Use QR Codes as Part of Marketing Endeavor

When you’ve put a lot of effort into creating training courses and need to find a way to get learners to enroll themselves, consider using a QR Code on your marketing and promotional material.

There are many occasions when your employees don’t have access to a computer or the time to manually find and enroll themselves in Courses. With the Captivate Prime mobile app, and the LMS’ ability to generate QR Codes, all you have to do is print the Course enrollment QR Code on a flyer/poster/brochure etc. and let learners do the rest. Just make sure they have the free Adobe Captivate Prime app downloaded on their smartphones.

Click on the link below to view and download our business document on this subject:

Use QR Codes as part of Marketing Endeavor – Customer Guide

Did you like it? Did it add value to your training plans? Write in with you views and comments to jaisim@adobe.com.

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Use QR Codes to Ease ILT Workflows

Instructor Led Training (ILT) sessions are a great way for learners to attend training. However, instructors often face challenges when it comes to marking attendance for scores of learners over dozens of sessions and instances of Courses.

Please find attached our document on QR codes and how to use these to ease the ILT process. In this document, you will find the information you need to enable enrolled learners to mark attendance using QR codes, and additionally, enable instructors to accommodate walk-ins.

This is a very useful feature, especially when instructors are constantly taking classes with hundreds of learners and really do not have the time to manually mark attendance for learners. QR codes are a great way to save time and reduce the scope for errors.

Ease ILT Workflow with QR Codes – Customer Guide

We would love to hear back from you, so do please leave us a comment or email Ashwini at jaisim@adobe.com

Thanks and have a wonderful time learning with Captivate Prime!

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Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in School Education

Today’s digital world is filled with gizmos and gadgets, hence a lot of distractions! Finding new ways to make learning more interactive by Learning Management Software, to increase student engagement, and to improve knowledge retention has become difficult than ever. The question here is how can we use these modern technologies as a constructive tool in school education to make learning better than ever? Read through to find the answers.

The purpose of education is to make people learn, understand and remember things and if any of these isn’t covered, then the purpose remains unfulfilled.

The famous American polymath, Benjamin Franklin has very well stated the importance of experiential learning in education, that we tend to remember things we do. Hence, the answer to making education worthwhile is to provide new experiences to students. And the new-age technologies, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality let you do this within the walls of the classroom.

Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience: ‘Learning by Doing’

Edgar Dale, an American educator developed the Cone of Experience during the 1960s. According to the Cone of Experience, or the Learning Pyramid, learners retain more knowledge and information by what they ‘do’, rather than what they ‘read’, ‘hear’, or ‘observe’.

                   We remember 90% of what we do, and only 10% of what we read.

This research further encouraged the idea of ‘learning by doing’ which later came to be known as ‘Experiential Learning’ or ‘Action Learning’.

AR and VR: Changing the World of School Education

It is very well understood that experiential learning is much more effective than the other methods of learning. AR and VR are the technologies that promote kinaesthetic learning by providing schools with a highly engaging, interesting, and comprehensive immersive learning experience that can be controlled and managed within the classroom. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize the world of classroom pedagogy, making learning interactive and fun.

Augmented Reality in School Education

Student engagement plays a very important role for schools and teachers. It is one of the factors that decide other facets such as understanding of concepts and knowledge retention among students. With the help of Augmented Reality, teachers can get quick attention of learners which further improves student engagement.

Teaching and learning with Augmented Reality is very interactive and helps teachers to be actively involved in the process. Students enjoy watching the augmentation of 2D images to 3D interactive models on digital screens. Teachers, on the other hand benefit by focused immersion of students. They can teach as per their ease as they have the control of the devices by creating a flipped classroom.

It won’t be wrong if we call augmented reality the future of education. You don’t even need bulky equipment for its deployment. All you need is a mobile or a tablet and the plain 2-dimensional figures will get transformed into lifelike 3-dimensional models. You can explode the model and view every component and when done, join them all again to take a quick test. Whilst it incorporates experiential learning, you remember whatever you’ve done.

Virtual Reality in School Education

Virtual Reality is yet another ground-breaking technology that can transform the traditional methods of classroom teaching. The technology helps students to understand the toughest of abstract topics through immersive learning. Imagine how interesting it would be to take a tour inside the human brain or to travel in space amidst the beautiful constellations! All this is possible with Virtual Reality.

The technology lets students learn concepts in a distraction-free environment which further improves their concentration levels and helps them in understanding the most difficult topics in a very interesting way. Since students can virtually travel anywhere, they’re no longer bounded by the walls of a classroom.

