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)
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.
‘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.
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.
I used Powerpoint for the background and shapes.
Dafont is an excellent font resource. I used ‘Cut the Crap’ !
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
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.
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
Drag and drop
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