I wear a *lot* of hats when it comes to online course production. On the pedagogy side of things, my experience in teaching and technical writing helps me collaborate with course instructors to create effective lesson plans, quizzes, and assignments.

In addition to being a "producer", at various points in the process I usually find myself in one of the following roles:

  • Editor. To provide constructive criticism to instructors and helping them find their voice.
  • Student proxy. Switching on my "beginner's mind" to ensure instructors are speaking at the right level for the target audience.
  • Project manager. Simultaneously my least favorite yet most important job, making sure requirements and deadlines are met. Yay for accountability!

A large proportion of the curriculum I've produced over the last 10 years has been video. As a result, I have a large bag of tricks I've developed over the years to help craft enaging and instructive video content:

  • Apple Keynote skills. A few years ago as I was creating some crazy animations with complex builds and effects I thought to myself "Huh, I guess I'm a Keynote expert now? Weird."
  • Video editing. Back in the day I thought film/video was my calling, I even went to school for it! Although other editors do most of the production these days, I'm still a hands-on person, especially for my own courses where I'm kind of a control freak. Screenflow is my weapon of choice, it's not as full featured as other timeline editors such as Premiere or FCP, but the unique screen recording features have saved my butt on more than one occasion.
  • Audio expertise. Capturing high quality audio is critical to a good learning experience, and the right microphone (and placement) is key to that. Again, my film & video experience comes in useful for that. For post-production clean up and sweetening if I can't do it in Screenflow then I use Adobe Audition, an underrated and powerful tool. (It also helps that I once helped write a book on it).