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October 16, 2013

Create Amazing Videos for Free – Adobe introduces Presenter Video Express Worldwide

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You may never see video creation the same way. Just one click to record both your desktop and your webcam and minutes later you could be publishing professional quality videos on YouTube, to mobile devices or just about anywhere you’d like. Better yet, it’s free, it’s an App for Mac, and it’s available worldwide.

Creating great videos has not traditionally been an easy task. People usually find that there are plenty of obstacles. From cameras to lighting, editing and publishing – making your own videos can be a lengthy and difficult process. Adobe changed that earlier this year with the introduction of Adobe Presenter Video Express. This amazing new tool enables anyone to quickly create professional quality show and tell videos. It’s ease-of-use is stunning, and we’ve heard customers telling us that they love using it to make videos for everything from rapid eLearning to game walk-throughs.

If you are using a Mac, you can download Adobe Presenter Video Express at the Mac App Store. Here’s that link. The tool is free to download and you can publish videos of any length for free (with a watermark.) If you’d like to publish videos without the watermark, you can either pay a small $1.99 fee, or you can acquire free publishing coupons by sharing news about the app with your friends.

It’s incredibly simple to use Adobe Presenter Video Express. You just click a single button to begin recording both the computer screen and your web cam. Once you’ve finished recording you can easily switch the final view between your webcam and your desktop – rapidly creating a professional video that shares your message with the world. Publishing from Adobe Presenter Video Express is simple, with options to publish the video to your local computer (as an mp4 video) or online to YouTube or Dropbox.

ReferAFriendIt’s also now possible to earn watermark free publishes by sharing Adobe Presenter Video Express with your friends and colleagues. To use this feature, just choose Refer a friend from the application menu. You’ll get a link to an online dialog that let’s you refer Adobe Presenter Video Express to friends. For each of your friends who downloads and installs PVX, you’ll earn 5 Free – Watermark Free video publishes. (Your friends will get 2.) referAFriendDialog

Adobe Presenter Video Express is now available to Mac users worldwide via App Stores around the world. If you are using a PC, you can download a free trial of Adobe Presenter 9 here – and experiment with the PC version of the application.

Posted by Allen Partridge12:10 AM Permalink
September 27, 2013

Build Your Own Custom Themes for Adobe Captivate 7 Courses!

Adobe Captivate 7 is shipped with some great looking themes to help you get started with your eLearning course creation easily. These themes help you save a lot of time that you would otherwise have to spend in creating graphical assets for your eLearning courses. These themes are bundled with multiple eLearning screen layouts to choose from, so that you can easily select the one that suits the content type for your eLearning course screens.

Along with the ability to use existing themes, you can also create your own themes and add them to the themes panel and start creating your courses from there. This is especially useful when you have to use a branded template for your eLearning course creation and need a consistent look and feel for your courses.

Let’s take a look at Continue reading…

Posted by poojajaisingh4:10 PM Permalink
September 20, 2013

Create Engaging eLearning using Effects in Adobe Captivate 7

Guest Blog by: Joanne Nichols, Adobe Certified Trainer and an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Captivate

When creating eLearning it is important to ensure you keep the user engaged.  By nature we are inquisitive, so why not create eLearning to capture the learner’s interest using this to our advantage. Rollovers are a great way to do this. (Obviously this means that these rollover effects that I am teaching you today cannot be used for mobile learning. However you can replicate the effects using click boxes and advanced actions, but be mindful that on mobile devices there is no rollover state so you would just skip the “on rollover” portion of the effects).

One way I have done this is to create a category game, so rather than having a boring slide with button menu items like this:

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Why not engage the learner with a hidden category game. The category is hidden and the user has to rollover the category badge to reveal the category. By using effects we can Continue reading…

Posted by poojajaisingh6:24 PM Permalink
September 17, 2013

The changing face of Learning!

LearningFor years, the teachers were given the role of collector of information and disseminating that information through a sage-on-a-stage classroom. However, with the rapid increase in the reach of Internet, information is now freely and easily accessible. The classroom is no longer the single source of information, thought it remains a very important one.

