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.)

microphone_in_fist

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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

Non-human characters in e-learning

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The excellent Articulate e-learning community run a weekly challenge to improve skills and share best practice. This week’s was to get a non-human character to ‘talk’. These come in handy especially when I.D. can’t find  a character to suit or in my example below I wanted to reach to a younger audience .

The design

There was always going to be bespoke artwork (I prefer it in my e-learning) so I drew a computer chip, leaving room for googly eyes and a smile. A bit of photo-editing with GIMP ( A Free alternative to photoshop) and I was ready to author.

Captivate 8

Adobe’s authoring software made this bit a breeze, place the photos on the slide, get the timing and audio to match and Boom! it’s a breeze

Click image to launch the sample

motherboar elh #113

 

 

My html 5 video intro

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The idea

If you’ve seen a movie or watched t.v. in the last twenty years you’ll be familiar with the production or channel video intro’s before the actual viewing.

The Creation/ Inspiration

I’ve been playing around with html5 animations recently to put in my e-learning courses. Then the idea came to me about creating my own intro video. The movie Trainspotting has a great intro sequence made to look like your stood in an underground tube station as a train whizzes by. THAT’s the look I was after

The Result

Once I was happy with the html5 animation I had to find some music to put to it the excellent http://www.freesfx site has a good selection of piano snippets to choose from but one stood out.

Check out my efforts below

 

8 bit art in elearning

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Stock vs Bespoke images

I’m a believer in using bespoke images where possible when I create an elearning course. I also believe stock images are over used they can also distract and disengage the learner. Pictures can say a thousand words but they can also be interesting and engaging.

Freebie alert

I know Christmas has some and gone but everyone likes a surprise and seeing as the elearning community both at Articulate and the Adobe forums have been so generous, it’s time I shared something.

8 bit icon promo

I’ve created an 8 bit technology icon set I’d like to share with you all.

Look out on this blog for a future full colour version or send me a request

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5-v9RNnU0ALS3AxQV9KRlhtOE0&usp=sharing

 

E-learning showing conversation

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E-learning Heroes Challenge #105

This week’s challenge was to find creative ways to show dialogue in e-learning. Which lit my creative side

The idea

I had plenty of ideas for this challenge but I had to whittle it down to one.

Ticker Tape – scrolling dialogue at the bottom of the screen

Translation – Two sentences in different languages

Subtext – Speech bubble for dialogue. Loose text for the thought.

But the winner was

Subtitles- The type you see on T.V. for the hard of hearing.

bbc subtitles

The Design

I set myself an extra challenge which was to shrink the working area by using a mobile phone template. With space at a premium the dialogue had to be snappy. A busy workplace setting sprang to mind. I used text and audio to set the scene.

wordpress promo subtitle

The Result

I coloured the text for each character to help the reader identify who is saying what and used left and right placement to reinforce this.

Having the text pop-up also helped with identification and reading.

Click the image below to view the sample

wordpress promo

 

E-learning Heroes Challenge #106 Design an e-learning cereal box

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Breakfast cereal don’t get my taste buds going, but this challenge certainly got my creative juices flowing. The wonderful community at Articulate had a great idea to create a cereal box with an e-learning theme. The learning industry is awash with buzzwords all promoting the latest fad, so I went with a new one, which, is also a good one.

Cognitive Overload

‘Thin slices’ created by expert Stephen Myers, explains single-concept learning, where the learner is given information one concept at a time, to help information overload.

Box creation

Once I had chosen ‘Thin slices’ and cognitive overload, I soon had the idea of the look I wanted. The longest bit was get the colour scheme and finding a font that suited the design.

Tools

I used Powerpoint for the background and shapes.

Dafont is an excellent font resource. I used  ‘Cut the Crap’ !

Cereal box ELH

Update:

I wasn’t overly happy with the image above it didn’t feel cereal enough.

Here’s my updated effort. With more of a story feel to it

cog overlord

From PowerPoint Deck to interactive Elearning

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This post will show you how I created an interactive elearning module from a fairly dry and overlong Powerpoint Deck.

To view the finished sample: http://chilp.it/9b90c7f

The source deck

I found this Powerpoint on the web and thought it could do with some TLC. The presentation is 65 slides on health & safety in the workplace. The subject matter is important but the style and design of the presentation had me sliding down my chair at around slide 30.SLF 2

The solution

I took the main information from the aim of the deck (awareness of hazards in the workplace) and started to design an interactive module. PowerPoint delivers information a linear fashion, but I wanted the learner to have choices on how to view the course information, but NOT to skip any. I used Adobe Captivate to create this decision branching effect.

The development tools

I wanted to keep the info and some images in PowerPoint then use the interactive power of Adobe Captivate to create an engaging learning experience. I customised a Powerpoint template from the excellent Elearning Heroes community. I added the following elements from within Adobe Captivate

Text to voice

Insert a You Tube

Cartoon character

Next Buttons

Drag and drop

Quiz

This is a lot to add in to a six slide module, but I wanted to show how you can ‘lift’ a boring slideshow into an interactive and engaging elearning experience.

view it here : http://chilp.it/9b90c7f