a grade or a subject area, and dive in. I was impressed with the course samples I saw at the conference, and I’m also a big believer in educational outreach for kids. I give free readings at elementary schools twice a year for the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and also visit schools to give talks. So, I gave Michael my card, and told him to drop me a line if he ever needed voiceovers for a project.
Last week, Michael contacted me to ask if I’d be willing to create the voiceovers for a new Guided Tour they’re creating for the e-Learning for Kids web site. I said sure! I sent him a couple of sample audio files to give him an idea of the vocal timbre I thought most appropriate, and he agreed those were right on the money. We finalized the script, I laid down the tracks, and I sent the finished Mp3 files along to Michael. I included an alternate “take” of the last audio clip, with an additional “tag” that he loved, so that’s the one they’ll use in the Tour. Once the Tour is posted on their site, I’ll do another update! If you have kids, or know kids, grades 1-6, I recommend you take a look at their site. What a great free resource! Click the image to visit their site.
I’m currently working on a series of a dozen simulations and job aids documenting the process and procedures around MetLife’s year-end performance development process. I am designing and building these simulations, as well as writing the scripts and providing the voiceovers. My goal here is to clarify and simplify a complex process so that associates, managers, and stakeholders (feedback providers) all understand their unique roles and how to accomplish their tasks in MetLife’s online performance system. This project means lots of time working in Captivate and recording voiceovers, which I always enjoy!
Heidi Fisk of the eLearning Guild called the other day to say that the seminar I gave at the eLearning Guild’s spring Learning Solutions 2010 conference was so well received that they’d like me to reprise it as part of their October 2-day Online Forum on using media effectively in eLearning. The dates work out for my calendar, so I was delighted to accept! I got great feeback from the seminar I led in Orlando, and I look forward to sharing my seminar Giving Voice to Your eLearning with a wider audience online in the virtual conference world. Thanks to everyone who shared their feedback about my Orlando session; this return engagement would not have happened without your support. Heidi and I have also started talking about my offering a more advanced, hands-on coaching session in spring 2011. Stay tuned for more on that possibility! In the meantime, you can click the image on the right to see information about the upcoming Online Forum.
I don’t typically post information about my acting performances on this blog; you can read about my “other life” at my other site, andrewsellon.com. But I starred in six silly and savvy videos recently for the Bernard Hodes Group about employee engagement, and I think that topic merits a post here. The first two videos are out, and four more will follow. Writer/director Dewey Moss takes an extremely clever, retro sitcom approach to publicizing the dangers of allowing your employees to disengage from the work at hand. The Bernard Hodes Group provides guidance on how to bring your employees back into the fold. These are fun video clips, but they make a very real point that should speak to any business. You can see the videos on YouTube by clicking the image on the right. Enjoy!
I’ve been busy for a few weeks now creating facilitator guides for two instructor-led management and leadership courses for MetLife. Versions of these guides will be used in both the U.S. and internationally. Inspiring stuff!
I’ve just finished creating another two simulations for MetLife’s internal training organization. I did the instructional design, wrote the scripts/storyboards, created the simulations using Captivate, and created the voiceovers as well. I created a number of them earlier in the year for MetLife, and am looking forward to creating more later this year. Brief, just-in-time simulations like these are great for getting the point across to the learners quickly and easily right when they need the information. And I always love being “the voice” that shows the way!
I had a great time at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions 2010 conference at the Disney Hilton in Orlando, Florida. I had a lot of fun presenting my seminar Giving Voice to Your Learning, a primer about the do’s and don’ts of including voiceovers in eLearning. My audience was great, with lots of good ideas and discussion based on our mutual real-world experiences. I also enjoyed presentations by many of the other experts at the conference, and came away armed with lots of good ideas. Keynote speakers Sir Ken Robinson, Jonah Lehrer, and Leonard Brody all gave extremely thought-provoking talks. I also enjoyed meeting and talking with many eLearning vendors present at the Expo. All in all, a great experience.
If you attended my talk, I hope you’ll share your comments here on my site; I’m always eager to hear what you’re thinking. And if you missed my talk but would like to engage me to present it at your organization, just call or e-mail me. My talk touches on gettting the most out of voiceovers from both internal (amateur) talent as well as external pros. I received a lot of great response from attendees afterward, so I’m glad I hit the mark with everyone’s needs.
I’m pleased to announce that I will be leading a seminar entitled Giving Voice to your eLearning at the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions conference at the Disney Hilton. The conference runs 3/24-26, and my talk is Session #503 at 10:45 am in the Azalea Room on Thursday, March 25th. I hope to see you there!