Whether you are working to impress the boss or to share your favorite game tips with friends, virtually everyone is looking to YouTube videos to catch and create the latest trends. In the past, creating great videos has been a difficult proposition, it’s difficult to imagine how you can go from average video surfer to top notch video creator, but it doesn’t have to be that difficult to make YouTube videos, thanks to a cool new tool from Adobe.
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Adobe’s award winning Presenter Video Creator has been enhanced with new tools designed to put interaction right into educational videos. Trainers and Educators alike are rapidly adopting Adobe Presenter thanks to it’s amazingly simple, show-and-tell video tool. Innovations in the video tool have been delighting users for more than a year now. Given the immediate popularity of the new learner intervention, tracking and collaboration tools were added to interactive projects, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Adobe has released an update that now provides users a tool that will let them embed learner tracking and collaboration right inside the videos.
I think the simplest way to explain this new workflow is to do so in pictures.
I’ve explained extensively here how to use Continue reading…
Guest post by Kevin Siegel, Founder and President, IconLogic, Inc.
Often times the hardest part about creating an eLearning course is getting started. Many people struggle with the look and feel of the individual lessons, quality images, and workable scenarios. You’ll be happy to learn that Adobe Presenter provides some wonderful tools that will help get your eLearning course jump-started. I’m talking specifically about Presenter’s Scenes, Characters and Scenarios.
Scenes are helpful when you’re trying to quickly create an eLearning course, but you don’t have the time to draw the background elements to support the slides. To use Presenter’s Scenes, you can begin with something as simple as a brand new PowerPoint presentation. On the Adobe Presenter tab, Insert group, you simply click the Scene tool.
On the Insert Scene dialog box, you can select Continue reading…
How to publish Adobe Presenter Projects to your Moodle LMS (this will work for many other LMS’ too.)
1. Create a PowerPoint Project
2. Integrate any kind of Quiz
3. Feel free to include the new Collaboration features in Adobe Presenter 9
4. Once you are done with the project, press the Quiz: Manage Button.
5. The Quiz Manager Dialog Opens Continue reading…
Flipped Classroom (sometimes called flipped teaching) is an approach to education that blends both online instruction and offline learning. Generally in Flipped Classrooms the online learning is done with videos and quizzes offered offline and this gives the teacher more time to spend engaging directly with learners in activities and exercises during class.
It earned the name ‘Flipped’ because traditional in class activities (like lecture) are moved to homework time, and traditional homework activities, are moved to the class meeting time. The advantage of this Continue reading…
In 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…
Today Adobe introduced the new Adobe Presenter 9, a fantastic tool for anyone to create interactive content and videos. Presenter has a long tradition of innovation. If you are in business, education or training, the new Presenter has a LOT to offer you.
What does it do?
At it’s core, Adobe Presenter allows anyone to easily convert Microsoft PowerPoint projects to either videos or interactive applications. Along the way you can add a wide variety of ‘no programming required’ interactions and quizzes, add your voice and even add amazing video from the comfort of your desk. Adobe Presenter installs right inside Microsoft PowerPoint, so you’ll have no problem creating content, and it adds additional tools that are super simple to use, and that help you add great audio, beautiful video, awesome animation and engaging interactions – all without any programming.
Who Uses It?
Adobe Presenter 9 is used by a lot of people in many different fields. Not surprising, because so is Microsoft PowerPoint. Here are some of the biggest groups of users. Trainers, Instructional Designers, Subject Matter Experts and eLearning Authors. These folks use Adobe Presenter to easily create Quizzes and content and get it out to their learners quickly. Adobe Presenter is also very popular with Sales, Marketing and Business Managers. Adobe Presenter features a revolutionary video tool – it’s totally intuitive to use and saves time and money while opening the door to social video creation for everyone in enterprise. Traditional educators also love Adobe Presenter for a couple of really big reasons. It makes video creation so simple that students from Kindergarten to College can easily use it to create fantastic videos. That builds a technology bridge for 21st century skills that help teachers meet their educational objectives and provide 21st century skills experience for all of their students without missing a beat. Teachers also use Adobe Presenter 9 to flip their classroom – putting lectures online, so that they have more time to spend during class working directly with students.
What’s new in Adobe Presenter 9?
I’m incredibly excited about the new features in Adobe Presenter 9. Top of my list is Learner Collaboration and Intervention. These brilliant new features combine modern social media experiences with innovative tools in learner tracking.
Learner Collaboration provides you with a sensational way to introduce conversation, questions and discussion into your published course modules and Presenter Projects. Whether you want learners to interact with instructors or potential customers to interact with you and your team you’ll find that the collaboration tools are ideal for hosting social interaction. Educators will especially enjoy this option as it effectively re-introduces class discussion into courses and it makes the experience even more powerful by tracking the interactions that students have with you and one another, encouraging robust communication. You’ll be able to evaluate student participation and can even automatically include it in the course grading criteria.
Learner Intervention extends the social collaboration experience and integrates the traditional quiz outcomes to create a modern and powerful solution for analyzing the student learning outcomes in your course. Just click on the handy dashboard link from your authoring ribbon (right inside PowerPoint) and you’ll see real-time data displayed in easy to understand charts and graphs, letting you see first hand how well your learners are doing on every aspect of a course. You can easily click through to individual students and get an immediate sense of which students are doing well, and which students need additional attention from you. Finally educators have the power to detect early potential problems with learning and to intervene early – improving the chance that the student will meet and even exceed their expectations.