Voice of the Student:

Students are clearly telling us educators, that the time in class should not be spent providing them information that they can easily get elsewhere. The class hours could be more effectively used by helping them in resolving the doubts that they encountered while consuming information elsewhere (typically online), evaluate and analyze alternate views that they have encountered and finally help them connect the dots of information in creating a better understanding of a concept (information to knowledge) – addressing loosely the analysis, evaluation, creation phases of Continue reading…

Posted by tridibroyc6:17 PM Permalink
September 16, 2013

Free eTrainings Announced for Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter: Register now!

Topic: eLearning 101; A Quick Start for eLearning First Timers

Date and time: Wednesday, 2nd October, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Every Year More and More Companies are joining the online learning movement. Whether it’s a late realization that online courses can save your institution money or eLearning is just ‘new to you,’ it can be tough to wrap your head around the various aspects of eLearning content creation deployment, distribution, assessment, tracking and the myriad of other things that make up the world of eLearning. Join Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist for this total newcomer’s introduction to the world of eLearning.

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Topic: Creating Interactive Courses using Raptivity and Captivate

Date and time: Thursday, 3rd October, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Join Joe Ganci, eLearning and Captivate Community Expert to learn how eLearning developers can enhance their learners’ experience by using Raptivity and Captivate in conjunction. Learning interactions form an integral part of the eLearning courses. But these interactions have to be wisely chosen so that they augment learning instead of providing mere ornamental value to the course. So as an eLearning developer, there are quite a few considerations when selecting tools for designing interactions. One of the most important factors is whether the interactions produced with that interactivity builder tool will integrate seamlessly with their course authoring tool. In this webinar, Joe will focus on how eLearning developers can use Raptivity interactions to augment their Captivate courses. He will also demonstrate how easy it is to seamlessly integrate Raptivity interactions with Captivate. You will also get to see some interesting example courses created using these tools and how one can leverage the capabilities of both these tools to create interactive and engaging courses rapidly without programming.

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Topic: Multiple Decisions Using Advanced Conditional Actions

Date and time: Thursday, 10th October, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Advanced conditional actions take eLearning to the next level by providing complex conditional-based interactive scenarios. Although quiz questions have advanced features, sometimes developers prefer to create their own knowledge check questions. In this demonstration, Anita Horsley will show you how to construct a knowledge check with multiple decisions and consequences using advanced conditional actions. In order to grasp this training, the participant should have a fundamental understanding of variables, actions and advanced standard actions.

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Topic: Mobile Learning in Minutes; Creating Cool Video Learning Content for Tablets & Smartphones

Date and time: Wednesday, 16th October, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Getting content out to your learners in a mobile friendly format can be a significant challenge, but it does not have to be. Join Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist for this hands on demonstration of creating eLearning videos that will run perfectly on your iPhone, iPad, Android Tablet or Smartphone.  Learn to easily create amazing, professional quality videos, easily publish them, and get them running on the mobile devices that learners are asking for.

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Topic: Trick or Treat; A Halloween eLearning Adventure

Date and time: Wednesday, 30th October, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Join Dr. Allen Partridge for holiday eLearning tricks and treats. Costumes Required. Bring a plastic pumpkin to carry home the goodies.

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Topic: mEnable your existing Adobe Captivate Courses

Date and time: Thursday, 31st October, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Join Damien Bruyndonckx, Captivate Community Expert to learn about the tips tricks and best practices to make your existing Captivate content mobile friendly. The HTML 5 capabilities of Adobe Captivate, makes it possible to access your eLearning courses on mobile devices. That being said, m-Enabeling your content probably requires a bit more work than simply re-publishing it in HTML 5 format. In this session, we will mEnable an existing Captivate project made for the desktop. We will use the HTML 5 tracker to identify the unsupported features of the project and we will discuss how we can replace these features by mobile friendly features. We will also tweak the existing project in order to optimize the learning experience for the mobile devices. At the end of the road, the project will be a bit different than the original project providing a slightly different experience to the desktop and mobile students. Is it acceptable? Do we have to provide the exact same experience to desktop and mobile users? Those are important questions that we will discuss together during the session.

