Ask a group of course designers we know how to make e-learning more engaging by using images, videos, and animations more effectively. The visuals and interactive elements are really good places to start. But there’s another element that’s often overlooked: audio.

E-learning audio is more than voice-over narration. Audio includes audio interviews, ambient sounds, natural sound effects, and background music. Used effectively, these can help draw in learners, focus their attention, and fuel their imaginations. And that’s what E-learning heroes community weekly challenge is all about!

I call my entry “Greece – folk music guide”. You can view the project below

Below you can see the 5 steps I followed in order to create my entry for the challenge.

STEP 1: Photo editing

The first step included finding a map of Greece. Then using Photoshop’s awesome capabilities I managed to extract every single province of the country and made it into a 3d version that looks exactly like the 2d version that I found online.

STEP 2: Template creation

Since I decided to make something about my homeland Greece I realized that I had to find the right font. So I found this awesome font from called Dalek Pinpoint. Then I found free pics from Google about Greek landmarks mostly here  as well as a variety of folk dancers. Then using a video making s

STEP 3: Video Making

Then I screen captured the two videos that from Youtube that I believe would be ideal for the work in mind. I did that using Peek 360. I chose a Cretan Dance and Pontic Dance, since those two are my favourite types of Greek Folk music. The first video is called Αντώνης Μαρτσάκης ~ Μανάς (έλα έλα μικρή μου λεμονιά μου) and the second one is Οι Πόντιοι με τη σέρρα τους τράνταξαν το «Στην υγειά μας ρε παιδιά» . Besides, for the introductory video I used a youtube video called Greece Ultimate Travel Guide | Best Places to Visit | Top Attractions by Misk Travel Guide. All thouse videos are product of their owners and I don’t have their copyrights. They are great videos and you have to check them out.  

STEP 4: eLearning development

Finally using Articulate Storyline 360 everything was put in order. I developed the interactions after inserting the objects that I had created in the previous steps and gave the project the “Greek look” that I had in mind initially.  

STEP 5: Screenshots

To grap the screenshots for the various pictures you see, I used Opera’s browser which offers the user such an option for screen capturing and transforming it into a picture.