Another amazing new feature in Adobe Presenter 9 is the speech to text & annotation enabled personal video creation tool. You’ll be making your own custom YouTube videos in seconds with this super-simple video tool. It was awarded the prestigious CODiE award in 2013 for ‘Best Video Tool’ and after just a few minutes you’ll see why. The video creation solution seems almost magical. It easily generates sophisticated ‘studio quality’ videos with animated transitions, professional looking titles and lower third graphics and sizzling hot pan and zoom effects. With just a few buttons you feel like a video pro and as you think of the thousands of dollars you’re saving bypassing expensive studios and recording sessions – you’ll feel like a wealthy video pro. In every field there are tools that we remember. The ones that signal the move from creation by a few super-geeks with specialized skills to creation by the rest of us. With the video tools in Adobe Presenter 9, you’re bound to see that video is no longer only for super geeks. We can all make great looking, professional videos and we don’t need tons of money or time to do it.
Also new in Adobe Presenter 9, Drag and Drop Interactions. Now you can create drag and drop quiz questions without any programming, right inside Microsoft PowerPoint. It’s simple and quick and you’ll be able to easily design and create all kinds of cool interactions.
One of my favorite new features is the scenario builder. Using the scenario builder Presenter will generate complex multi-path navigated scenarios for you, and all you need to do is drop in the text. Whether you’re creating sales training, soft skills solutions or just experimenting with scenario based learning – the scenario tool will save you time and hassle by solving many of the most challenging problems for you.
Accessibility has been a crucial issue for most of us for quite a while now, and around the world the expectations to maintain accessible material online continues to escalate. Adobe Presenter 9 contains many Accessibility enhancements to help you easily create 508 and WCAG 2.0 compatible content. From support for screen readers via arrows and tab keys to speech to text automatically generated after video recordings Presenter 9 has powerful Accessibility tools to support your content creation needs.
Every day now the world seems to get more mobile with it’s computers. It’s become an expectation that content we create will run well on mobile devices and Adobe Presenter 9 meets and exceeds that expectation. Using Presenter 9 you can simply publish your file as a SWF for playback in online browsers, and the free and terrific Adobe Presenter Mobile App (both for iOS and for Android) will automatically play back that Flash file on iPads, iPods, iPhones and Android devices.
These are just a few of the many amazing new features and enhancements in Adobe Presenter 9. If you haven’t tried it out – what on earth are you waiting for? Download your very own free trial copy of Adobe Presenter 9 here; http://www.adobe.com/products/presenter/
The winners of this year’s CODiE awards have been announced by the SIIE and we’re very pleased to share the great news regarding Adobe Presenter. Adobe Presenter Video Creator, one of the favorite new features in Adobe Presenter 8, has been recognized as the winner in the Best Video Tool category.
The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards. The first round review of all nominees is conducted by media, publishing, and information services executives with considerable industry expertise, including members of the industry, analysts, media and bloggers, and bankers and investors. The judges are responsible for selecting the CODiE Awards finalists. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products and the scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.
It is an honor to be recognized for Adobe Presenter Video Creator, and we hope you’ll Continue reading…
The Adobe eLearning team is thrilled today to announce the immediate availability of a very special release of Adobe Presenter 8. This release will grant early access to fantastic new features and is available only to customers on Adobe Software Assurance plans for Adobe Presenter & eLearning Suite (as well as those customers on maintenance agreements and eLearning Suite 6 / 6.1 Subscriptions.)
For customers not on these subscription plans these features are expected to also appear in the next full release of Presenter.
Let’s have a look at the exciting new features.
New audio workflow
The new audio interface is slim and sweet! You’ll love the simplicity.
With just a couple buttons it’s an incredibly intuitive audio interface. Now you can record and sync audio with your PowerPoint slides effortlessly. Just click the Continue reading…
I don’t usually talk about buying and selling our eLearning products. I suppose to some this might seem strange. After all, I do work for Adobe and we do make some amazing software. When asked about it I’ll usually say, “I just show how the software works and talk about eLearning, the products pretty much sell themselves.” And honestly, that’s true. The teams continue to improve the products so quickly that I’m almost always able to say “Yes, we can do that.”
So why a post about subscriptions. Well today is a very special day. It’s a day of a promise fulfilled. Today, subscription, Adobe Software Assurance (ASA) and other customers who have various forms of subscription agreements will get early access to Adobe Captivate features in Continue reading…
There is a fundamental problem that exists in the typical business workplace today. Chances are that you or someone in your office is already painfully aware of it. We’ve seen an explosion in the number of people whose jobs are directly related to their expertise, and for whom ‘what they know’ has become a kind of ‘insurance’ plan.
Have you ever heard a colleague proclaim “If I’m the only one who knows how to do this, ‘they’ can never fire me.” We’ve all heard similar comments and perhaps even nodded along, or said the words ourselves. But what is the actual cost of this kind of environment of knowledge hoarding. Research in fact suggests that it cuts much Continue reading…
Are you teaching at a college or university that is rapidly adopting online courses? Do you want to enhance your traditional classroom experience with more online course materials? Are you one of the thousands moving to mostly online teaching? Join Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist as he demonstrates and discusses the fundamental concepts in interactivity and engagement for your eLearning courses. You’ll learn to use Adobe Presenter 8 & the new Video Creator to take the course materials you’ve got, and create amazing interactive experiences your students will love.
Join me for this eSeminar, free online on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM US Pacific. Just click the link below to register for the session and the system will send you link info and a reminder.