Last month at DevLearn 2013 conference, I participated in the 9th Annual eLearning DemoFest event and showcased an Interactive eBook on how to use Adobe Presenter to create eLearning courses. There were 81 participants at DemoFest showing off their latest and greatest development efforts, offering the DevLearn conference attendees an opportunity to see a wide variety of solutions to common eLearning challenges, and information about the tools, technologies and processes they used to build them. And the good news is that we won Best of Show-Vendor and Best Open Entry awards for the interactive eBook on Adobe Presenter. Continue reading…
Topic: Tracking Learner Interaction in Video-based Courses with Adobe Presenter 9
Description: Now-a-days, video is considered the best form of content delivery. There is a video available for almost everything. Even the trainers and educators are adopting this form of content delivery but there are some questions that plague their minds: Are my students watching the videos? Are they watching the videos more than once? How much are my students learning from these videos? Are these videos effective? Do the students have any doubts about the concepts they are being taught in the video? Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh in this interactive session to get answers to all these questions and more.
For 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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
We are thrilled to announce the Sixth Annual Adobe Learning Summit, co-located with DevLearn 2013 hosted by eLearning Guild in Las Vegas. At this event, you’ll get a chance to meet Adobe experts, industry luminaries, experienced eLearning and Education professionals, and the engineering team at Adobe.
You can choose your sessions from five different tracks based on your skill level and interest. The five tracks are: Getting Started, eLearning Pros, eLearning & Education, eLearning & Mobile, and eLearning & Analytics. Stay tuned for more information on session and speaker details soon.
The registration fee for this one-day event is Continue reading…
Scenarios and near-real stories add life to eLearning courses and make the content look and sound more meaningful. It also makes it easy for the students to understand concepts by looking at the examples and taking decisions in the scenario. They get a perfect simulated environment to practice the skills or modify behavior and the best part with scenario-based learning is that they are allowed to make mistakes and learn from them, without causing any harm whatsoever.
In spite of these benefits, you will find very few people creating scenario-based courses. Most of them rather settle for information-heavy eLearning courses. They confess that they understand the value of creating a scenario-based course, but they opt for a page-turner as it takes a lot of effort and time to design and build scenarios. So to lessen the burden for eLearning developers, we’ve introduced scenario templates in Adobe Presenter 9 which can be used to build decision points inside an eLearning course. It’s pretty easy to use these templates. Watch this short video to learn about the workflow: 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…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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/