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/
Here’s the list of Webinars we’ve planned for the month of July. Feel free to register for the Webinars you wish to attend.
Topic: Learner Intervention & Course Collaboration in eLearning
Date and time: Wednesday, 10th July, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific
Description: Tracking your quiz results is wonderful, but what about the role of real, live, important and thought provoking discussion. Why should conversation be missing from our eLearning? It doesn’t need to be. Join Dr. Allen Partridge as he demonstrates simple methods that you can use to integrate effective and immediate learner communication, questions, conversations and even track those contributions as the instructor using Adobe eLearning tools. You won’t want to miss this amazing session. Register for Free today!
Topic: Moving from Knowledge Hoarding to Knowledge Sharing with Adobe Presenter Video Creator
Date and time: Wednesday, 17th July, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific
Description: 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 deeper than just the upfront issues with bottle necks and heavy retraining costs. The most serious costs of a knowledge hoarding culture are that the institution is stifled when it comes to innovation.
In this session Dr. Allen Partridge will share research on Knowledge sharing and demonstrate how Adobe Presenter Video creator can close the technology gap and facilitate a knowledge sharing culture in your organization.
Topic: Adobe Presenter for Total Beginners
Date and time: Wednesday, 24th July, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM US/Pacific
Description: Learn to create your first eLearning course using Adobe Presenter. Dr. Allen Partridge will guide you through an overview of Adobe Presenter. You’ll learn to work with basic content, insert quizzes, manage and share your courses and even create cool show and tell videos.
- Download the getProject.zip script file from here and save it on your desktop.
- Unzip the folder.
- Open Terminal and drop the getProject.py script file inside Terminal and press Enter.
- Type the exact video name and press Enter.
- A new file with APVC extension will be generated on the Desktop.
- Send this file to the engineering team for investigation at AdobePresenterVideoCreatorSupport@adobe.com
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…
Topic: Creating Interactive and Scenario-based Learning with Adobe Presenter
Description: Adobe Presenter is widely known for its ease of use to create eLearning courses from PowerPoint slides. Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Vish as they show you how you can take it a step further and add engaging interactions to your courses. They will also show you how you can easily transform your slides to scenario-based courses using Adobe Presenter.
With Adobe Presenter 8, we added a new video recording feature known as the Adobe Presenter Video Creator. It is a big hit with the training folks and allows you to create video-based lectures and demonstrations with ease! But, as Adobe Presenter is only available on Windows platform, the Mac users were not able to benefit from this.
So here’s Adobe Presenter Video Express, an exclusive app for Mac users that they can download from the Mac App Store and create stunning, studio-quality videos with ease. It allows you to minimize the time, effort, and cost of producing and editing videos by doing it yourself without specialized equipment or training. You can simultaneously capture video feeds of yourself and your screen, and easily mix and edit them to create experiences as impactful as real life.
Top features of Adobe Presenter Video Express Continue reading…
When? Thursday, May 2nd, 2013, 8am-9am US/Pacific
Description: Adobe Presenter converts your PowerPoint Presentations into exciting eLearning. Now you can also access these courses on your iPad using the Presenter Mobile App. Join Vish and Dr. Pooja Jaisingh for a step-by-step demonstration on creating an engaging mLearning course in Adobe Presenter for best viewing experience in Presenter Mobile App.
Topic: Flip the Classroom with Adobe Presenter Video Creator!
Date and time: Thursday, 9th May, 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 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.
Last month, we released a new update for Adobe Presenter 8. This release grants an early access to fantastic new features and is available only to customers on Adobe Software Assurance plans for Adobe Presenter and eLearning Suite (as well as customers on maintenance agreements and eLearning Suite 6/6.1 subscriptions.) For customers not on these plans, these new features are expected to also appear in the next full release of Presenter.
In the announcement post for Adobe Presenter 8 updates, Dr. Allen Partridge talked about some of the key features, like the new audio workflow, enhanced Adobe Presenter Mobile App, automatic closed captioning for Presenter Video Creator, Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 support, and enhanced interactions library. Along with these key features, we also have some interesting new features added to Adobe Presenter 8, which are accessibility support, closed captions, direct option to hide playbar, and ability to add a title at the beginning of the videos created using Adobe Presenter Video Creator.
Let’s talk about these features in detail: 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…