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Posted by poojajaisingh7:51 PM Permalink
September 13, 2013

Combative Canoodling between Education & Games

Video gameIt’s no secret that Educators and trainers have been flirting with virtually any solution that will alleviate the doldrum of yet another mind numbing info-dump. Learners hate cycling through countless pages of online reading – only to be challenged with a ‘quiz’ to demonstrate that they’ve either read or already knew everything that was contained in the early pages of an online lesson.

One often considered method is ‘Gamification.’ Gamification is one of those Continue reading…

Posted by Allen Partridge9:21 PM Permalink
August 30, 2013

A Step-by-step guide to create an Interactive eBook

Interactive eBooksA few months back, I had created an interactive eBook for iPad using different tools like Adobe InDesign, Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Photoshop, and Digital Publishing Suite, and wish I could add a few more tools to this list… LOL

To be true, I had no experience whatsoever to create InDesign documents, Edge animations, and DPS folios when I started working on the eBook, but the videos available on Adobe TV and tutorials offered on Lynda.com came to rescue and really helped me complete my task. Now it’s my turn to give back and share my learnings with all of you :)

So here’s a step-by-step guide to create an interactive eBook. I’ve divided this guide in six steps to make it convenient for you to jump to the step you want to learn about.

Step 1: Setting up the InDesign document

The first step to create an eBook is to create the artwork that you will be using for background design, animations, interactions, etc. and set up the InDesign document. You need to add the tentative number of pages in your eBook and create Master layouts with common imagery for the eBook. Let’s look at Continue reading…

Posted by poojajaisingh12:16 AM Permalink
August 29, 2013

Eight New eTrainings announced for Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter: Register today for free!

21st centuryTopic: Build 21st Century Skills in Media Literacy in Your Classroom

Date and time: Wednesday, 4th September, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Are you still feeling challenged to provide your students with the domains identified for 21st century learners, yet at a loss for how to begin? Integrating media literacy into your curriculum should be fun, not a burden. Join Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist for part two of an examination of media literacy education in the modern classroom.  Dr. Partridge will demonstrates the incredibly simple way that you can empower your students to learn 21st century media literacy with Adobe Presenter. You’ll learn how to help your students create powerful, on-topic, professional quality videos in just minutes. You’ll see how these tools can be adopted in your classroom and learn how to use them.  In this special second session Dr. Partridge will also provide examples of in-class uses of media literacy to integrate 21st century skills with the traditional curriculum.

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FlippedTopic: Create Videos for Flipped Classrooms with Adobe Presenter 9

Date and time: Thursday, 5th September, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: So you’ve been reading and hearing about flipped classrooms for quite some time, but not sure how to implement it in your organization. Worry no more! Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh as she takes you through an amazing journey of flipping the classroom with Adobe Presenter Video Creator. You will learn about the fundamental principles behind the flipped classroom, and how to easily migrate your lessons and lectures into online modules. You will also see a short demonstration on how to record video lectures in three simple steps using Presenter Video Creator which will equip you with the technology needs of the flipped classrooms.

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Effortless video creationTopic: Effortless Video Creation from the Comfort of your Desk

Date and time: Wednesday, 11th September, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Dr. Allen Partridge introduces video editing best practices for Adobe Presenter 9 Video Creator and Adobe Presenter Video Express. This amazing tool lets a total novice create incredible high definition personalized videos from the comfort of their desktop. Learn how to easily combine shots of yourself and your screen and how to add professional quality lower third text and intro/outro movies along with rapid shot succession and tons of other great tricks.  Dr. Partridge will reveal the secrets that make his videos look great every time, and show you how to do it yourself from the comfort of your own desk.  You won’t want to miss this session – chock full of tips and tricks to make your videos look like the pros without any of the time or money traditionally required to create great videos.

