WEBINAR RECORDING: PART 2 – How to turn a linear PowerPoint Presentation into an immersive, interactive Adobe Captivate project.

During our most recent webinar, we shared some insights on how to turn a linear PowerPoint presentation into an interactive Captivate project, with the great mystery of the ‘green tick’ revealed!

Let’s pick up where we left off, building upon these concepts and showing you how to:

  • Use Shared Actions for accelerated deployment of section completion actions
  • Incorporate questions into each section
  • Utilise Adobe Captivate frames to navigate straight to a specific part of the slide
  • Display a final call to action on the menu slide to bypass the completed actions and finish the module

You can watch the Part 1 webinar recording here. 

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WEBINAR RECORDING: PART 1 – How to turn a linear PowerPoint Presentation into an immersive, interactive Adobe Captivate project.

 

Creating Adobe Captivate from PowerPoint is just one way to fast track your eLearning development.

If an Instructional Designer or SME has created a PowerPoint, you can easily import the PowerPoint into Adobe Captivate, but that’s just the beginning.

What if you want to add interactivity, quizzes or non-linear progression?

Using Adobe Captivate’s built-in quiz functionality combined with a splash of Advanced Actions, you can take your Imported PowerPoint to a whole new level ready to deploy to your Learning Management System or web server.

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[WEBINAR] PART 2 – How to turn a linear PowerPoint Presentation into an immersive, interactive Adobe Captivate project.

From PowerPoint to eLearning – It’s your turn to be a hero!

Date: Tuesday, October 31st (Australia/New Zealand/APAC)

Time: 11 am (Australian EDT) / 1 pm (NZ)

During our most recent webinar, we shared some insights on how to turn a linear PowerPoint presentation into an interactive Captivate project, with the great mystery of the ‘green tick’ revealed!

If you’re interested in revisiting that webinar – here’s a link to the recording.

Let’s pick up where we left off.

In our next webinar on Tuesday 31st October, we’re going to build upon these concepts and show you how to:

  • Use Shared Actions for accelerated deployment of section completion actions
  • Incorporate questions into each section
  • Utilise Adobe Captivate frames to navigate straight to a specific part of the slide
  • Display a final call to action on the menu slide to bypass the completed actions and finish the module

Using Adobe Captivate’s built-in quiz functionality combined with a splash of Advanced Actions, you can take your Imported PowerPoints to a whole new level ready to deploy to your Learning Management System or web server.

 

How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation from your Adobe Captivate Project

Adobe Captivate allows a simple way to print your Captivate slides to a Microsoft Word document, however there may be times when you are required to create a Microsoft PowerPoint deck of the Captivate slides.

So how do we get the Captivate slides into PowerPoint, without individually taking a screenshot of each slide?

Fortunately we can use a simple trick in Microsoft Word which will allow us to extract the “screenshots” of the slides that Captivate creates when printing to the Word document.

We do this by saving the Word document as an HTML file.

Follow these 3 easy steps to export your Captivate slides into a PowerPoint presentation.

1. Print your Adobe Captivate project: File > Print

 

 

 

 

 

2. Open up the Word document that is generated, and from within Word Save As > Web Page (HTML)

 

 

 

 

 

When creating an HTML version of a Word document, word creates a separate folder to store the images (HTML documents don’t have images actually embedded in the document, like a Word document)

3. In PowerPoint, Insert > Photo Album, and select the images from the folder that Word created

 

 

 

 

 

There you have it, Adobe Captivate to MS PowerPoint in 3 easy steps!

For further instructions, watch this below video:

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[WEBINAR] How to turn a linear PowerPoint Presentation into an immersive, interactive Adobe Captivate project.

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th (Australia/New Zealand/APAC)

Time: 11 am (Australian EDT) / 1 pm (NZ)

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From PowerPoint to eLearning – It’s your turn to be a hero!

Let’s say you’ve put together a pretty impressive PowerPoint presentation. Your boss loves you and can’t get enough of your slide transitions. Good times – for now.

Now Gavin joins your team. He’s impressed by slide transitions but is looking for more interactivity. How do you impress him? Easy!

Join the Learning Plan webinar on Wednesday, October 18th (11 am AEST / 1 pm NZ) where you’ll learn how to convert (once-awesome) PowerPoint presentations into an engaging eLearning project, developed in Adobe Captivate.

