December 11, 2009

Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter

I’ve finally managed make a decent recording of my session at the Adobe Learning Summit. The session was titled ‘Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter’- and showcases a new idea around how we believe Captivate courses of the future can help bridge the gap between ‘Classroom based training’ and eLearning. Follow this link to view the demo (runs 18 mins).

This makes use of a Captivate widget that we will be sharing with you in the near future. So, post viewing this session, if you find the idea interesting and would like a copy of the widget, please drop me a note. I would also like to hear your views on whether this will be useful in your ecosystem; or of any challenges you see in adopting the same.


Posted by Shameer Ayyappan6:20 PM
  • Lieve Weymeis

    Thanks, Shameer, I was most impressed seeing a Chemistry teacher producing a Photoshop Tutorial ;-). No more jokes: this widget could be very welcome. My students are starting a problem based project, where I provided quite a lot of CP-movies for self-study and a discussion forum. Adding the Twitter widget would certainlymean more fun, and I’d appreciate moreover to get some “conservative” students (and colleagues???) to tweet. Since we also have students on so called ‘distant learning’ in college (with the normal dropout of 70%), this could be a great addition. Please, can I get the Twitter-widget?Lieve

  • Great demo! How can I get the widget?

  • Really interesting widget. I will look foward as how we could use this kind of widget, but as you say, it could be nice to let people keep in touch when they use the activity…Do you think it would work well with SCORM activities?Thanks

  • Great job Shameer!I think that using tweeter is a very good tool as a back-channel. For example if you have a presentaion or a speech it is very useful to see questions, suggestions and comments. Nevertheless in formal education it can be hard to achieve success, because students do not want to share their private accounts like tweeter or facebook.

  • Jaime Hartman

    This is a great idea! I’d love to have the widget.

  • Seems like a great tool for collecting learner feedback — without a silly survey.By reviewing the questions students have asked, you can see where the training might be lacking.I would like the widget in Captivate as I develop so I could connect with other developers for help during the build. Please?

  • Hi Shameer- very interesting widget. I can see many uses for it. Please let me know how I can get the Twitter widgetThanksBrian

  • I would love to try this widget! We’re developing customer facing asynchronous training in 2010 and this feature will be very helpful. Thanks! Karen

  • Interesting idea, I like your widget. I always use it.

  • HiThis is really exciting. Please add me to your list of people to inform when the widget is available.ThanksAnita

  • Tirtho Dasgupta

    Hi Shameer,The twitter widget is really a cool tool to use…please add me in the list of people about the release of the widget as I’d like to have a copy.Regarding your question on the blog about using the widget on the ecosystem—the org. where I work doesn’t allow the social media tools for security reason. And there are lots of orgs like us. So it would be a challenge there to use the widget though it can be extremely useful. And I would also like to know how it works on different LMSes.Thanks,Tirtho

  • i would love to get my hands on this widget also, cheers, loc

  • Melissa

    This is a great use of Twitter and Connect Pro. I would love a copy of the widget to play with and try out on my learners. Thanks for sharing!

  • Student

    This is great

  • Melissa

    Shameer,This is an innovative joining of two tools. I would love to try the widget. Thank you!

  • Catherine Conley

    I’d love to give this s try in one of my courses. I’m using Captivate 3. Please let me know how to get a copy of the widget. Thanks for the post.

  • Maria

    Hi Shameer,Nice Widget.Please add me to your list of people to inform when the widget is available.Thanks

  • Hi ShameerThis is a Me-Too pleed ;-)I would appreciate a copy of this widget.Thx

  • @ Tirtho: This is a concern that was also expressed by some of the audience in my ALS session.While my demo is of a Twitter widget, this widget can easily be customized to work on a similar service within your firewall. for example- it can be configured to work with Yammer. Would that help overcome the barrier?@Catherine: this widget only works with Captivate 4.

  • Would love to play with this widget!

  • Tirtho Dasgupta

    Hi Shameer,We use SharePoint as the CMS tool. Once the widget is released I need to test it within our firewall. Thanks for the update.Regards,Tirtho

  • Tirtho Dasgupta

    Hi Shameer,We use SharePoint as the CMS tool. Once the widget is released I need to test it within our firewall. Thanks for the update.Regards,Tirtho

  • The uses for this widget are very intriguing! I have a course I’ll be building within the next few months that it would be perfect for! Please add me to your list, I’d love to try it out!

  • I would live to explore and see how we can use this for effective training.Thank you.Ayesha

  • Hi! Sameerit’s very good, but still it is lacking the students interaction with others and the doubts can be solve immediately if and only if the teacher is also online.

  • @Geeta: The hope is that if there is an incentive to remain engaged in a classroom discussion- the students will do so. The trainer can easily monitor the level of engagement by running a search on twitter for that particular hash tag. A percentage of the grades can be based on this engagement. Further the students don’t have to go outside their existing network to remain engaged.

  • Ella

    Fantastic widgit – looking forward to implementing it – please let me know how I can access it! Thanks!

  • Johnno Bing

    Very interested in this widget. Would love to get a copy when it is available.

  • Danny McCraine

    Please add me to the list of future users when the widget is available. Thank you!

  • Thank for sharing this great tool. I would love a copy when available.

  • I’d love to try this widget out! Please add me to the list!I would think the best way to leverage this would be to create a new, separate twitter account for each specific course, and auto-login the widget using that course’s twitter account. Everyone asks the question/answers questions via the same account. As long as Twitter allows simultaneous

  • Terry Pollard

    Shameer,This is really a great use of technology and learning. I would love to look at this widget more closely to see how I might be able to use it. Might you send me a copy?Thanks.

  • Marilyn Czerwinski

    Thanks Shameer! This widget would really enhance our e-learning offerings by connecting the learners to an expert. I’d love to try it out.

  • Ramona

    Great tool, I would love to try it. When will it be available? Thanks

  • Kurt

    AWESOME use of parallel technologies! Will this still work within Flashlite if you’re publishing out to m-learning? This could be a game changer for bridging the gap between current blended solutions and future mobile design. Please add me to any mailing that announces when this widget is let loose “in the wild”

  • James

    Great tool! How do we get it.

  • Cheryl

    This looks like an awesome widget to incoporate learners’ thoughts throught the demo, but how do you moderate people’s tweets? And the learners aren’t actually following the course on twitter, they are conducting a search for the hashtag, correct? This is a great way to have the learners interact. Can I get a copy of the widget to play aroudn with it? Thanks!

  • Jason Bates

    I think this is an amazing new aspect in CBT courses! Can I please have the widget?

  • Shameer Ayyappan
  • Meg

    this is pretty awesome! thanks for providing the widget!

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