Students engaged in discussion

“FNH480_May2015_015” by Duncan McHugh/LFS Learning Centre, All Rights Reserved

Make sure to take some time at the beginning of your project to plan out your process. A very helpful visual for this process is done by DIY UBC.

The following process was developed by students working on creating multimedia for preceptor education. It can be used as a general guideline for the natural flow of a project.

1) Identify broad topic area

Students writing on blackboard with title "Value of Research"

"FNH 480 2014" by UBC Dietetics, Flickr, All Rights Reserved

  • Consider overall guiding principles, e.g. Adult Learning Principles, eLearning principles, audience characteristics

2) Research topic content

  • Find out what has already been created on the topic (don’t re-create the wheel!)
  • Look at generic materials for insight — can they be adapted to be dietetics-specific?
  • Use experts/professionals and other key informants for applicable information
  • Find out what the target audience already knows and what they need to know

3) Narrow the focus and select the refined topic

  • Identify the main goal: make it specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound
  • Identify what audience must do to reach the goal
  • Identify what audience needs to know: avoid information overload and only use information that directly supports action and is relevant to learners

4) Define the learning objectives

  • Remember to consider knowledge, skills and attitudes

5) Design learning activities for each learning objective

  • Apply adult learning principles to enhance learning by including activities, imagery, guiding questions, etc.
  • Keep the original goal and guiding principles in mind

6) Brainstorm ideas for segment

  • Start with what’s possible, and refine to what’s practical, considering effective technologies, time and resources available
  • Get feedback early and often

7) Select an appropriate presentation format

  • Target as many learning styles as possible
  • Consult with the LFS Learning Centre and other advisors

8) Design an outline, flowchart or storyboard of segment content

  • Include an overview, learning objectives and summary

9) Seek formative and summative feedback on your multimedia

  • From experts, professionals, team members, stakeholders, and/or third party reviewers

10) Launch segment

  • Advertise new material
  • Develop an evaluation tool

Sources for Photos

Yu Diving at Knutsford Leisure Centre

"Yu Diving at Knutsford Leisure Centre", by Yu Diving, Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

1. Take your own photos

Use these tips for taking good photos

  • Who and what can you photograph legally?
    • People in a public place
    • Buildings
    • Public art
  • What can you publish legally?
    • People who have given consent
    • Minors whose parents or guardians have given consent
    • ‘Newsworthy’ photos
  • What does "getting permission" mean?
    • Oral consent is okay
    • Written consent is better
    • The law does not address ethical concerns that may arise
    • Respect people’s wishes

2. Save documents as images to embed within other media

  • Save the document as ".pdf". Then, open the PDF in photo editor and "Save as" a ".jpeg" file.
  • Before saving, click "Options" to change pixels up to 300 pixels (Note: the default is to save as lower quality)
  • This results in better quality images than screen shots

3. Flickr - Image and video hosting website

  • At the top of the results page, select "Creative Commons" to limit search to only creative commons licensed photos and videos
  • Use Flickr: Advanced Search to narrow your search even more

4. Compfight - another image search engine

  • Can limit search to certain licenses

5. LFS stock photos

6. Google Images

  • Click "Advanced" under the cog symbol in the top right corner of the results page, and filter search results to only show "free to use or share" images.

Sources of Creative Commons licensed materials

Free Music Archive: music

Internet Archive: music, photos, text

Wikimedia Commons: photos, sound, other media

If you are using pre-existing photos, music, art etc., make sure it is licensed for you to use and you are not infringing on copyright law (see Copyrights and Acknowledgement section above). To review correct attribution for creative commons photos see this site.
If you are creating original content, make sure you have consent from those who appear in your photos, music, video etc.

    • Storyboarding is a visual representation of your segment, used to map out the flow for any project, not just for videos

      Student drawing a storyboard on a whiteboard

      "james bressi-storyboarding at vizthinkphilly" by Carlos Silva, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

    • A storyboard is a brainstorming document that will be refined many times before arriving at the final plan
    • Use your storyboard to align visuals and audio:
  • Who/what will be on camera?
  • How/where the shots will be filmed?
  • What is the general flow of events?
    • Spend the bulk of your time refining your storyboard and script so that filming, production, and editing are efficient and simple!
    • You don’t need to be a good artist to make a good storyboard – as long as your team can get an idea of the visual aspects of your project from the storyboard, it will be effective. Stick people work!
    • Storyboards don't have to be done on paper or whiteboard either, PowerPoint slides work well

Get started on your storyboard! 

Storyboarding Template

Storyboard That - Free online storyboarding tool