701 Integrating Real People Into Animated Worlds

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Thursday, December 8

Creating an eLearning course driven by an animated story has a lot of advantages. Animated videos give us the ability to move learners through space and time, put them in relatable situations that unfold in both familiar and new environments, and control every detail of the story. But in a world where human connection is craved, learners want to see and hear from real people. Join this session to learn how to give your learner the best of both worlds!

In this session you will learn tips for scripting narration and sourcing voice talent that allow learners to better connect with your characters and narrator. You will learn ways to record live action video and audio and ways to naturally introduce that media into your animated story. Finally, you’ll learn how to place those real people inside of your animated world using Zoom and Google Meet's virtual background feature to create a green screen recording and some basic video editing to make the magic happen.

Mike Myers

Associate Director of Digital Learning

EnCompass, LLC

Mike Myers, associate director of digital learning at EnCompass LLC, specializes in the art and science of instructional design and technology. He brings more than 12 years of experience designing, developing, and facilitating technology-enhanced learning solutions for international organizations and governments, nonprofits, and foundations. As the leader of EnCompass’ Digital Learning Hub, Mike mentors a team of digital learning specialists in creating eLearning and multimedia that keeps learners engaged, challenged, and excited to learn. As a learning experience designer, he is passionate about the use of storytelling and appropriate technologies to make learning effective and fun. Mike earned his master's degree in instructional design and technology from George Mason University.

Allison Harwick

Instructional Technology Specialist II

EnCompass, LLC

Allison Harwick is an instructional technology specialist II at EnCompass LLC. She specializes in instructional design and eLearning development, including visual design, animation, and other virtual learning tools. Prior to joining EnCompass, her work history included medical research activities, data management, professional coaching, and teaching high school. Throughout these seemingly disparate experiences, she enjoys transforming dry or difficult material into something fun, meaningful, and memorable, ultimately to advance workplace wellbeing and productivity. Allison earned her master’s degree in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard Extension School. She is certified in professional coaching from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and in adult training design and delivery from the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

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