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TTSTopic: Best Practices for Adding Text-to-Speech Audio in Adobe Captivate 7

Date and time: Thursday, 12th September, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Maanasa Srinivasulu for an exciting session on how to convert plain text to narration in your Adobe Captivate 7 courses. You will learn about the best practices of using Text-to-Speech voices in Adobe Captivate 7 and make them sound natural by using VTML tags. Don’t miss it!

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collaborationTopic: In Course Collaboration & Performance Tracking for eLearning

Date and time: Wednesday, 18th September, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Adobe has put the social back into eLearning. With in-course collaboration and tracking in Adobe Presenter 9, teachers and students are finally able to discuss topics, ask questions and collaborate on projects and topics.  You’ll also be able to gain insight into student progress and even get recommendations from the system to help you identify which students need extra help and attention based on their performance.

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EffectsTopic: Create Engaging eLearning using Effects in Adobe Captivate 7

Date and time: Thursday, 19th September, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Join Joanne Nichols, Captivate Community Expert, to learn how to use the Effects feature in Adobe Captivate 7 to create engaging eLearning courses. Learn how to use smart shapes to create tabs, page turning interaction, as well as other great ideas and games.

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gamificationTopic: Gamification 101: Building Fun and Play into your eLearning Courses

Date and time: Wednesday, 25th September, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Isn’t it about time you put the fun back into your classes. Why should online courses be dry and dull? Join Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist for this practical overview of ways to add a little play into your online courses.  We’ll discuss the guiding concepts behind the gamification movement and explore & demonstrate ways to add these elements in appropriate ways into your courses. We’ll talk about the limitations of these approaches and as always, bring it back to the fundamental teaching objectives for your course.

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collaborate and learnTopic: Let your Students Collaborate and Learn!

Date and time: Thursday, 26th September, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, to learn how to use Adobe Presenter 9 to enable collaboration in an eLearning course and assign scores for student participation. You will also see a short demonstration on how students will be able to ask questions, and participate in course discussions, from within the context of the course and how teachers will be able to track and incentivize this participation.

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Posted by poojajaisingh2:26 PM Permalink
July 31, 2013

Shared Actions- Now Re-Use Advanced Actions across your Captivate projects

“The biggest difference between time and space is that you can’t reuse time.”

Need a better solution to create similar advanced action again and again?
Ever wondered how to use a specific advanced action in multiple projects?
Are you a fan of advanced actions?

If you say YES to any of the above, then read on.

Many times you had to create multiple advanced actions which have same set of actions, but contain different set of objects/slides/audio files.
For example, if you have to execute Show/Hide/Apply Effect actions with different objects, the only way was to create many advanced actions.

Let’s consider a project with five buttons. When each button is clicked, you want to show/hide different objects and play different audio.

To achieve this:

  • Prior to Adobe Captivate 7:   You had to create five different advanced actions.If you needed these advanced actions in two different projects, you had to create ten more additional advanced actions.
  • Now, with Adobe Captivate 7: All you have to do is to create a single Shared Action and use it any number of times within the project or across projects.

Continue reading…

Posted by haridoss2:38 PM Permalink
July 29, 2013

Be the first to try out the best in class Learning Analytics Offering!

analyticsWe recently launched Adobe Presenter 9, and with that came the very powerful Learning Analytics dashboard which integrates the traditional quiz outcomes to create a modern and powerful solution for analyzing student learning outcomes. With this solution, you can detect potential problems with learning and get an opportunity to intervene early – improving the chances of the students to meet and even exceed their expectations.

Looking at the acceptance of this feature by the eLearning community, we are planning to Continue reading…

Posted by poojajaisingh5:21 PM Permalink
July 9, 2013

Brace Yourself: eLearning Just Got Social

PVX LogoIn case you missed the news last week, Adobe has just released another in a long series of serious innovations in eLearning. Adobe publishes two of the most significant applications in the eLearning authoring space, Adobe Captivate – the long time leader in eLearning authoring, and Adobe Presenter 9, a simple to use Continue reading…

Posted by Allen Partridge3:55 AM Permalink
July 8, 2013

August eSeminars for Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter: Register now for free!

Here’s the list of eSeminars we’ve planned for the month of August. Feel free to register for the eSeminars you wish to attend.

