Creating Custom Avatars with

by Hap Aziz

I’ve made quite a few posts in the last week or so on the subject of avatars, and I thought it might be a fun New Year’s activity to create my own custom avatar. While browsing through old posts at, I came across an informative post on using a freely available web-based tool called Voki for creating custom animated speaking avatars. The post demonstrates the ease of using Voki, and it also provides resources that are useful for educators. I hope to experiment with Voki for some content that I could actually use in this blog, but in the meantime, I’ve provided the video tutorial that provided–you can see it in the video feature area on the right side of the screen. It’s about six and a half minutes long, but it’s well done, so that’s meaningful time spent working through the tutorial.

If you do happen to create any custom avatars, please feel free to share their locations on this blog. I’d love to take a look.



Filed under avatars, education technology, simulation, virtual identity

5 responses to “Creating Custom Avatars with

  1. We’ve been using Voki quite a bit in with the Carlow MFF program – instructors are using their avatars to introduce students to the course and address some commonly asked questions. The instructors keep it relatively shot and the students really seem to like it!

  2. Thanks for sharing this post on your site – Voki is a lot of fun. These sorts of engaging tools can really capture the attention of both educators and students.

    I appreciate your work, and recently shared your insightful post, “Considering the Top 5 Education Technology Predictions for 2012” on Twitter and then again in my weekly “tweet wrap” post on the website (URL: Keep up the great work!

    Take care, and have a great New Year!

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