Captivate 2017 Fluid Boxes

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First thoughts

Having recently had to change hard drives and re-load all my software I had my first chance to upgrade to Adobe Captivate 2017. With all the talk in e-learning about fluid boxes that had to be my first stop. I have to say it was quite easy to get my head around designing with these  boxes and handy when duplicating slides to stick with layouts and themes etc The break points bar was an improved feature too.

First go

I wanted to keep this example short and sweet (think micro learning) a quick google and wikipedia and voila! A photography 101 on the rule of thirds

Quick turn around

I set myself another challenge to see if the fluid boxes speed up the design to delivery stage. In short yes they do

Time taken from concept to finish

Approx 1 hour

View it here: https://goo.gl/mVAqZp

 

 

 

Gimp meets a team of Orthodontists

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Open Source Software training

A while ago I created and delivered a photo editing course for a team of orthodontists. Strange you may ask why they would want to learn the fine arts of photo manipulation. And so did I until they filled (excuse the intended pun!) me in.

It turns out that they had the clever idea of showing their clients what their teeth would look like after any treatment was done, before it was done! And moreover they didn’t want to pay Adobe’s rather large costs for Photoshop licenses for several of their team.

Open Source (Gimp) to the rescue!

They also had done their homework and realised that Gimp would do all and more of what they wanted. They just needed some expertise to show them how. Every time I use Gimp I get a little buzz from knowing this marvellous piece of Open Source is available to all. Getting to know how to use it is the fun part.

The finished product

Have a look  below of how I designed the course and how easy and fun it is to use Gimp

Broken Tooth Path Tool first jpeg

 

 

You Tube in Adobe Captivate

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Working out Loud

I’m posting this blog to show you how I create e-learning and how I get my inspiration.

Soundcheck: You Tube/ text entry box with adv action 

This is an entry to Articulate’s weekly e-learning challenge, which has a handy time incentive to complete your idea on time.

Learner sensory input
I had the idea of the learner listen to a piece of music and then answer a question based on the tune.
This not only engages the learner using one sense (listening) but also starts them thinking on the answer.

The design
Looking for inspiration I went looking for images that were unique and music related (I don’t like using stock images as I feel they disconnect the learner from the content because they can be so bland and wallpaper like.)

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I came across the the above image and found my inspiration and colour scheme.

Instructional Design
The approach I took when designing this was to use the first 4 parts of Gagne’s instructional design framework

1. Gain Attention: To achieve this I used bespoke imagery and a bold colour scheme

2. Inform learner of objective: I set a challenge to identify the singer by only listening, thus increasing engagement levels.

3. Recall information: The challenge will test the learners recall and knowledge of current music.

4. Present stimulus material: The song starts as soon as the slide begins. And lasts for 30 seconds, ample time for the learner to decide on an answer. Stimulus is maintained by using motion paths (vinyl record moves on enter of answer) to reveal the visual part of the Y tube

Using Gagne’s approach suits this type of e-learning where the learner is presented with information and has to make a decision.

Engagement levels are raised by using only hearing and setting the question as a recall event. This focuses the learners attention on the audio and the question.

The presentation of the question is key to maintaining engagement levels.

Motion Paths and Advanced Actions

Rather than have the user click a button to reveal the answer (a pointless interaction and boring for the end user.) I chose to use a motion path (Adobe Captivates built in function to move images). This is not only a lot more visually appealing it also adds a little surprise element to the slide useful for keeping engagement levels high. I built the motion path into an advanced action so when the user enters their answer the motion path is set to go and a conformation text box reveals if the answer is correct or not.

Here’s the finished sample:

https://goo.gl/zDaX1X

 

 

 

Part 3: Instructional Design For Good

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It’s been a busy week for me work-wise so I’ve concentrated all my course work into the weekend. Which I’m glad I did because there’s a lot of content to take in. Hats off to the team who’ve created the course it has a nice flow to it.

