20 May 2013
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eLearning Africa (Berlin)

Meeting the Challenge of Video

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If video is the new language of learning and YouTube the new classroom, then Windhoek will be the place for African educators to find out how to make the most of this exciting medium. Here is a sneak preview of what will be on offer.

eLearning Africa 2013 in Windhoek will see the launch of a new video strand. We will be hosting a series of sessions aimed at unlocking the secrets of professional film and video for all those involved in learning at any level.

The main driver for the recent boom in video has come from our learners. Watch a young person searching the internet and they are drawn to moving images. Give them a video-enabled mobile phone and they make their own movies. Offer them a text- or a video-based lesson, and see which one they choose.

As educators we need to harness the power of video and learn some of the tricks of the trade from professionals in TV, film and education. The video sessions at eLearning Africa 2013 are aimed squarely at providing this.

On Wednesday May 29th there will be a full day pre-conference workshop on creating educational video. This will be a hands-on practical exercise, taking participants through the various stages of producing a learning video. The session will be led by Eric Hamilton from the USA, Toochukwu Okafor from Nigeria, Simon Katabazi from Uganda, and Joseph Carilus Ogwel from Kenya. All those attending will get the chance to produce their own learning video during the day.The workshop will also cover the use of mobile phones to produce and share video content.

Due to anticipated demand booking is essential for the workshop and can be done here.

On Friday 31st May, we will be holding the eLearning Africa Video Masterclass. Through a mixture of film clips and discussion, international TV executive Adam Salkeld will reveal some of the techniques that great film-makers use to add impact to their work. The Masterclass will take a critical look at camerawork, editing, storytelling, the use of sound, and how directors combine them to create compelling work on screen. If you feel that you would like to add some style and polish to your educational videos then come along and join the Masterclass: it is open to all.

eLearning Africa 2013 is also pleased to announce that we will be holding Video Clinics at the conference. Adam Salkeld will be available to answer your questions about video and view your work, offering tips on how you can give it more impact. The Video Clinics will be free to all eLearning Africa delegates. The time and place of the Clinics will be advertised at the conference.

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