Topic: What’s New in Adobe Presenter 9

Date and time: Thursday, 1st August, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, as she demonstrates some of the new and enhanced features in Adobe Presenter 9. Learn how to use the new audio workflow and filters, add a drag and drop question, use scenario templates, enable in-course collaboration and learning analytics, and use the new learning interactions in Adobe Presenter 9. Don’t miss it!

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Topic: Introduction to Advanced and Shared Actions in Captivate 7

Date and time: Wednesday, 7th August, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Complex interactivity in Adobe Captivate is a snap with Advanced Actions and Shared Advanced Actions. Join Dr. Allen Partridge for this introduction to Advanced & Shared Actions in Adobe Captivate 7 for total Beginners and learn how to easily add complex logic to your Adobe Captivate Courses.

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Topic: Making of an Award-winning Interactive eBook

Date and time: Thursday, 8th August, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, Adobe eLearning Evangelist and mLearning DemoFest 2013 winner, to learn how she created an Interactive eBook using Adobe InDesign and published using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. She will also demonstrate how she created HTML5 animations using Adobe Edge Animate, simulations and interactions using Adobe Captivate, and HD videos using Adobe Presenter Video Creator and finally how she embedded them all in the eBook folio. Don’t miss the fun!

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Topic: Working with the Learning Analytics Dashboard in Adobe Presenter

Date and time: Wednesday, 14th August, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Join Dr. Allen Partridge for this live interactive session on working with the new Learning analytics dashboard in Adobe Presenter.  You’ll learn how to set up in course discussions, questions and collaboration and get a detailed explanation of how to work with the resulting data from your students. You’ll learn how to easily identify students who are succeeding and those who need assistance and learn the ways to use the dashboard to easily notify your learners and communicate with them about their progress.

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Topic: Advanced & Shared Actions in Adobe Captivate 7 for Intermediate Users.

Date and time: Wednesday, 21st August, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Learn to go the next step in interactive course creation with the session on Advanced and Shared Action Scripting. You’ll see practical examples of scripts that can be used to help you create your projects more quickly and learn the fundamental principles of writing Conditional Advanced & Shared Actions. Join Dr. Allen Partridge for this informative and empowering session.

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Topic: Prepare and Share Advanced Actions

Date and time: Thursday, 22nd August, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Adobe Captivate 7 now offers the much awaited possibility to reuse advanced actions, not only in another project but also within a single project. Join Lieve Weymeis, Captivate Community Expert, for this webinar to learn how to prepare those ‘shared’ actions: logic, variables, labeling, parameters for standard and conditional actions.  We will explore the new interface of the Advanced Actions dialog box, with its hidden new filter possibilities in the dropdown lists. Be sure to grab a lot of practical tips about the work flows for sharing within a project or between projects.

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Topic: 21st Century Classroom Skills: Media Literacy Made Easy

Date and time: Wednesday, 28th August, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: Are you feeling challenged to provide your students with the domains identified for 21st century learners, yet at a loss for how to begin?  Integrating media literacy into your curriculum should be fun, not a burden. Join Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist as he demonstrates the incredibly simple way that you can empower your students to learn 21st century media literacy with Adobe Presenter.  You’ll learn how to help your students create powerful, on-topic, professional quality videos in just minutes. You’ll see how these tools can be adopted in your classroom and learn how to use them.

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Topic: Starting with eLearning

Date and time: Thursday, 29th August, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific

Description: In this session, Renaldo Lawrence, Adobe Education Leader, will look at how he uses and plans on using various tools to help engage both students and staff.  Renaldo is starting a new job in September at Chiswick School and part of his job is to ensure each department is using eLearning materials to help enhance their students learning.  Besides  teaching, Renaldo will work with each department to create content and work with teachers on the delivery of the content to their students. Renaldo says “the important thing for me to do is to help each of the members of staff become engaged with technology”. Even though I know they are using technology he says that he “has ideas which can help engage and push learning forward”.  Ideas which include the use of iPad apps, ibooks, Adobe Captivate, and Adobe Presenter.

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