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Module 1 : Identify with your learners

  “it’s been emotional”

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Vinny Jones Lock, Stock and 2 smoking barrels

Know your learners’

Module 1 started with a vital part of what an I.D. does. Know your learners. The module had some marvellously written learner persona’s  and one stood out from the crowd that had my empathy kicking into overdrive, got me all emotional and had me rooting for her to do well. (I do like a good story!)

(In my experience as a Trainer and Learning Mentor getting to know the people you’re developing training for is vital to understanding where they are and how to get them where they want to be. This is especially true for distance training as I found out when assessing the I.T. skill levels of a team of orthodontists.)

Once I’d read her story, I felt myself filling in the blanks of her learning and imagined ways helping her complete her studies.

Jamie-Ann (Assessment and Outcomes)

Background
Jamie Ann is an eager learner. She doesn’t like a classroom setting, and struggles to tolerate teachers and groups. She enjoys reading. She lacks focus.

My recommendations
Jamie Ann, would benefit from a blended approach of e-learning and reading, a Learning Mentor/ Coach would offer support and provide encouragement to complete her studies.

 

Next up: Module 2
Thanks for stopping by
Christian

 

Vinny Jones Clipart from Clipart.co

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2:Instructional design for good

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Badges!

I don’t need no…(spot the film reference), actually I do need one after I’ve completed this course and a certificate of recognition from Designers for Learning.

But I’m not there yet there’s 7 modules to get through first.

The more I read about why this course is being run and its outcomes (basically 30 milllion U.S. adults don’t have high school credentials and only 2 million are supported) the more I want to complete it.

Plus it’s an Instructional Design itch I have to scratch!

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In this case it goes on the the Designers for Learning Adult Learning Zone group on the OER commons platform

Background to why the course is being run

The course gives a good grounded explanation as to why there is a need for this course which is backed-up by facts using tables and infographics.

This helps me get a good feel of how the course should be pitched and the learner skill level.

Not alone

There’s a nice social feel to this course with encouragement to share thoughts and ideas via social media and through the canvas network. I might even try a web cam next time!

Coming soon

Part 3: Module 1 . Let’s get started

Keep watching

 

 

 

Part 1:Instructional design for Adult Education

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The Course:

I saw a post on Linked In asking for people interested in instructional design to work on a MOOC to develop a course in the basic adult education sector for Maths and English. Great! everybody wins. I get a real world I.D. experience, the Adult Educators get an OER course to CCRS (College and Career readiness standards)  and the learner gets a course for free.

My First impressions

  • The course is being run on the Canvas network which looks great and is very intuitive
  • The authoring tool Open Author looks great I can’t wait to use that! very exciting!!
  • It should take about 40 hours to complete and so is a nice side project to get my I.D. teeth into
  • It’s for a non-profit educator which suits my Open Source business ideals
  • It looks a fun project to do!!

adult learn zone

The Course project

The course is aimed at supporting adult learners who have not completed high school and is to CCRS standards and I can chose from the topics below (decisions,decisions!!)

English Language Arts and Literacy, including History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical subjects, and
Mathematics

It’s being created on Open Author with which you can create OER courses. I can’t wait to get started creating more courses with that. Ideas are bouncing around in my head already

  1. Intro to Libre office
  2. Gimp essentials
  3.  plus a few more quite possibly aimed at the Charity sector

 

Part 2 will continue my journey creating a course in the wonderful world of Instructional Design

 

 

De-escalation elearning sample

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From PowerPoint to Captivate 8 (Yes it can be done!)

There are a few I.D’s in the e-learning community who frown upon Captivate 8’s ability to import Power Point effectively. I’m not one of those people. It just needs a bit of pre-thought and tweaking. I did this for a module I created in a hospital setting.

What I changed

My Power Point had an animated hand introducing the module title and hyper-links within images to continue the presentation and to answer questions. I decided to change the animation and re-build the buttons in Captivate a much easier way to do it.

It’s that simple (Click the image below to view the html 5 module)

escalation intro