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Presenter 9 – Effectively Communicate with a Virtual Audience

Today, Adobe released Adobe Presenter 9, software that helps users communicate more effectively by developing engaging desktop videos and eLearning courses from within Microsoft PowerPoint. Presenter 9 is a simple yet powerful tool that can introduce trainers, knowledge workers and educators to the worlds of video and eLearning – even if they’re unfamiliar with video editing software. Presenter 9 and the recently released Adobe Captivate 7 is a powerful one-two punch for eLearning content creation.

Presenter 9 supports Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 to ensure software compatibility for early adopters. Additionally, the latest enhancements minimize the time, effort and cost associated with producing desktop videos. For example, users can now simultaneously capture video feeds of themselves and their screen content, then easily mix and edit the footage to create impactful visual content.. Once done, finished videos can be published to YouTube and Vimeo with a single click or integrated into PowerPoint presentations.

Other key enhancements include:

  • Drag-and-drop elements, which streamline the process of inserting interactive games, quizzes and learning modules to deliver richer courses
  • Accessibility support, which makes achieving Section 508-standard compliance easier than ever before
  • Automatic closed captioning, which leverages a new speech-to-text conversion feature which saves  time and increases outreach
  • Leaner Intervention, which helps track the progress of individual learners and identify who may need course correction or additional support

This is just a sampling of the new and powerful updates included in Presenter 9.We encourage you to visit the Presenter product page to access more information, including helpful videos, detailed feature descriptions and FAQs.

Traditional Lectures are so 90s

As a professor at a community college, I continually struggle with how to engage my students to help them learn and prepare for the careers they aspire to. I have long ago come to the conclusion that lectures are “so 90s.” And, by that, I mean 1490s. If you examine the basic education approach, nothing has really changed for centuries. Sure, new technologies (such as chalkboards) have been employed, but the fundamental aspect of having an expert explain some concept to a group of students has not materially changed.

Since we are well into the 21st century and students still have short attention spans, one approach is to employ the “flipped classroom” technique. Essentially, what it means is that students review the content at home (before class) and then work on problems or projects during class time. In other words, homework is done in class and the class “lecture” (usually in a form of a video) is done at home. Hence the term “flipped classroom.” Check out this fifth grade teacher who further explains the flipped classroom concept and how she employs it in an elementary school.

Why is this important? Essentially, it places the emphasis on learning with the students. They become more independent learners as part of this process. Additionally, they can pause, rewind, and replay a given segment of video many times until they have understood the concept. This is something one can’t typically do in a traditional lecture (unless one has a very patient professor and peers). During class, students have time to focus on solving particular problems and applying what they have learned. Watch this video to further learn about the benefits of a flipped classroom or alternatively, check out a video of what a flipped class is not. My thanks to Professor Kelly Crawford-Jones for locating these videos as part of a joint presentation we did on this topic at a recent conference.

Are there some downsides? For the instructor, absolutely; this approach requires more up front development of materials including, obviously, the videos. Personally, I rely on Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, and Techsmith Camtasia to create most of this content.

One must also develop in-class projects which reinforce what the students have learned through watching the videos. Student may well resist this approach initially. They will have to work harder and devote more effort outside of class to prepare for each class session. It is so much easier to sit back and watch a professor speak for an hour or two; some even have time to doodle. That option tends to disappear when one successfully employs these techniques.

While this is not a “one size fits all” approach or solution, it may well be something you wish to consider to better engage your students and help them hone their critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities. In its simplest form, a “flipped class” is an alternate approach to engaging your students and helping them focus on their learning.

For those who would like to learn more, read the 7 Things you Should Know about Flipped Classrooms article. Of course, feel free to let me know your thoughts by contacting me directly via Twitter or my Weblog.

Announcing Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3

Adobe Technical Communication SuiteWe’re excited to announce the next release of Adobe’s end-to-end suite for technical communicators –Adobe Technical Communication Suite 3. The suite lets technical writers, help authors and instructional designers author, enrich, manage, review and “single-click” publish technical information in multiple languages and formats, and to multiple devices.

Included with this release are completely updated versions of the core products –Adobe FrameMaker 10 (template-based authoring/publishing) and Adobe RoboHelp 9 (help and knowledgebase authoring/publishing). The suite is rounded out with Adobe Captivate 5, Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Acrobat X Pro.

The team has been working hard to incorporate compelling customer feedback. We’ve heard time and again that our customers’ end users are demanding richer, more dynamic and increasingly interactive content. To that end, Technical Communication Suite 3 offers several workflow improvements and usability enhancements. Authors can easily include 3D models, training demos and simulations in their projects and build in access to external sources such as Google search results, blogs, wikis and forums. The software now supports more than 45 video and audio formats and outputs comment- and rating-enabled documentation, driving engagement by encouraging response.

Significantly improved, Technical Communication 3 will help end the long reign of static documentation – our tools are building the next generation of content that will ultimately solve consumer problems.

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