Video Podcast and interactive quiz – “Un-Fallacy: Strawman”

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Notes About this Project

  • I have been in touch with the creator of yourlogicalfallacyis.com, and he sent me the graphics for his webpage, with his permission to use them in this podcast.  The sky background, and the black Strawman logo, are both his creations, which he made in Adobe Illustrator.
  • The podcast logo and the “AJ Productions” logo are my creations, using Photoshop.
  • This presentation was designed to be UDL compliant and Accessible via captioning options and transcripts, as well as player controls.
  • I plan to complete the series, one logical fallacy at a time.

Tools Used

  • Garage Band to record the J.S. Bach’s Invention #8 in F Major on the piano (I used to be a piano performance major).  I also used Garage Band to record the vocals and sound effects
  • Photoshop to create the logos
  • Camtasia to capture the video clips, and to put the whole thing together into a video format
  • openclipart.org for a few of the images

Mayer’s Principles Followed

  • Principle #1, Coherence Principle: “People learn better when extraneous words, pictures, and sounds are excluded from, rather than included in, the multimedia presentation.”
    — Although there is a musical introduction that is not directly applicable to the content of the lesson, it only serves as an entrance to the episode. Throughout the rest of the presentation, I refrained from including background music (although I do love me some Bach!) or any graphics beyond what was necessary to demonstrate the points.
  • Principle #3, Redundancy Principle: “People learn better from graphics and narration, than from graphics, narration, and text placed on the screen.”
    — While there were a few words placed here and there to demonstrate what was going on in the arguments, the narration wasn’t a matter of just reading words from the screen.
  • Principle #5, Temporal Contiguity Principle: “People learn better when corresponding words and pictures are presented simultaneously rather than successively.”
    — As I was going through the narration, the words and pictures that demonstrate my point appear on the screen at about the same time.
  • Principle #8, Modality Principle: “People learn better from graphics with narration than from graphics with on-screen text.”
    — Again, I avoided too much on-screen text, although because of the nature of teaching Logic, some text is necessary to exemplify what arguments are being made.
  • Principle #9, Multimedia Principle: “People learn better from words and pictures, than from words alone.”
  • Principle #10, Personalization Principle: “People learn better from multimedia lessons when words are in conversational style, rather than in formal style.”
    — Throughout the presentation I used a casual tone, I addressed the learner directly, and I sprinkled in some humorous video clips.  All of this served to make the presentation more human and approachable.
  • Principle #11, Voice Principle: “People learn better when the narration in multimedia lessons is presented in a friendly human voice, rather than a machine voice.”
    — I tried my best to sound friendly!  🙂
  • Non-Principle #12, Image Principle: “People do not necessarily learn better from a multimedia lesson when the speaker’s image is added to the screen.”
    — Good, because much of this project was done while I was in my pajamas. 🙂