One of my goals in creating this blog was to show that there are interlinking communities that have similar knowledge and skills that serve different needs. I have been known to poke my nose into the Rapid E-Learning blog at Articulate.
For those folks thinking about creating video information products or selling e-learning or demonstration videos there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. It is also a tremendous opportunity to carry what we have learned forward.
Articulate makes e-learning products. It is a for profit business. They would like you to purchase their products. But the company does have a lot of solid information about using the tools an software that you might have to create an effective instructional package.
In businesses and corporations e-learning is use to train staff and transmitted essential information. In an academic class setting the goals is to transmit cultural and career required content. I have to give a hat tip to the YouTube and other screencasters who are trying to explain software applications or product demos.
Yes some are demos and tutorials are crude. Some are very will done. The great news is that they are not waiting for anyone from up hight to help them figure out how to do this "right".
The YT tutorial creators are doing and demonstrating what can be done with determination and bare bones skills. They are filling a need when the manufacture of products has not fulfilled users questions on a product or service.
As always, I look to the left and to the right to ascertain a functional middle ground.
If you can, squeak out some time to roam over to the Articular blog or their free screen capture application Screenr. Get a sense of how you can make use of just in time recording or taking the long road of building a skill set that will pay you down the road for your investment.