The whole experience is very engaging and it helps learners retain most of the things learned as it incorporates kinaesthetic learning. After all, when you learn by doing, you remember things better.

Benefits of AR and VR for Schools and Teachers

If you still doubt the potential of augmented reality and virtual reality in school education, then the pointers mentioned below will change the way you think. Take a look.

  • Multi-Sensory Experiences: Learning through AR and VR helps teachers to create multi-sensory experiences for students through truly immersive virtual content that incorporates kinaesthetic learning.
  • Breaking Boundaries: It has always been difficult for teachers to make students understand abstract topics within the boundaries of a classroom. With the help of AR and VR, teachers can give students the ability to virtually travel to the physically inaccessible places.
  • Amplified Student Engagement: Student engagement has always been one of the major challenges for schools and teachers. Hence, learning management systems powered with AR and VR help teachers by increasing student engagement through engaging and immersive content.
  • Contextualised Learning: One of the most important benefits of AR and VR for schools is helping students learn through contextualised learning. With these modern-day technologies, teachers can bring the statues of ancient Greece to the classroom and further contextualise the learning by letting students view the same.
  • Better Teacher-Student Collaboration: Teacher-student collaboration is yet another challenge for teachers and schools. This can be improved with the help of AR and VR as teachers are actively involved in the process.

Benefits of AR and VR for Students

Just the way Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality benefit schools and teachers, these technologies come with tremendous benefits for students as well. Below are some of the most interesting ones.

  • Increased Collaboration and Teamwork: AR and VR not only help in improving teacher-student collaboration, it also helps in improving collaboration among students and nurturing teamwork.
  • Better Understanding of Concepts: Augmented reality and virtual reality help students understand abstract topics in a better way which cannot be done with traditional methods of teaching. Students can get a 360-degree view of topics such as the human heart and see how it functions.
  • Gamification of Learning: These technologies involve gamification of learning which makes the process fun and interactive. Students of all ages find virtual content very appealing, hence they are well engaged in the learning process.
  • Distraction-Free Learning: AR and VR let students’ study in a distraction-free environment which helps in a better understanding of concepts and better memory.
  • Kinaesthetic Learning: Since these technologies come with intelligent learning content, students can experience things happening around them. This is known as kinaesthetic learning which comes with benefits of its own, such as boosted long-term memory.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are not only the technologies of future education but present as well. Hence, if you’re planning to get an EdTech solution for your school, you should opt for the one powered with AR and VR.

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Reset Your Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom back to Default After Each Session Automatically

When you finally get your Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom perfected and set up exactly the way you want it in order to engage and cultivate those student barbarians who need your awesome wisdom to function in the civilized world, it is prudent to save it as a template and then create or recreate the Virtual Classroom (or rooms) for regular live interactive use from that original pristine template.

This gives you the ability to reset the Virtual Classroom back to the original Virtual Classroom configuration you initially created in your customized template. And it stores your favorite perfected room configuration in a safe place where only you may edit it.

The menu dialog offered in the Meeting or Virtual Classroom Layouts drop-down may seem confusing. It reads “Reset to default”. This does not mean reset to the default Meeting templates provided with a fresh installation of Adobe Connect, but rather to your default template – the customized one from which you created the Virtual Classroom. In this workflow we have our opportunity to maintain the initial room configuration even after multiple classes during which your teaching assistants have moved and deleted pods, content, layouts, etc., and reduced the room to a chaotic state of nature (of course you would never trash a Virtual Classroom yourself).

The first step, if not already done, is to make that room you love starting from the default templates provided by Adobe. Skip this step if you already have a Virtual Classroom set up and ready to it move to a template:

Next move the Meeting to the templates folder using the Move button in Adobe Connect Central:

Next create a new Virtual Classroom from that template you just created; choose New Virtual Classroom and select your new template and the new room will be identical with the template:

Inside the Virtual Classroom or Meeting room, after running your session, choose Layouts >Reset layouts:

Then click ‘Reset’ in the pop up:

You room is now back to your customized state of perfection and ready to be trashed all over again.

Note: If you use the Adobe Experience Manager Events module in Adobe Connect to wrap your Seminars and classes, you may also reset those separate Event templates as well; the technique for that task is outlined here:  https://www.connectusers.com/tutorials/2013/08/resetting_default_event_templates_in_adobe_connect/index.php

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How to Limit Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom Access Options

With the advent of Adobe Connect 10.5, a new option to gain access to an Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom was added: Enrolled students and account members can enter the room.

