Last month at DevLearn 2013 conference, I participated in the 9th Annual eLearning DemoFest event and showcased an Interactive eBook for iPad 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…
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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…
Topic: Things you thought you could never do with Advanced Actions and Variables
Description: Shhhhh! It’s a secret, which will be revealed during this exciting session on Advanced Actions and Variables, where Dr. Pooja Jaisingh will demonstrate how to make the most of this feature in Adobe Captivate 7 and a lot of things that you never knew you could do with Advanced Actions. Register now to secure your seat!
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.
Topic: Making the most of Themes in Adobe Captivate 7
Date and time: Thursday, 7th November, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific
Description: Themes in Adobe Captivate 7 help your project look better with coordinated colors, well-planned layouts for slides, fonts and effects. Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, as she shows you how to make the most of the preloaded Captivate themes, customize them to suit your requirements, save them as a new theme, and reuse them for other projects.
I’m busy prepping for my concurrent session at Adobe Learning Summit on Monday, 21st October. During this session, I’ll be sharing some cool tips on how to use the drag and drop interaction in Adobe Captivate 7. And guess what… It’s becoming really difficult to wait until Monday to share all these amazing tips, so here’s one of them, just for you!
When you add a Drag and Drop interaction, you get the ability to add a generic audio feedback for correct and incorrect answers. This audio feedback gives an indication to the learner if the response was correct or incorrect, but they don’t get to know why the option was correct or incorrect. In these interactions, it will be beneficial for the learners to receive Continue reading…
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.
Adobe Captivate 7 is shipped with some great looking themes to help you get started with your eLearning course creation easily. These themes help you save a lot of time that you would otherwise have to spend in creating graphical assets for your eLearning courses. These themes are bundled with multiple eLearning screen layouts to choose from, so that you can easily select the one that suits the content type for your eLearning course screens.
Along with the ability to use existing themes, you can also create your own themes and add them to the themes panel and start creating your courses from there. This is especially useful when you have to use a branded template for your eLearning course creation and need a consistent look and feel for your courses.
Let’s take a look at Continue reading…
Guest Blog by: Joanne Nichols, Adobe Certified Trainer and an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Captivate
When creating eLearning it is important to ensure you keep the user engaged. By nature we are inquisitive, so why not create eLearning to capture the learner’s interest using this to our advantage. Rollovers are a great way to do this. (Obviously this means that these rollover effects that I am teaching you today cannot be used for mobile learning. However you can replicate the effects using click boxes and advanced actions, but be mindful that on mobile devices there is no rollover state so you would just skip the “on rollover” portion of the effects).
One way I have done this is to create a category game, so rather than having a boring slide with button menu items like this:
Why not engage the learner with a hidden category game. The category is hidden and the user has to rollover the category badge to reveal the category. By using effects we can 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: Creating Interactive Courses using Raptivity and Captivate
Date and time: Thursday, 3rd October, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific
Description: Join Joe Ganci, eLearning and Captivate Community Expert to learn how eLearning developers can enhance their learners’ experience by using Raptivity and Captivate in conjunction. Learning interactions form an integral part of the eLearning courses. But these interactions have to be wisely chosen so that they augment learning instead of providing mere ornamental value to the course. So as an eLearning developer, there are quite a few considerations when selecting tools for designing interactions. One of the most important factors is whether the interactions produced with that interactivity builder tool will integrate seamlessly with their course authoring tool. In this webinar, Joe will focus on how eLearning developers can use Raptivity interactions to augment their Captivate courses. He will also demonstrate how easy it is to seamlessly integrate Raptivity interactions with Captivate. You will also get to see some interesting example courses created using these tools and how one can leverage the capabilities of both these tools to create interactive and engaging courses rapidly without programming.
Topic: Multiple Decisions Using Advanced Conditional Actions
Date and time: Thursday, 10th October, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific
Description: Advanced conditional actions take eLearning to the next level by providing complex conditional-based interactive scenarios. Although quiz questions have advanced features, sometimes developers prefer to create their own knowledge check questions. In this demonstration, Anita Horsley will show you how to construct a knowledge check with multiple decisions and consequences using advanced conditional actions. In order to grasp this training, the participant should have a fundamental understanding of variables, actions and advanced standard actions.
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.
Topic: mEnable your existing Adobe Captivate Courses
Date and time: Thursday, 31st October, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific
Description: Join Damien Bruyndonckx, Captivate Community Expert to learn about the tips tricks and best practices to make your existing Captivate content mobile friendly. The HTML 5 capabilities of Adobe Captivate, makes it possible to access your eLearning courses on mobile devices. That being said, m-Enabeling your content probably requires a bit more work than simply re-publishing it in HTML 5 format. In this session, we will mEnable an existing Captivate project made for the desktop. We will use the HTML 5 tracker to identify the unsupported features of the project and we will discuss how we can replace these features by mobile friendly features. We will also tweak the existing project in order to optimize the learning experience for the mobile devices. At the end of the road, the project will be a bit different than the original project providing a slightly different experience to the desktop and mobile students. Is it acceptable? Do we have to provide the exact same experience to desktop and mobile users? Those are important questions that we will discuss together during the session.
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…
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: Thursday, 12th September, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific
Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Maanasa Srinivasulu for an exciting session on how to convert plain text to narration in your Adobe Captivate 7 courses. You will learn about the best practices of using Text-to-Speech voices in Adobe Captivate 7 and make them sound natural by using VTML tags. Don’t miss it!
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: Thursday, 19th September, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific
Description: Join Joanne Nichols, Captivate Community Expert, to learn how to use the Effects feature in Adobe Captivate 7 to create engaging eLearning courses. Learn how to use smart shapes to create tabs, page turning interaction, as well as other great ideas and games.
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.