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Storyboarding eLearning with Twine

As I move into a new role, there is more of a demand to create storyboarding for eLearning courses. I know this is best practise, and I did study it on my Post Grad, but never really implemented it. The first thing I needed to refresh on was ‘What is a storyboard and why do I need one?’ From the eLearning Coach (http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning_design/storyboards-for-elearning/) ‘A storyboard for eLearning is a document that specifies the visual elements, text elements, audio elements, interactions and branching (where the system or user will go next) of every screen in an online course. Many people also add the learning objectives to the storyboard.’ Pretty simple! Now, what about software to create one? You could use Word or PowerPoint. I found a great template on eLearning Brothers at http://elearningbrothers.com/free-instructional-design-storyboard-template/ but for me, I find PowerPoint a little cumbersome and you need a license for MS Office. Having a web development background, I wanted a simple web-based solution that can be shared and work anywhere and Open Source if I can. I was pointed to a website called Twinery (http://twinery.org). This site states: Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. You don’t need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you’re ready. Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for […]

How to use 360 images with Marzipano and Insta360

Recently I wrote about Insta 360 Nano with Marzipano – a great combination. In this article I’ll talk about HOW this was achieved. I used the Insta360 Nano camera for my still images. This is a great little piece of kit and I’ve been using it for the past few months. The Insta360 also comes with free software so that you can do some simple editing and exporting of the still and video files. All of the software and hardware details can be found at http://www.insta360.com/. You will also need to access the Marzzipano site at http://www.marzipano.net/ and click on the Marzipano Tool. This is where we will build and export our 360 tour. First thing I had to do was convert the insp image files from the camera to standard JPGs as Marzipano does not support the file type. I used the software provided by Insta360 called Insta360Studio. Simply add your images to the list and export on the right.   With the images now as JPGs, they’ll look a bit odd. This is ok as Marzipano will recognise them. Navigate to http://www.marzipano.net/ and click on the top right button titled Marzipano Tool (or go straight to http://www.marzipano.net/tool/index.html). This is a web based tool that will easily help you create your 360 tours. When it first opens, simply drag and drop your files into the open window Your files will automatically upload and be presented to you in the order uploaded. To add a Hotspot, simply select the image you want to use and click on Info Hotspot at the bottom. Enter […]