The complete list of Virtual Classroom access options after 10.5 is depicted here:

Sometimes it may be deemed prudent to limit this list. To do so, you may edit the sco_editxsl file in the appservappsvirtual_classroom folder:

The full path may look like this: Connect10.xappservappsvirtual_classroomsco_edit.xsl

Note: Before editing any of the Adobe Connect system files, always make a backup copy of the original

Edit the sco_edit.xsl as follows; search for the following entry: <xsl:with-param name=”title” select=”‘vc-registered-users-and-guests‘”/>

This will bring you to the section of the sco_edit.xsl file where you may simply comment out the access option(s) that you do not want displayed in Adobe Connect Central by bracketing them between <!– and –>. For example:

<!–
<p>
<xsl:call-template name=”input-radio”>
<xsl:with-param name=”title” select=”‘vc-registered-users-and-guests’“/>
<xsl:with-param name=”tooltip-id” select=”‘vc-registered-users-and-guests-tooltip’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”permission-principal” select=”‘public-access’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”type” select=”‘radio’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”value” select=”‘remove’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”title-nowrap” select=”‘yes’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”checked” select=”not(/results/nav/@style=’wizard’) and not(/results/permission)”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”script” select=”‘unselectBlockGuestsState()’”/>
</xsl:call-template>
</p>
<p>
<xsl:call-template name=”input-radio”>
<xsl:with-param name=”title” select=”‘enter-vc-room-url‘”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”tooltip-id” select=”‘enter-vc-room-url-tooltip’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”permission-principal” select=”‘public-access’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”type” select=”‘radio’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”value” select=”‘view-hidden’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”title-nowrap” select=”‘yes’”/>
<xsl:with-param name=”script” select=”‘unselectBlockGuestsState()’”/>
</xsl:call-template>
</p>
–>

After editing the sco_edit.xsl, restart the Adobe Connect services and refresh the Adobe Connect Central browser session displaying the Virtual Classroom administration page.

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Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom Archive Recording Playback in HTML5

With the advent of Adobe Connect 10.6, students may watch HTML5 versions of Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom archive recorded sessions in a web browser without any dependency on Adobe Flash Player or on the client-side Adobe Connect Meeting Application.

The Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom archives have the same rich interactive features in HTML5 as they do when rendered in Adobe Flash; this is not just a flat video reviewing option.

Engaging with recorded class in HTML5 provides students the ability to copy text from Notes, Chat, or Q&A pods, download a file from a File Share pod, engage with live URLs in the Chat, Q&A, Web Links, and also on content slides in the Share pod.

Content authored in Adobe Captivate and in Adobe Presenter also maintain functionality.

There are some simple required steps the Adobe Connect Virtual Classroom hosts must perform to make sure the HTML5 feature set is enabled to allow the desired end user experience; a detailed tech note outlining some frequently asked questions on the specific topic of HTML5 recording playback is posted here on the Adobe Connect Support Blog: http://blogs.adobe.com/connectsupport/adobe-connect-10-6-recording-playback-in-html-client/

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2 years with Captivate !…

Hello Captivaters !… 

One year ago, I already talk about my project :

https://elearning.adobe.com/2019/01/one-year-captivate/

It’s my second year now of being captivate by Captivate !…

I nearly used it every day… And I already create more than 750 micro-projects with Captivate…

750 !!!… You read well !!…

Most of them are for my online free french primary school project…

And you can find them if you follow the links on this page :

http://soutien67.fr/cycles/soutien_scolaire_par_classes.htm

(CP = first primary year / CE1 = second primary year / CE2 = third primary year / CM1 = fourth primary year / CM2 = Fith primary year)

There’s still a lot of work (in my mind) but little by little…

Big thanks again to all the Captivaters !…

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Certified Online Training Professional – Part Two

Good news. I’ve successfully completed my Certified Online Training Professional Certificate. I want to share my experience with all of you if you are considering getting this valuable certification.

The first thing that surprised me was that there were three facilitators. I’ve never thought about this before, but there is a distinct advantage to have several facilitators in an online course. Each brings their style to the table, and it was enjoyable to hear that variety throughout the two-day session. Each instructor gave us what they called their elevator pitch, which added credibility to the course and their delivery. That was one of the things they taught us to do. It doesn’t take long, maybe thirty seconds to explain who you are and why you are running this online course. The facilitators were Kevin Siegel, Jennie Ruby and AJ Walther. Upon hearing each introduce themselves, I knew I was learning from real experts. An expression that Kevin used early on the first day

The first thing that amazed me was there were three facilitators, including Kevin Siegel himself. I knew Kevin was a dedicated training professional, but it surprised me that the founder of ICCOTP would take time out of his busy life to teach this class. The next facilitator was Jennie Ruby. I enjoyed Jennie’s facilitation style, and I learned much from her. A brief highlight was AJ Walther. AJ was responsible for the training related to PowerPoint and visual design. AJ surprised me in that I was not expecting to learn anything new in the area of visual design, but AJ had some excellent knowledge to impart.

