NOTE: I have updated the list below and put it in a permanent spot on my Tutorials Page.
I read through my course evaluations from last semester and in addition to comments like “he’s long-winded, but nice enough,” a number of students gave high marks to the free Web tutorials I assigned in my online journalism classes. I was pleasantly surprised because I wasn’t sure how to measure their usefulness, and I had to create graded assignments to make the student actually do them.
But overall, students said they found the tutorials helpful, liked that they could learn at their own pace, and returned to them over and over again.
I found out about many of these tutorials from Mindy McAdams, who has written a great series of posts called a Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency on her blog. NewsU and the Knight Digital Media Center are also great resources.
So below is a list of tutorials I’ve used in my courses. They are all free and all aimed at beginners.
Any you would suggest?
Also this fall, I plan to create a series of video tutorials for my students and will post them here.
Five Steps of Multimedia Storytelling (NewsU)
Ira Glass of This American Life on the building blocks of good storytelling (25 minutes of YouTube videos)
Part 1: On the basics
Part 2: On finding a great story
Part 3: On taste
Part 4: On common pitfalls
How to Make a Timeline Using Dipity (Berkey-Gerard)
11 Exercises to Learn How to Make a Google Map (Berkey-Gerard)
Telling Stories with Sound (NewsU)
Gathering Audio by Brian Storm (MediaStorm)
How to convert .wma, .wmv, or .mp3 files using Switch (Berkey-Gerard)
How to Use Garage Band (Knight Digital Media Center)
How to Use Audacity (Knight Digital Media Center)
How to Use iMovie (Knight Digital Media Center)
How to Make a Multimedia Collage Using VuVox (VuVox)