You got funny in my course module! Humor in eLearning

Laughing and pointing emoticonWe all love to laugh. We’re wired that way. In fact researchers believe that laughter itself is a social behavior. The crux of the theory is that laughing is in fact a social bonding mechanism. The grunts and guffaws we make when delighted and surprised are a physical manifestation of the sudden emotional shift from alert and stressed to amused and relieved.

Conventional eLearning wisdom says, avoid humor – it’s far too dangerous. You won’t have to look hard to find dozens of stories of someone who has been reprimanded or fired for offending someone else in the name of a good gag. These stories are legitimate, and the stakes are Continue reading…

How to Import Illustrator files into #AdobeCaptivate

RJ has a great video out this week that demonstrates how to import Adobe Illustrator files into Adobe Captivate using the Import PSD Function in Adobe Captivate 5.

While Adobe Illustrator is not part of the Adobe eLearning Suite, if you have Adobe Illustrator on the same machine as your copy of Adobe Captivate 5, you will be able to take advantage of both to import your Adobe Illustrator files.

In the video, RJ demonstrates how you can take vector images from your Adobe Illustrator file directly into Adobe Photoshop using Copy/Paste. The paste operation allows you to paste the objects as a smart object in Photoshop.

Once you’ve moved the element into PS, the import into Adobe Captivate is identical to a standard import of a Photoshop Document.

You can watch the video on our AdobeELearning YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AdobeELearning?feature=mhum#p/f/6/jtK9Mgmqnuk

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Captivate Roadshow – Oct 25-29, Nov 1-2

We are doing a Captivate/eLearning Roadshow in the week of Oct 25-29 and Nov 1-2, 2010.

Locations – US East Coast (DC, NYC, Boston, …). Do let us know if you are not in these areas, we will try and accommodate a slot to visit you.

Our Agenda for the meeting will be:

- Take our users through a sneak-peek of what to expect in the future from Captivate and eLearning Suite

- Understand your workflows/concerns better and tailor solutions into our roadmap

- Deep dive (beyond Captivate 5) and suggest best practices to optimize your existing workflows

- Help set up a direct communication channel with the Adobe product team

Please leave a comment on this post if you would like to meet us.  Look forward to our discussions!

Engineering firm creates mission-critical simulation training using Adobe Captivate and Adobe Photoshop

Faced with a challenge to migrate his workforce from legacy to leading edge, Dave Lukasik (Professional Services Inc.) needed a rapid eLearning tool that could help him provide 21st Century Training quickly, effectively and without confusion or complexity.

“We chose Adobe Captivate because of its exceptional ease of use and ability to support rich media and interactivity,” says Lukasik. “We learned how to use Adobe Captivate very quickly. And, we have been able to make our courses interactive to keep learners engaged.”

Check out the PSI Success Story here; http://bit.ly/4r1hUD

 

eSeminars: Mobile eLearning, Screen Recording, LMS Integration

I’ll be hosting a series of eSeminars for the eLearning community over the next few months. I hope to see you there. Use the links in the table below to register for the sminars and get them added to your calendar. Don’t hesitate to use the comments section for questions / comments. 

 

Seminar Title

Schedule

Registration Page URL

Description

How do I make eLearning mobile?

11.00 am – 12.00 pm EST, January 13, 2010

http://bit.ly/8b1IB5

A step by step walk through of producing mobile eLearning content with Captivate and the eLearning Suite.

Is it really time for mobile eLearning?

12.30 – 13.30 EST, January 13, 2010

http://bit.ly/7WpVIu

A discussion of deeper issues relative to mobile delivery and eLearning. What is the critical tipping point? An examination of the mobile environment demographics and fiscal motives.  A quest to find and share information about successful, and unsuccessful attempts at eLearning with mobile delivery.

Basic Screen Recording with Adobe Captivate

11.00 am – 12.00 pm EST, February 10, 2010

http://bit.ly/7tIMhC

A step by step walk through of each of the screen recording methods used in Adobe Captivate.

A discussion of the benefits and pitfalls of screen recording as an instructional tool

12.30 – 13.30 EST, February 10, 2010

http://bit.ly/6iFrRZ

We’ll investigate the relative theories ranging from the classic Clark/Meyers psychology based recommendations, to the emerging trends toward experiential learning and ask important questions about whether audiences are actually changing?

Integrating your Quizzes with Moodle

11.00 am – 12.00 pm EST, February 24, 2010

http://bit.ly/7MkE4W

A step by step walk through of the process for creating SCORM compliant Captivate sessions with Quizzes, and then uploading the modules to your Moodle server.

An examination of Assessment and Assessment Methods

12.30 – 13.30 EST, February 24, 2010

http://bit.ly/5QzDl6

We’ll take a deeper dive into eLearning assessment methods and investigate potential variations to standard procedures. Are current methods appropriate for today’s learners?

21st Century Skills Sessions online

Its been a great holiday and as we return I wanted to share the links to the online recordings of last month’s sessions on 21st Century eLearning. I had a little trouble with the first few minutes of the Advanced session so I’ve included three links below, The extra one provides an introduction to the advanced session. Hope you enjoy. These were very good  sessions with loads of good feedback. Thanks again to all who attended.

