June 10, 2014
One of the most compelling new features in Adobe Captivate 8 is the ability to create location based learning, thanks to the added support for Geolocation. In this article I’ll describe my most recent adventure creating a simple location based learning example at the Australia Zoo, just outside of Brisbane.
I spent the last week in Australia. I arrived in Brisbane on Saturday, the first of June at about 7:30 in the morning with a mission in mind. I had high hopes that I might Continue reading…
May 20, 2014
In a stunning and welcome move, Adobe is announcing today a major update to their Adobe Captivate software. Captivate has been used by trainers and educators around the world for authoring online courses for more than a decade. In that time it has clearly become the industry leading tool for online course authoring (according to several eLearning Guild annual reports.) Mobile phones and tablets are quickly becoming the most common way to access the Internet and the Captivate team has reacted to Continue reading…
May 15, 2014
mLearning has been a buzzword in eLearning for decades. Nearly every year someone speculates that the time for mLearning has finally arrived – and just about that often we discover that still – very few people actually are producing their learning content for mobile devices. You can imagine then that it is with some trepidation that Continue reading…
February 22, 2014
This week I hosted Adobe Captivate Developer Anita Horsley in an eSeminar and was thrilled to learn a cool new tip. (Yup, even I didn’t realize that you could do this nifty little trick with your eLearning modules.)
Permit me to set the stage. You are building your latest learning module in Adobe Captivate. You know that the module is essentially four sections, one for each of three big topics and one for the final assessment. But it’s a long project, and you’ve got dozens, maybe even hundreds of slides. Every time you go to search for the start point of section 2 or three you find yourself scrolling the thumbnail section for Continue reading…
January 28, 2014
Power in the Box
Sometimes you don’t want to turn the page. It’s typical in eLearning projects to assemble the module as a series of slides, and many times you can get all of the information that you want in a single slide, but sometimes, you want to provide optional information or include an opportunity for a simple, custom interaction that gives additional information. One really cool way Continue reading…
January 10, 2014
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.
Adobe Presenter includes an amazing video recording tool that let’s anyone easily create amazing show and tell videos, by recording both a web cam and your computer screen at the Continue reading…
November 20, 2013
Whenever software is updated I know I’m always eager to learn what is new and what is improved. I imagine that is the case for many people, so in that spirit I’ve compiled a list of the new and improved items included in the Adobe Captivate 7.0.1 update and I’ve added some context to help make sense of it all.
Mobile is one of the fastest growing areas in eLearning. If you missed my eSeminar on mobile learning last week, here’s a link to the Slideshare. The gist of my presentation: about half of all Continue reading…
November 15, 2013
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…
November 1, 2013
Let’s share a few scary cool tips and tricks for creating great eLearning with Adobe Captivate this Halloween. I held an eSeminar yesterday with a complete overview – Here is the downloadable source: littlMonstors.cptx, as well as a brief overview of some of the highlights.
Trick #1 – Create a popup window with just a few clicks
In this example I created a simple example of a glossary popup window. It’s incredibly simple to do in Captivate. Just Shift-Select all of the items in your popup window – and press CTRL+G to group Continue reading…
October 28, 2013
One of the best things about going to conferences is that we get to hear from colleagues around the world and see what they’ve been up to. Last week in Las Vegas, eLearning Developers, educators and trainers from around the world gathered to share industry trends, the latest techniques and teaching / training methods and to learn from one another at the Adobe Learning Summit (Monday) and at DevLearn, the annual eLearning Guild event during the remaining week.
The Adobe eLearning Team was out in full force to host the Adobe Learning Summit on Monday. We kicked off the day with a keynote from Author and Continue reading…
October 16, 2013
You may never see video creation the same way. Just one click to record both your desktop and your webcam and minutes later you could be publishing professional quality videos on YouTube, to mobile devices or just about anywhere you’d like. Better yet, it’s free, it’s an App for Mac, and it’s available worldwide.
Creating great videos has not traditionally been an easy task. People usually find that there are plenty of obstacles. From cameras to lighting, editing and publishing – making your own videos can be a lengthy and difficult process. Adobe changed that earlier this year with the introduction of Adobe Presenter Video Express. This amazing new tool enables anyone to quickly create professional quality show and tell videos. It’s ease-of-use is stunning, and we’ve heard customers telling us that they love using it to make videos for everything from rapid eLearning to game walk-throughs.
If you are using a Mac, you can download Adobe Presenter Video Express at the Mac App Store. Here’s that link. The tool is free to download and you can publish videos of any length for free (with a watermark.) If you’d like to publish videos without the watermark, you can either pay a small $1.99 fee, or you can acquire free publishing coupons by sharing news about the app with your friends.
It’s incredibly simple to use Adobe Presenter Video Express. You just click a single button to begin recording both the computer screen and your web cam. Once you’ve finished recording you can easily switch the final view between your webcam and your desktop – rapidly creating a professional video that shares your message with the world. Publishing from Adobe Presenter Video Express is simple, with options to publish the video to your local computer (as an mp4 video) or online to YouTube or Dropbox.
It’s also now possible to earn watermark free publishes by sharing Adobe Presenter Video Express with your friends and colleagues. To use this feature, just choose Refer a friend from the application menu. You’ll get a link to an online dialog that let’s you refer Adobe Presenter Video Express to friends. For each of your friends who downloads and installs PVX, you’ll earn 5 Free – Watermark Free video publishes. (Your friends will get 2.)
Adobe Presenter Video Express is now available to Mac users worldwide via App Stores around the world. If you are using a PC, you can download a free trial of Adobe Presenter 9 here – and experiment with the PC version of the application.
September 13, 2013
It’s no secret that Educators and trainers have been flirting with virtually any solution that will alleviate the doldrum of yet another mind numbing info-dump. Learners hate cycling through countless pages of online reading – only to be challenged with a ‘quiz’ to demonstrate that they’ve either read or already knew everything that was contained in the early pages of an online lesson.
One often considered method is ‘Gamification.’ Gamification is one of those Continue reading…