Curious about what I do for #distancelearning clients?
I work alongside the Instructional Designer (ID), who is a specialist responsible for designing and organizing the course. They work with the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to define the overall educational goals of the course, and develop supplemental materials like quizzes and tests, downloadable support assets like workbooks and syllabi, and interactive content.
The ID determines which portion of the material needs to be presented with narration or scenarios, which are short scenes using actors to demonstrate best practices, and then forwards the relevant SME documents to me.
The SMEs are very smart people who are experts in their fields; but they often (usually?) aren’t teachers, and in my ten years of experience aren’t necessarily good at decrypting their specialized knowledge for learners who are not yet expert themselves.
So the SME docs can be very dense, hermetic, and technical in ways that don’t lend themselves to knowledge transfer.
My job is to review, edit, organize, and simplify the SME content so it’s more accessible and engaging while retaining its educational value. If we can keep learners engaged in the material, we can improve knowledge retention and training completion rates.
Then I take the optimized SME content and write scripts for the narrator and the actors to record.
All of this is done in stages, with reviews and input from the ID to ensure we’re all staying on track with the teaching goals of the distance learning provider.
Here’s an example of a course I worked on for Care Academy. The video starts at the beginning of one of the scenarios, but I also wrote all the narration portions as well.
A long time ago — in the 1990s (holy crap, 20 years ago!) — I was the co-host (with my very good pal Sean Meehan) of a radio show on KSCO/KOMY called “Brave New World: The Coliseum Of Cultural Evolution.”
All right, so… much as I was late to the amazing “BoJack Horseman,” I’m a little late to the Adult Swim series “Rick and Morty.”
While it’s a bit more absurdist rimshot theater than Bojack, it’s a smart and interesting show that traffics in some fun scifi tropes with a wink and a nod, while occasionally dipping into some pretty deep and thoughtful dialog, plumbing a variety of philosophical themes, largely existentialism.
Translators work hard to protect the cinematic vision of the director, and the Literary vision of the author, when bringing film-based novels to international audiences.
Like anyone who loves giant monkeys and scary dinosaurs peppered with humor and buttloads of action, I’m super excited about the upcoming Kong: Skull Island release tomorrow (March 10 2017.) In fact, I’ve been telling everyone I can that the last trailer released for this film (below) is possibly one of the best edited and sound designed trailers EVAR.