Be a hero to Gavin in just 45 minutes. He’ll remember you as a hero forever!

Creating Adobe Captivate from PowerPoint is just one way to fast track your eLearning development.

If an Instructional Designer or SME has created a PowerPoint, you can easily import the PowerPoint into Adobe Captivate, but that’s just the beginning. What if you want to add interactivity, quizzes or non-linear progression?

Using Adobe Captivate’s built-in quiz functionality combined with a splash of Advanced Actions, you can take your Imported PowerPoints to a whole new level ready to deploy to your Learning Management System or web server.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Rapid development utilising existing content
  • Quickly update content in PowerPoint without SMEs needing to access Adobe Captivate

Who should attend:

  • eLearning Developers
  • SMEs providing developers with content in PowerPoint
  • L&D consultants who may need to create eLearning from time to time
  • eLearning Specialists working with Marketing presentations for product launches

Our presenter

John Stericker John is an Adobe Captivate Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor with over 20 years experience designing and developing e-learning and IT training.

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Register here: http://learningplan.com.au/event/webinar-turn-linear-powerpoint-presentation-immersive-interactive-adobe-captivate-project/

Essential PowerPoint Animations Tips

PowerPoint animation tips

I’ve been reviewing a lot of the older PowerPoint tutorials that I’ve posted in the past. Most are still relevant, but a few have changed. In this post, we’ll do a refresh on the basics on PowerPoint animations.

PowerPoint Animation Basics

There are four types of animations in PowerPoint:

  • Entrance: object comes on to the slide
  • Exit: object leaves the slide
  • Emphasis: object remains in place, but animates to provide emphasis or become a focal point
  • Motion path: object follows a drawn path.

powerpoint animation panel

When selecting animations, keep in mind that there are additional animation choices at the bottom of the selection panel. And not all animations are supported when converted for e-learning. And one last tip, because you can animate doesn’t mean you should.

Triggering PowerPoint Animations

Animations are generally triggered by three things:

  • On click: object doesn’t animate until mouse click triggers the animation. This is what you need if you’re syncing animations with narration for your e-learning courses.
  • With previous: object animates with the previous animation. It also animates automatically if it’s the first object on the screen.
  • After previous: object animates after the previous animation.

When you select an animation and when it should start, you also have the option to set its duration and whether to delay or not. Once you understand how to time animations, you can compound them and create all sorts of effects.

You can also set triggers in PowerPoint to animate on other actions, such as clicking on a shape. These work great in PowerPoint by itself but are something I’d avoid when converting PowerPoint slides to an e-learning course.

PowerPoint Animation Pane

The PowerPoint animation pane gives you more control of the PowerPoint animations.

  • You can see the stacking order of animated objects.
  • How the objects are timed to the timeline.
  • Clicking on the drop down arrow exposes more advanced PowerPoint animation options such as start/stop effects and timing.

powerpoint-animation-panel

PowerPoint Animation Painter

You can add multiple animations to a single object. This allows you to create all sorts of complex animations. However, this can also be a time-consuming process. One production tip is to use the animation painter to copy animations from one object to another. This is especially useful if you need to repeat an animation on a different object.

powerpoint animation painter

Here are a Couple of Bonus Tips

When using motion paths, select one of the pre-built motion paths rather than drawing your own. You’ll end up with fewer edit points which will make the animation along the path much smoother. If you do need to draw a custom path, use the curved shape tool and edit the points.

PowerPoint animation motion path edit points

Use the selection pane [Home>Select>Selection Pane] to edit the names of the objects on the slide. It makes it a lot easier to understand what’s happening in the animation pane.

powerpooint animation selection pane

Here are some cool PowerPoint animation tutorials as well as a bunch more. They should spur all sorts of ideas.

Once you understand the basics of PowerPoint animations you’ll be able to create virtually anything you want and build e-learning courses in PowerPoint that won’t give away that they were created in PowerPoint.

Do you have any PowerPoint animation tips?


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Free PowerPoint Template to Manage Free Fonts

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There are tons of free dingbat fonts available for download. And they’re great to use for your training and e-learning courses. Here’s what you already know:

Great! But what about managing those fonts and quickly previewing the icons and images you can use? It’s a pain to review them one-by-one.

