815 B.Y.O.L.: Creating Professional Animations to Support Learning with ... PowerPoint?

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, October 2



eLearning and instructional designers are often asked to turn long blocks of content into a product that is effective and engaging. On top of that, everyone wants a product that is mobile-ready and adaptive. How can designers with limited skills in programs like After Effects or Blender and limited coding skills create products that fit the content-focused needs of our clients?

In this session you will learn how to create interesting motion-graphics animations using Microsoft PowerPoint. You will see how these animations are flexible in the types of content they can get across—emotional, didactic, or in-between. You will also practice the basics of using PowerPoint to develop motion graphics for use in your eLearning course. Finally, you will learn how to integrate animations into standard eLearning, and consider how to talk with clients about using the most appropriate content medium for different types of content.

In this session, you will learn:

  • When motion-graphic animations are most effective
  • A simple process for developing a script and storyboard
  • The nuts and bolts of using PowerPoint to construct complex motion graphics
  • Resources for adding music, sound effects, and voiceover narration to your animations
  • Ways to share and distribute your finished animations to your learners

Novice and intermediate designers and developers with strong PowerPoint skills and an interest in visual design of information.

Technology discussed in this session:
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 or 2013.

Participant technology requirements:
A Mac or Windows computer with Microsoft PowerPoint (minimum of 2010, 2013 preferred) installed. A pair of headphones is also helpful, but not required.

Kirby Crider

Learning Technology Specialist

Training Resources Group

Kirby Crider, a learning technology specialist at Training Resources Group, is an instructional designer and consultant with a decade of experience designing and developing high-quality products on tight budgets for clients like the US Agency for International Development and the Forest Service, producing videos, podcasts, animations, and interactive online courses.

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