Stephen Haskin

Stephen Haskin started in video production and computing in the 1970's. He has worked with Digital Video and e-Learning since the late 1980's and he has been at the forefront of streaming media. Previously, Stephen was a producer and director of film and video, and won many awards for his work. Steve worked for the University of Michigan for several years, but has now returned to the private sector, where he currently directs and consults for distance learning projects and video. Steve frequently speaks at conferences and seminars and is the author of several books.

Latest by Stephen Haskin

Dynamic Interactive Video
October 16, 2017

VR and AR in eLearning: Ready for Prime Time?
July 3, 2017

Are we close to practical uses of AR and VR for learning, skill development, and performance? Here are some answers.

HDR Video: Next Year's Buzzword?
June 21, 2017

You’ll hear more about HDR video before 2019. Do you need it?

Making eLearning Video in a Department of One
May 22, 2017

Sometimes we get to produce eLearning with a team, and sometimes we are a video department of one. Doing all the work of video creation—being a department of one—has many advantages and some disadvantages. What are they, and how do you deal with them? What are the differences between working with and without a crew?

See One, Do One, Teach One: How Technology Is Changing the Study of Medicine
November 14, 2016

There was a time when medical training consisted of following a mentor (physician), with learning based on the process of “see one, do one, teach one.” It was the gold standard in teaching medicine. It was also an apprenticeship system. Technology is changing medical education, and it may also be driving the training of doctors full circle.

Affordances of Learning
October 10, 2016

Affordances are a way of determining if you need to create eLearning or live training or video. Or a textbook, pamphlet, or some other form of printed material. There are no truly established rules for affordances. And they’re constantly evolving. In eLearning especially, it sometimes seems that we do things willy-nilly without thinking about whether this is the right thing to do.

Video's Stepchildren: Writing, Audio, and Soundtracks
August 8, 2016

If you’re making eLearning productions these days, you’re probably making video. What are you doing to give your video depth and get learners believing they’re in the situation you want them to believe in? The right answer, for many eLearning productions, is to create a sonic environment. Not just narration or a voice track, but a soundtrack. Here are some ideas to get you started.

More Than Meets the Eye: How Movement in Video Shapes Learner Perception
June 22, 2016

Sound and action—movement—drive our response to movies, including videos, even more than the character dialog does. Yet few of us have a conscious awareness of how movement affects learner perception and response. Effective eLearning video can be so much more than talking heads and simple demonstrations. Here is a very basic introduction to the psychology of movement.

Adobe Presenter Video Express: No More Green Screen
April 18, 2016

What do you do when you have to shoot on location and your actor can’t be there? The answer used to be “green screen,” but Presenter Video Express does the same job with less equipment and setup. Here’s a quick rundown on a tool that belongs in your kit!

What to Do in a World Without Flash?
March 21, 2016

As development software for eLearning, Flash has been dying since 2010. Adobe has changed the name to Animate CC, but the question now is, “Why would you continue to make Flash files?” And more importantly, what do you do about the legacy eLearning you have in Flash (that now runs in a lot fewer places, and with known security issues)? Here are some answers and some alternatives!

Life After Flash
December 16, 2015

On Monday, November 30, 2015, Adobe announced that Flash Professional CC will be replaced by Adobe Animate CC in early 2016. It’s the same program, only the name is changing. This change has sparked confusion and concerns, but here is some advice about what to do next.

Video for eLearning: How to Think Like Hollywood
December 7, 2015

What is most important to creation of excellent, engaging video for eLearning? Is it technology? Is it budget? Actually, it’s the style, the story, and the out-of-the-box thinking that go into the video. And to get those elements, you need a muse. Here’s how to find yours.

Video Compression Secrets: Smaller Files, Better Quality UPDATED!
October 19, 2015

This is an update to the original article published in Learning Solutions Magazine July 8, 2013. That article has had over 170,000 page views, so evidently readers are finding it useful! However, technology changes, so we decided to revise and re-publish.

Practical Video Production for eLearning: Do It Right!
September 14, 2015

You’re probably making video for your eLearning, but are you making the best use of video? Here are ways to think about video and video production (including tips on equipment and location shooting) that make it practical and give it that big- budget look (on a shoestring)!

How Much Does It Cost to Produce Video?
February 16, 2015

Making video for eLearning might have some of the same steps as for a Hollywood production, but it’s not the same in many other ways. In eLearning, we have to work harder and smarter for our productions to work for our audience. The hardest question to answer about eLearning video is, “How much will it really cost to make?” Here is how you can answer that question.

Adobe After Effects: Not as Scary as You Think
July 21, 2014

The first time they open Adobe After Effects, some people become so frightened that they close it and never come back. If you are one of those people, take heart! Here is a tutorial that will get you started on the road to mastering some of the most powerful video software out there. It can make a huge difference in the quality of video in your eLearning productions!

Avant-garde! Is Your eLearning Video Ahead of the Crowd?
January 13, 2014

Can we really have avant-garde video in eLearning? If by avant-garde you mean innovative, you bet we can … and with good reason—to challenge and to engage learners. Here’s a quick look at making video that is outside the box, yet achieves the goal of supporting learning.

How to Manage Video
September 23, 2013

If your organization includes video in its eLearning media mix, managing that content involves some different issues compared to other media. Here is an overview of the issues, and some specifics for dealing with them.

Video Compression Secrets: Smaller Files, Better Quality
July 8, 2013

Video is a great resource for delivering content for learning, but it requires a lot of storage, and producing video that doesn’t have huge bandwidth requirements is another challenge. The combinations of ways to render video can be daunting. This article covers what you need to know about video compression, whether you are already using video or are just getting started!

Lighting Options for eLearning Video
September 5, 2011

It’s easy to take light for granted, but light makes all the difference in the subjective experience of the person viewing a video. Here’s everything you need to know to begin lighting your eLearning videos more effectively!

How to Make eLearning Video with Digital SLR Cameras (and Why)
April 18, 2011

DSLRs are wonderfully capable cameras, but they have their limitations when it comes to shooting video. If you understand the limitations, though, DSLRs can offer benefits for eLearning production. Steve explains how.

Ten Myths about Video in e-Learning – Part 2
May 10, 2010

Last week, Steve exposed five common myths about e-Learning. This week, he offers five more, beginning with the most pervasive myth of all.

Making Letters and Words Move: Video Titles in After Effects
February 9, 2010

Titles (letters and words on the screen) make a big difference in video, and they need to be done correctly. They shouldn’t attract attention to themselves, either by being too flashy or by being badly done. Here’s a quick tip on making use of movement in your titles, and it applies to almost any video editing program.