Title:

Basics: 21st Century Skills & Adobe eLearning Suite

Duration:

00:57:26

URL for Viewing:

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?id=1575504&event=register%5Fno%5Fsession&loc=en%5Fus

Summary:

Need a reliable educational solution that enables knowledge transfer, training, or general education in your institution? Why not empower everyone to rapidly document, explain, and develop rich, interactive, pedagogically sound educational resources? Dr. Allen Partridge hosts an entry level overview of Adobe’s E-Learning Development and Management Tools. Focus is on the Adobe eLearning Suite as a powerful productivity aid for all your education needs.

Language:

English

 

 

Title:

Introduction-Advanced 21st. Century

URL for Viewing:

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?id=1575508&loc=en%5Fus&event=register%5Fno%5Fsession

Summary:

This is the first few minutes (Introduction) of the Advanced session on 21st. Century eLearning. When you finish, you can view the remainder of the session here (https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?loc=en%5Fus&id=1575512&event=register%5Fno%5Fsession ). There is no end of buzz today about Digital Literacy, Interactive Communications Technologies, and 21st Century Skill sets for students. Isn’t it time that we start identifying practical methods and tools to facilitate knowledge and skill development in this arena? And who better than Adobe to provide the tools that guide students to mastery in visualization, creative problem solving, interactive communications and media literacy? Dr. Allen Partridge frames these questions against the newly released Adobe eLearning Suite and explains how this powerful combination of tools has the potential to transform schools and students throughout the coming years.

Language:

English

 

 

Title:

Advanced: 21st Century Skills and Adobe eLearning Suite

Duration:

00:34:31

URL for Viewing:

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?loc=en%5Fus&id=1575512&event=register%5Fno%5Fsession

Summary:

There is no end of buzz today about Digital Literacy, Interactive Communications Technologies, and 21st Century Skill sets for students. Isn’t it time that we start identifying practical methods and tools to facilitate knowledge and skill development in this arena? And who better than Adobe to provide the tools that guide students to mastery in visualization, creative problem solving, interactive communications and media literacy? Dr. Allen Partridge frames these questions against the newly released Adobe eLearning Suite and explains how this powerful combination of tools has the potential to transform schools and students throughout the coming years. * The first few minutes of this session was cut off. For the viewers convenience I’ve uploaded a brief introduction here; (https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?id=1575508&loc=en%5Fus&event=register%5Fno%5Fsession).

Language:

English

 

21st Century Skills & eLearning

I’m always a little amused and puzzled when an education paradigm with a catchy name and a reasonable underpinning of support begins to gain momentum. As an academic I’m generally very skeptical. But I have to admit that the 21st centuries skills movement is one that I am more than a little impressed with. The pleasant and substantial suprise for me in 21st century skills is that it seeks to find a compromise between didactic (traditional lectures & slides) instruction and experiential (projects, problem based, etc.) instruction.

As I researched I found some solid videos, and this one was my favorite. (Apologies in advance to my international readers, the end of the video takes an overtly nationalistic tone, but i think the quality of content overall is extremely useful.)

 

The video was created by You Tube user mapleseed25, on June 2 of 2009.

If you are interested in 21st Century Skills and specifically how Adobe’s eLearning Suite can contribute to the development of these skills in learners of all ages, I’d encourage you to attend the eSeminars I’m giving tomorrow, Wednesday Dec. 16. Details are below;

      BASIC: Meeting Educational Objectives with 21st Century E-Learning Development & Management Tools

          http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1566499&loc=en_us

A    ADVANCED: 21st Century Digital Literacy Skills; Tools for the next generation 
    
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1566510&loc=en_us

 

The Captivate Twitter Widget Sneak

Shameer Ayyappan, Captivate Product Manager, posted a Connect recording of his very cool Captivate Twitter Widget presentation to the Captivate Blog.  He says…

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).

You can check out the original post here.  Basically this is a widget that makes it possible to do in place (on the right slide at the specified location) commenting – using Twitter & or in Captivate. Think of it as “In-Context Tweet Commenting”. 

What is Captivate? What is eLearning Suite?

In their 2008 eLearning Guild 360 Report on eLearning Authoring Tools and Software, the authors quite sensibly divided eLearning tools into four categories; Rapid eLearning Authoring Tools, Simulation Tools, Deployment Tools & Media Editors. It’s actually an incredibly helpful segregation and does a lot to help put the field of eLearning today into perspective.

 

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(While the chart is from me, the concept of dividing the field this way comes from http://www.elearningguild.com/research/archives/index.cfm?id=126&action=viewonly The eLearning Guild’s 2008 360 Report on Authoring and Development Tools.)

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Cold, Seriously Cold.

For most of the folks in North America, today was a ridiculously cold day. My local temperature was 19°, 7°Fahrenheit with the windchill. (About -14 Celcius). So it has been a really cold day. There is a light layer of snow on the ground here and by all reports considerably more in the American midwest. The snow, the cold, and all the associated sliding cars, windburned cheeks and sniffles that accompany the season are ever-present reminders of one of eLearning’s greatest advantages; bypassing the horrible cold.

In fact all week long, dozens of doctoral students have been handing in multiple drafts of their final papers to me, and not one of them needed to brave the cold to do so. This one small miracle of the eLearning age, I owe to Buzzword, which in my opinion is one of the greatest pieces of software of the 21st century.

Buzzword is a feature rich, hardcore word processor that runs in a browser. In many ways its the best word processor I’ve used. But enough writing, I’ll just show you. Check out the Captivate Overview below.

BuzzwordIntro.htm