Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Writing Video Courses Takes Less Time, Labor

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Writing Video Courses Takes Less Time, Labor

Article excerpt

"It may be that I came from a different [educational] background," explains Elizabeth Hansen, the instructional developer at Central Michigan University's Office of Independent Study, Extended Degree Programs. With degrees in mathematics, computer science and administration, Hansen asserts that she just thought that there must be an easier way."

She is referring to her work writing the scripts and storyboards for the Extended Degree Programs' video-based courses. The department produces approximately one course a year. Hansen has already written a computer science course, is currently working on an orientation video for the school's Adult Learning seminars, and next plans to write the script for a video-based management course.

* The Nightmare

When Hansen first began writing the storyboards using her IBM PS/2 computer and WordPerfect Version 5.0, she found it very slow going. "It was so time-consuming and labor-intensive," she says, "that it was nightinare. So I looked for it product to help me."

Realizing that a better alternative must be available, Hansen investigated several scripting programs. The package she finally chose was ShowScape, a script, screenplay and storyboard program developed by Lake Compuframes in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. She was particularly pleased with the software's reasonable cost and compatibility with her existing computer hardware and software.

ShowScape offers two scripting formats: storyboard and screenplay.

Hansen accesses her word processor from inside ShowScape and she can see commands for both programs onscreen.

Also available in a version for Macs, ShowScape offers two scripting formats: storyboard, in which the screen is divided into two text columns and one column for illustrations or graphics; and screenplay, which has one section for a scene's dialogue and one for its description. …

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