12 Ways to Create Digital Learning Content: No. 11 – Illustrated Notes



In the latter part of 2016, we shared 10 different ways to create flipped or blended learning content.

We’ve got 2 more to go.



Before jumping into technique No. 11, let’s recap the 10 approaches we’ve examined thus far:

  1. Screencasting!
  2. Narrating over PowerPoint
  3. The low-tech FIZZ method
  4. The web app mysimpleshow
  5. The “high tech” approach of using a light board (not necessarily as challenging as you might think)
  6. Blendspace (tool for assembling digital lesson content
  7. The rather unique approach of using Adobe Connect 
  8. Ed.ted.com 
  9. The good old Learning Management or Course Management system 
  10. EdPuzzle

Now, on to approach # 11.

So when Brian Bennett posted his article about “Drawing Notes“, something clicked in my head. I thought “Wow!” … there’s an approach I’ve never seen anyone suggest or write about.

Brian wrote, “I’ve moved to drawing out the lesson notes, scanning it, and talking over the pictures”. Brilliant. What a fun, not-too-high-tech, delightfully free form approach to creating flipped or blended learning content. 

Here’s an example of one of Brian’s drawings: 

Of course, this assumes you are comfortable drawing out relevant images for the content you are teaching, which is not a given by any means. If not though, don’t despair. There are a few things that come to mind to enable this approach despite any shortcomings as an artist (and yes, some of these start to overlap with prior approaches suggested in this “12 Ways …” series):

  • First, don’t assume you have to be Michelangelo. Illustrating things with stick figures and other simple shapes can be just as a effective as drawing a work of art.
  • Consider having someone else create the drawings! Maybe you’ve got some good students who could help (and in so doing, boost their own knowledge, self image, and grade perhaps).
  • Perhaps you can find some existing images (with permission to use, of course, or that are free to use under “fair use” copyright rules) which you could speak over.
  • You could also consider an image or content creation program to create your images to talk over (Canva, PowerPoint, Paint, etc., etc.).

Lastly, as for how to create the videos while you speak over the images, here are a few approaches:

So, any other ideas about how to find or make illustrations and how to turn them into digital lecture content? Please share.


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