Back to the future. Instead of developing film and showing slides now I can create video tutorials for clients that have problems understand computer help screens or manuals. For some folks they need to see the software being used before they feel comfortable in performing the tasks.
Whether you are a newbie or a geek prime it always comes back to planning. Part of planning is understanding what your are trying to accomplish. If you can answer most of the following questions you stand a good chance of making a decent tutorial.
At the end of the questions are solid links to resources you can use to help plan your tutorial.
The Who/Why Questions
- Who is your audience?
- Why are you creating the tutorial?
- Do you have the time and resources needed to create the tutorial?
- What do you want them to know?
- What tools to you have or can afford to obtain?
- When are the going to access the tutorial?
- Will they access it only on school or library property or via their home computers?
- Will they have access to the location you are storing the tutorials
- Will there be any help available if they get into trouble?
- Will you provide an alternative means of accessing the tutorial information? I'm not just referring to those people with physical disabilities. There are technological factors to consider.
- Will they have the correct media player in order to view your content? Will there be a text version that can be accessed if they can't see the tutorial?
At Your Library The Design Process - http://atyourlibrary.com/presentations/tutorials/create.htm
AACE Journal of Educational Technology - http://www.aace.org/pubs/aacej
Dartmouth Web Teaching Page - http://www.dartmouth.edu/~webteach/index.html
Designing an On-line Tutorial - https://www.medici.bris.ac.uk/staff/elearning/cgtutorial/page_01.htm
Next, storyboarding your tutorial and an introduction to some of the software and tools you will use to make a tutorial.