I’ve dozed off in train the trainer sessions that promised to teach us techniques to keep learners engaged – not so with this trio. They used the very same principles they were teaching us in their delivery. Kevin, Jennie and AJ kept us fully engaged. An expression that Kevin used early on the first day was that they ate their cooking. They were teaching us the very same principle they used throughout the class.

Online training is often inadequate or inferior because the facilitator lacks the knowledge and experience to deliver it well. One of the critical takeaways of this training for me was dispelling the myth that online training is always inferior to classroom training. Kevin took a dozen or more classroom activities that we think of as exclusive to the classroom and showed us the online versions that are just as effective. I now not only feel better prepared to deliver improved online training but can defend the reputation of online training as well.

Next, AJ took over and taught us how to transform our materials to be more appropriate for online. AJ had a great alternative to bulleted text that I will use in my online facilitation. I think I can adapt these concepts to my eLearning design as well. We were taught a great deal about implementing the organizations branding into the design of learning materials. AJ had some great examples of the use of iconography. I was so inspired by what AJ showed us that I changed the entire online facilitation that I had planned for day two. More on that later. I think the biggest takeaway was that PowerPoint isn’t just this software from the 90s anymore. Microsoft has been continually updating PowerPoint. AJ was able to share some great new features to help us make our training presentations look fantastic.

We started day two, and Kevin and Jennie taught us the importance of the right technology. I thought I would be bored with this segment because I feel pretty good about my current knowledge of technology. Again, I was surprised that I learned a bunch of things that I will be considering adjusting to my hardware and software lineup. It isn’t just about spending more money. When you think about the potential earnings from online training, a few hundred extra dollars here and there to have some backups to your technology is too outrageous.

Jennie took over again, and we learned about the differences between talking and speaking. We learned that training should be conversational. Jennie provided us with some excellent skills to take highly technical speak and turn it into more everyday language that is easier for your audience to understand.

Whether you are just getting started with online training, or if you’re like me and have been doing it for years, this program is excellent. I’m a big believer in having the credentials to prove to the decision-makers that you have the skills to do the job. As a freelance trainer, I’m certain this will lead to more repeat customers and a greater sense of satisfaction from my clients. If you work for an organization, this program will lead to improved training evaluations from your students and a happier manager.

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Certified Online Training Professional Certificate

Imagine if you only had the knowledge and skill levels that you contained immediately after college or university? I dare say you would be professionally out of date. As learning and development professionals, we often expound the benefits of continuous improvement, but we seldom take this advice ourselves. About once per year, I put aside time to “sharpen my saw” as Stephen Covey would put it in his highly successful book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Classroom and online facilitation are two very different things. I’ve learned first hand that many of the visual cues you get standing in front of a class of students often don’t exist in an online setting. For example, in a classroom, it’s easy for a skilled facilitator to pick up on facial reactions when the students require further clarification. Also, different facial reactions can let you know when students experience the “ah-ha” moments. In a classroom, a skilled facilitator can use these cues to transition to the next topic, reinforce key points, or ask students to share their thoughts. In an online setting, learners don’t always share their webcam with you. You can’t see how engaged they are or see those aforementioned facial reactions to what you are teaching. Not having this and other advantages of the classroom are something that I’ve found challenging about online facilitation.

I’ve selected to become certified by the International Council for Certified Online Training Professionals or (ICCOTP). Their Certified Online Training Professional Certificate gets me a certificate, a badge to display on my website, and my name added to the listing of council members. All of these items are great, but honestly, my biggest motivation to complete this certification is to improve my skills as an online trainer. While I think my training sessions and webinars are good right now, I think they could be better. I like the fact that upon completion of the certification, the assessment will be a live proficiency exam where I present a 10-minute lesson delivered in an online format. I will have to apply the skills learned during the training to be successful, rather than simply answering a series of multiple-choice questions.

I’m scheduled to begin the two-day online course starting August 21st, 2019. In part two of this article, I will share my key takeaways from this course as well as my recommendation as well.

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eLearning Livestream – L&D Lessons Learned | July 1st, 2019

Tune in Monday, July 1st at 12:00 EDT | 16:00 UTC for another #eLearning #livestream. This time we will be discussing L&D lessons that you have learned. Please share your ideas for this topic and more specific examples with me right here in the comments of this post. Use this link to join live or follow it now to set yourself a reminder. https://youtu.be/_CebjDMKN0I

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