Here’s an easy way to manage all of those free fonts and preview the ones you want to use to create graphic and icon files for your courses and presentation.

Free PowerPoint Template

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You can download the PowerPoint template here. I made a simple video to show how to use it. Essentially you select the font characters and apply the dingbat font to see the correlation between the keystroke and what it produces.

Here are the basic steps:

  • Create a slide for the font characters. I like to create a single slide for each wingding font.
  • Select the characters (watch the video to see how you only select the letters you want to change).
  • Apply the wingding font to the selected characters.
  • This gives you a single screen with all of the characters and corresponding keystroke.
  • If you want to save the slide, type in the name of the font for quick reference.

Click here to view the video.

As a bonus (and slightly different approach) Taylor at Nuts & Bolts Speed Training offers his free font cutter solution and a number of icons.

What do you do to manage and preview those wingding type fonts?


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  • London: November 13 & 14. Details coming soon.
  • Manchester: November 16 & 17. Seats will be limited. Details coming soon.
  • There are a couple of other events planned. Once we get all of the bookings confirmed, we'll add the registration page and info.

 

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Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for elearning, instructional design, and training jobs

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Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This elearning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

Here’s a Simple PowerPoint Hack to Help with Course Design

PowerPoint Hacks to impress

Like many of you, I’m no graphic designer. I do have enough skill to get what I need or know enough to modify existing templates. The good thing is that today, it’s not that big of a deal because you get media assets like Articulate’s Content Library. So you have plenty of quality templates and stock images to help guide your design.

However, there are times when you may be stuck with a specific image and need to figure out how to create different (but matching) layouts without doing a bunch of edits in a different program. Here are some tips based on a presentation I gave recently on creating a professional portfolio. I had three images and used those to create different looks. And I did it all in PowerPoint.

I’ll show you what I look for and a few simple hacks to free up space and create different layouts.

Here’s a PowerPoint tutorial with more detail.

The tutorial below reviews what I’m sharing with more detail so that you can see how to choose and manipulate stock images for your courses and presentations.

PowerPoint Hack tutorial

Click here to view the tutorial video.

  • How to create more whitespace and get rid of extra content.
  • How to create matching backgrounds.
  • How to create content areas.

PowerPoint Hack: Start with Matching Graphics

Whenever I find a stock image that works for my project, I try to find more from the same artist. And if that’s not possible, I try to find images that are very similar in style. This allows me to mix and match elements. In the case of my presentation, I started with these three images:

PowerPoint hack

And with those three images, I was able to create various distinct slides.

PowerPoint hack various slides

PowerPoint Hack: Identify Content Buckets

By themselves, the stock images look fine and really don’t require any edits. However, when it comes to adding custom content, then the stock images have some constraints especially when it comes to adding content.

Identify places where you can add content (like images and text). If you start with a large enough stock image, you’ll be able to scale it and still maintain visual quality.

Here are a few areas from the images that can be modified to become content buckets.

powerpoint hack content area

PowerPoint Hack: Create Whitespace

After identifying places to put content, I look for ways to declutter the image and create more white space. There are a few ways to do that:

  • Cover up part of the stock image to get rid of clutter.
  • Zoom in and focus on clean flat areas.
  • Crop and reposition the image.
  • Create your own white space using image elements.

Here are just a few looks taken from a single image. In the first batch, I created three iterations of the one image.

PowerPoint hack custom layouts

And in the second, I replicated the background to give me enough whitespace and room to create my own matching images. In the presentation, I added a few white boxes to represent pages.

To learn more, watch the tutorial video. It provides the detailed step-by-step process.

The key point is that all of this is done right inside of PowerPoint and doesn’t require special skills or advanced features. What’s nice about this is that it only takes a few minutes and this approach provides an easy way to create professional quality layouts that are consistent in how they look.


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  • Articulate Roadshows. Join us for one or two days of e-learning goodness. Day 1 focuses on more general e-learning topics and Day 2 is centered on learning to build some nice, reusable interactions. They're great activities to help you learn more about the tools. Sign up using the links below. Seats are limited for the events. If you're interested in presenting at one of the roadshows, let me know.
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  • Seattle: August 21 & 22. Early bird rate expires August 7. Register here.
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  • San Francisco: October ?? Details coming soon.
  • London: November. Details coming soon.
  • Manchester: November. Details coming soon.
  • There are a couple of other events planned. Once we get all of the bookings confirmed, we'll add the registration page and info.

