To my mind the biggest lack now in the PL system is the lack of reference and learning resources.
I just went to the website to find the manual. It took me 10 minutes to find the online guide. There’s no search function for Learn and Support. It’s there under Product Support. In my world product support means something different; it means contacting a person about a problem. And I know there’s a PDF version somewhere. Another 10 minutes?
The online guide is basic. It’s about the levers. If I wanted to know when and why particular edits should be used it wouldn’t tell me. Eg. when would I use global v details sharpening under Lens Sharpness, and what should I know to use them effectively? (There’s no entry on this function anyway).
Pascal’s tutorials are helpful. PL could offer some professional editing to improve expression and layout.
There are the recorded webinars.
Some users can’t play vids so these resources are wasted to them.
I’ve just watched the one on selective adjustments and make this comment about the assumed learning model: it’s wrong. Adult learners don’t learn well with this model.
You shouldn’t present the theory or a bunch of recipe steps ‘just in case’. You start with the tasks the adult learner typically faces, show how they can be done and distil some principles*. Better still, interact with adult learners: provide an example file to edit and let them loose on it with a task to do. Then review. Or start at the beginning: ask them ‘what about this image can be improved?’. An editor is a tool. Without being clear about what the objective is, the adult learner won’t engage.
PL management has also assumed that if someone can do X, they can teach X (and via video). Also wrong.
Specific comments on this webinar:
He needs to slow the narrative down and articulate more clearly. Too many sentences end in a rapid downward inflection.
Each change of mouse use needs to be cued; you can’t expect the viewer to always see it when it jumps across the screen esp. when this screen is going to be used as a window on the viewer’s screen.
There’s no use of Windows command equivalents.
Repetition and digression make the vid about twice as long as it needs to be.
It’s redundant to step through menu choices where they’re self evident.
He calls the graduated filter the gradient filter.
It’s not till half way in that he presents a meaningful example.
There’s no time stamp for the sections, so it assumes the viewer is going to sit through it all or do trial and error jumping forward. Adult learners tire of this very quickly. I had a general and a specific interest in watching the vid and the specific one wasn’t addressed till 30 minutes in, and then it was of no use to me because it referred only to Mac controls. How likely do you think I am to do this again? Close to zero. In the Adobe world, a few minutes of searching would’ve got me an answer to my specific question.
- Google Knowles, or adult learning theory or andragogy