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My eLearning Guild Online Forum Appearance Was a Blast

My thanks to all the folks who tuned into my seminar Giving Voice to Your eLearning at the eLearning Guild’s Online Forum.  The participants were great about sharing personal successes, challenges, questions, and ideas.  And I was thrilled to receive great reviews from the online survey responses at the end of the session.  I really appreciate all the feedback I received, and I’m very glad attendees felt their time with me was well spent.  My goal was to focus on demystifying the process of including voiceovers in eLearning, and to provide attendees with simple, actionable tips and tricks to apply whether creating voiceovers in-house, or hiring professionals.  Based on the responses, people left the seminar with a lot of ideas they’ll use back on the job.

If you attended the session, I hope you’ll drop a line here on my web site and keep me posted on how you’re doing with adding voiceovers to your own eLearning projects.  I’m always happy to share experiences, trade ideas, and provide any guidance I can based on my own experience both as the person preparing the course content, and as the person recording the voiceovers.  If you attended the October Online Forum but missed my session, a recorded version is available on the Event Resources page, along with a downloadable version of the supporting presentation, with links and sample templates.

My thanks again to Tammy Olson for facilitating my session, as well as for three excellent preparatory meetings.  And a big thank you to Heidi Fisk as well, for inviting me to present this encore of my seminar.  It was a great experience, and I look forward to more in the future!

My eLearning Guild Voiceover Seminar is Friday October 8th

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Heidi Fisk of the eLearning Guild has asked me to give an encore presentation of my seminar Giving Voice to Your eLearning, which I originally gave at the Guild’s March 2010 conference in Orlando.  My online encore will be this Friday, October 8th, as part of the Guild’s October Online Forum on incorporating media in eLearning.  This will be different for me from the March presentation, as this time of course I won’t actually be in a room with participants.  At the online forums, participants don’t have speech capability, but they do have chat and polling ability, so I’ve retooled my presentation to align with the online conference technology.  I’ve also added a little bit of new content, and am looking forward to sharing my introductory session with Friday’s participants.  Many thanks to the tireless Tammy Olson of the Guild, who has worked with me to prepare and test the tech aspects of my presentation.  I couldn’t have done it without her! 

If you’re participating in the online forum this Thursday and Friday, my session is #402, at 11:30am Eastern on Friday, October 8th.  You can still sign up and see the full agenda by clicking the Online Forums image on this post.  I hope to “see” some of you there!

Voiceover for e-Learning for Kids Guided Tour

Click here to visit the e-Learning for Kids web siteIf you have or know kids grades 1-6, check out this great free e-Learning site! I contributed the voiceovers for the Guided Tour, and all the content is created by e-Learning professionals volunteering their time, which I think is fantastic.  Kids don’t need to register to use the site, so parents don’t have to worry about any personal information being collected, etc.  It’s a global initiative to give kids access to fun, free learning experiences from any pc with an internet connection.   Congrats again to Michael Williams, Director of Courseware Development, and to everyone involved in this worthy web site.

To visit the site, click the image on the right.  To see (and hear!) the Guided Tour, find the same Guided Tour image on the site’s home page and click on it there.  Enjoy, and spread the word!

e-Learning for Kids Guided Tour Voiceover

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.

My Voiceover Seminar Encore for the eLearning Guild

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.

Employee Engagement Videos for Bernard Hodes Group

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!

More Simulations and Voiceovers for MetLife

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!

Learning Solutions Conference Was a Blast!

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.

eLearning Guild Seminar 3-25-2010

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!

Presentation: LS10-503-Sellon