 

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Here’s a great job board for elearning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly elearning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This elearning 101 series and the free e-books will help.

When PowerPoint goes bad

What are your pet peeves about using PowerPoint? Is it the tool itself or how people use it?

I use PowerPoint, and think it is a good way to engage students and staff, and can be used as a way to spur enjoyment, engagement and interest in your subject. But that’s more about how the tool is used rather than the tool itself. So, here are some observations I’ve made over the years about PowerPoint, and how people use it ‘badly’:

  • Font – Inconsistent use of fonts across the slide deck, or even on the same slide. Using fonts that really don’t work on screen (like Times New Roman), or using Comic Sans. Please. Don’t.
  • Images – So you found Google images or another such image search. You’ve copied the image to your slide and it looks good. It doesn’t. That small image might look OK on your screen, but test it in a classroom or lecture theatre, you’ve stretched it so much it’s pixelated so much it’s almost unrecognisable.
  • Words – Writing your whole lesson in PowerPoint and spending half the lesson with your back to the class so you can read from the projector screen. Same goes if you stand behind the lectern PC and read of that screen instead.
  • Bullet points – PowerPoint makes it too easy to use them, but that doesn’t mean you should (yes, I can see the irony as I’m using them here too).
  • Colour / Templates – Just because you can lots of colour or standard PowerPoint templates doesn’t mean you should. Keep it simple so your key message shines through – the more colour / mess on the slide will only detract or hide your content.
  • Charts / Tables – Do you really need that chart or table that shows 50 different points of information.
  • Animation – I’ve never found animated stars or arrows to help the presentation. If the slide is structured properly you shouldn’t need them.
  • Clipart – Please. Don’t.
  • Volume – You may feel that your one hour presentation needs 100 slides. I’m pretty sure your audience/class doesn’t. 

If in doubt about any aspect of your use of PowerPoint, the best time to find out how you’re doing is now, while you’ve time to go and check it all out and not half way through the most important presentation of your career. Would you rather a slightly awkward conversation in private now or suddenly realise the conference venue has emptied for lunch 45 minutes early, just after you start your 16th of 135 slides?

Go find your friendly learning technologist (yes, we are friendly!), ask us to look over it and tell you what we think. We will be honest but we’ll be critical and, most importantly, constructive. We will offer support and suggestions, we will give your pointers on how to cut the information on the slides (and how to deliver it too, if you want) and we will be there to help you feel comfortable creating slide decks in future and deliver them. Every learning technologist I’ve ever met will do this, without question and without judgement; we’re just happy we can offer our expertise and make your job easier (and more successful).

There are plenty of online tutorials and help websites if you want to find out yourself about using PowerPoint ‘well’. Try sites like this and this and this.

If in doubt this video – Life after death by PowerPoint – will help you see the error of your ways.

Image source: EU PVSEC (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Dozens of Free Dingbat Fonts for Commercial Use

free fonts

In an earlier post, we looked at how to convert dingbat and wingding fonts into vector images that you can use in your e-learning courses and presentations. They’re great for creating icons or bullet lists.

Not that you know how to convert the fonts into vector images, you need some fonts to use.

I reviewed a bunch of the free fonts and tried to sort to the those that are free for commercial use. If you want to search on your own, look for facefonts, dingbats, or wingdings. They tend to produce good results. Also, most of the free font sites have an assortment of these fonts.

As always when using free resources, confirm the licensing agreement and provide proper attribution. And it’s still good practice to give the owner props.

Free Faces & Character Fonts

free font icon

Free Icon Fonts

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Free Shape & Arrow Fonts

free fonts arrows

Are there certain fonts like these you like to use?


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Upcoming E-Learning Events


 

Free E-Learning Resources

Want to learn more? Check out these articles and free resources in the community.

Here’s a great job board for elearning, instructional design, and training jobs

Participate in the weekly elearning challenges to sharpen your skills

Get your free PowerPoint templates and free graphics & stock images.

Lots of cool elearning examples to check out and find inspiration.

Getting Started? This elearning 101 series and the free e-books will help.