Software Simulation Part 1 & 2

In this first part of a two part video tutorial, I cover the procedures for recording your software simulation. Make sure you watch the second part to see how I edit my recordings. Prior to starting your recording, it’s important to take certain preparation steps to make sure you are truly ready to record.

  • Script out your steps – Practise your steps so you know exactly what you’re going to record.
  • Run Captivate as an administrator – I generally run Captivate as an administrator anyway but this is one of those functions that really demands it.
  • Run the application to be captured from your primary display – When I’ve tried to record applications on my second monitor, Captivate fails to capture all the screen shots and mouse movements. This is a known bug with Captivate.
  • Know your keyboard shortcuts – While I don’t use all the shortcuts, it’s important to know where on your keyboard you need to press to activate certain functions.
  • Reset your defaults – In case you have changed your settings make sure that everything is setup to record the right kind of recording for your own situation.

In this second part of a two part video tutorial, I cover the procedures for editing your recordings and preparing them for your learners. Make sure you watch part one to find out how you get to where this video tutorial begins.

#eLearning #LIVESTREAM – Going Freelance 08/14/2017, 16:00 EDT

In this live stream, I thought I would talk about what my business is all about, how I work with clients, who my clients are and generally what you need to know about starting your own eLearning business. I will also discuss what part YouTube plays in all of this as well. I admit I don’t have all the answers, but I’m willing to discuss what’s worked for me, What hasn’t and so on.

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https://youtu.be/AIPSdkfiF2Q

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If you enjoy my LIVE STREAMS, please share them with your colleagues and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you’re notified of all my upcoming events. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel you will receive my Adobe Captivate 2017 – Responsive Custom Quiz Questions online course from Udemy for only $10 ($50 value).

#eLearning #LIVESTREAM – Captivate AMA 08/07/2017, 16:00 EDT

In this LIVE STREAM, I will be taking your questions about Adobe Captivate 2017, as well as version 9, 8, I probably won’t remember anything from 7 but you can ask anyway.

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If you enjoy my LIVE STREAMS, please share them with your colleagues and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you’re notified of all my upcoming events. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel you will receive my Adobe Captivate 2017 – Responsive Custom Quiz Questions online course from Udemy for only $10 ($50 value).

In this Live Stream, I will be covering some of the key things about Software Simulation that I have learned over the years. My hope is that if you don’t already use this foundational feature of Adobe Captivate, you will essentially have added a new tool to your eLearning toolbelt. If you have used it but don’t fully understand it, you will begin to see the power of this functionality in Captivate.

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If you enjoy my LIVE STREAMS, please share them with your colleagues and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you’re notified of all my upcoming events. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel you will receive my Adobe Captivate 2017 – Responsive Custom Quiz Questions online course from Udemy for only $10 ($50 value).

#eLearning #LIVESTREAM – Drag and Drop for 2017 – July 24, 2017, 16:00 EDT

In this very practical live stream I will be covering some key things about drag and drop in Adobe Captivate 2017. My hope is that we will all walk away learning something new (including me). Please share your questions and your own best practices so we can all get awesome with drag and drop.

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If you enjoy my LIVE STREAMS, please share them with your colleagues and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you’re notified of all my upcoming events. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel you will receive my Adobe Captivate 2017 – Responsive Custom Quiz Questions online course from Udemy for only $10 ($50 value).

The 7th Habit of Highly Effective eLearning Designers & Developers

Photo of business people hands applauding at conference

In Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the seventh habit is to sharpen the saw. Sharpen the saw means spending time working on you. i.e. the carpenter needs to spend some time making sure his or her equipment is functioning properly. I submit to you that one of the best ways eLearning designers and developers can sharpen their saws is to attend the Adobe Learning Summit in Las Vegas on October 24th, 2017. Of course, this is easy when you work for a big company that budgets for conferences and other learning activities, however more difficult if you are a freelance designer, developer, but consider the following. We have a bunch of tools as eLearning designers and developers at our disposal such as a computer, microphones, video cameras, eLearning authoring tools and so on. Hardware and software come and go, but what’s the one tool that you will use for your entire career? Guess what it’s you! Of all the tools at your disposal the most important is you. Without you, you could not be the incredible instructional designer or developer that you are. Stephen breaks down this habit into four areas.

Physical

Physical is all the things that sustain you like eating well, getting some exercise, resting and relaxing. I don’t know about you, but by October 24th, where I’m from in Canada gets pretty cold. We tend to stay indoors more and get less exercise and perhaps don’t eat as well. the great part about Las Vegas is that in October the weather is still really nice. Get in a swim before the conference or go for a nice long walk on the strip and see the sights.

Social/Emotional

Social/Emotional is making connections with other like minded individuals like yourself. Since I’ve been attending the Adobe conferences, I’ve made fantastic friends who also happen to know a whole bunch about my industry in eLearning. I can message them with questions and in return, I help them as well. For example two of my colleagues are working on an Adobe Captivate book together. They have asked me to be a content reviewer. This increases my exposure but also helps some friends out in the process. These connections are not just business contacts but rather meaningful connections that I wouldn’t have otherwise had and I expect that they will be lifelong connections.

Mental

The big part of spending the day with industry experts is learning new skills. I have been designing eLearning for over ten years, but have only been really active in the Adobe eLearning community for the last two years or so. Prior to that I basically just did the same things over and over again. By learning, reading, writing and teaching, I have received back ten fold what I have put into it. I’m a far better eLearning designer and developer than I was just two years ago. I have been in attendance at Adobe Learning Summit and the eLearning Conference in Washington as a presenter. Admittedly I’, exhausted when I get off stage, but you won’t see me back in my room sleeping. Instead, I will be in the other sessions learning more from my esteemed colleagues.

Spiritual

Spiritual can mean different things for different people. Taking time to enjoy what life has to offer is really great at re-energizing. Certainly, Las Vegas isn’t spending time in nature, however, some of its nearby landmarks that are worth seeing while you are there. Also giving yourself time to meditate and reflect on your past year will help you in planning for your future. I know that conferences are not supposed to be vacations, but you don’t have to be participating in conference activities 24/7. take some time to go out and enjoy all that Vegas has to offer.

Of course sharpening your saw doesn’t have to be super expensive either. Take advantage of the early registration pricing right now. register and pay before July 21st and you can get the full day of activities at the Adobe Learning Summit for as low as $99. Can’t make that deadline? No worries, the Adobe Learning Summit is only $249.00 USD ($199.00 with DevLearn registration).

https://www.elearningguild.com/devlearn/content/4885/devlearn-2017-conference–expo–adobe-learning-summit/

 

Really Great eLearning Example

One of the common questions I see here and get on my YouTube channel is “where can I see some samples of good eLearning to inspire me?”

Unfortunately most eLearning is someone’s intellectual property and isn’t easy to get to see. Either it’s owned by a company who developed it in-house, or paid to have it produced; or it was designed by a freelancer who isn’t about to give away their future residual income.

Occasionally I run across some really good examples and I thought if we all shared a sample of two we could all be inspired. It doesn’t matter if it was made with Adobe Captivate or not, but if you know of some good samples, please share. I’ll start.

http://www.worldwarfighter.com/hajikamal/

This course was designed by Cathy Moore with one of her clients. I’ve been following Cathy for years. She is a brilliant eLearning designer and she really understands scenario based learning and storytelling. Here is her blog post where I first learned about this example. It’s a very interesting read.

http://blog.cathy-moore.com/2010/05/elearning-example-branching-scenario/

Now it’s your turn. Please share any good examples you’ve found.