Jan. 19 Workshop: Creating Instructional Videos

Jan. 19 Workshop: Creating Instructional Videos

The STC Canada West Coast chapter is offering a hands-on workshop about creating instructional videos.

Many companies use videos to inform customers about products and services. Videos can provide information more efficiently than printed or online text; users’ attention spans are shrinking, and time is at a premium. Customer support, marketing, and sales departments also use video to communicate with clients. Whether you’re creating simple videos for YouTube or complex product demonstrations, a video can give your audience the information they need.

Learning how to create videos can seem daunting: instructional designers use terms such as “explainer videos,” “microlearning,” “e-learning,” and “LMS.” This workshop will decode that jargon.

Joel Basart, an experienced instructional designer, will introduce some inexpensive and easy-to-use tools and explain how to use those tools to start creating your own instructional videos. Learn how to work with video clips, screen captures, animation, and text captions to inform audiences in a way that is both engaging and effective.

The workshop will include:

  • Introduction to Instructional Video

Why is video a good idea? Learn about the types of video and the video creation process (scripting, production, editing); advice about suitable equipment; effectively blending visuals and text; and a brief overview of using tools to create your first video.

  • Hands-on* Video Production

Learn some tips and tricks for: using Camtasia software; choosing a microphone; adding content, video clips, screen captures, and audio; editing and synchronizing your video; and adding a quiz to reinforce your content.


About the Presenter

Joel Basart is a technical writer with over 20 years’ experience in diverse fields: aerospace, health care, banking, food, and horticulture. He is currently a Senior Technical Communicator and QA Lead for Argus Control Systems in Surrey, BC. He spends a lot of his time creating videos for both customers and employees. He lives in Langley, BC.


About the Event

This event is SOLD OUT. We may hold it again later this year, so email us as admin@stcwestcoast.ca if you are interested.


* Required equipment

Optional equipment

  • Headset or microphone



Sandy A.January 3, 2019 at 1:56 pmReply

Hi Joel, I’m interested in attending your workshop, however I’m based in the Okanagan. Are you considering holding another session in Kelowna, Vernon or perhaps Kamloops in the near future? Thanks, Sandy A.

Joel BasartJanuary 4, 2019 at 11:01 pmReply

Hi Sandy, unfortunately we don’t have any plans to repeat this workshop in the Okanagan – I have a feeling getting a large enough class might be impossible outside of the metro Vancouver area. I am hoping that we do repeat the workshop though, and give people lots of time to register. We could also do some form as an online option.

Sorry I couldn’t be more help!


KimJanuary 15, 2019 at 12:27 pmReply

This workshop sounds fabulous! Unfortunately, I cannot make it on Jan 19th so I do hope that you will repeat the workshop again in the future! I will keep an eye out for it. 🙂