216 BYOL: DIY Whiteboard Animation

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Wednesday, November 16

Video & Media


People are drawn to whiteboard animations (pardon the pun!). Watching the story unfold before your eyes creates a memorable and lasting impression—and can often provide a better transfer of knowledge. But the cost of producing whiteboard animation can be prohibitive. If you’re a freelance developer, work in a not-for-profit organization, or have a minimal budget, whiteboard animation can be out of reach. Or is it?

In this session, you’ll learn how to use VideoScribe to create engaging whiteboard animations for a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional developer. You can quickly assemble your animated clips using the built-in library of images. Or, with even a tiny bit of artistic talent, you can create your own images using vector editing software. Combining your animations with an audio track and narration provides a cost-effective way of creating explainer videos, digital stories, simulations, and more. Your whiteboard animations can be great stand-alone eLearning pieces, or they can be combined with other, more traditional learning modalities.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to create simple whiteboard animations usingVideoScribe
  • What you’ll want to include when you storyboard your ideas
  • How to add audio and narration to your animation
  • How to draw your own images for animation (no artistic talent required!)
  • How to integrate your animation into a traditional eLearning course

Novice and intermediate designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
VideoScribe, Adobe Illustrator, and Inkscape.

Technology required:
VideoScribe (note: Download the seven-day free trial at videoscribe.co the day before you attend the workshop) and Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape (you must have a working knowledge of whichever software you choose).

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Sarah Dewar

Educational Technology Specialist

Michael Garron Hospital

Sarah Dewar is a seasoned instructional designer and developer. She has over 20 years of experience in the realm of adult learning, complemented by 15 years of experience creating innovative eLearning solutions for healthcare professionals. Sarah’s award-winning “Infomercials as eLearning” combine graphics with live action to create memorable and impactful learning experiences. She also creates custom animation to engage learners. Sarah shares her knowledge internationally and volunteers her expertise to not-for-profit organizations; her courses are currently engaging learners on six continents simultaneously. She also volunteers as a planning member of the Canadian eLearning Conference. Sarah has now turned her attention to unraveling the complexities of visual literacy, deepening her research and application of these concepts over the past five years.

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