Free eBook: The Complete User Guide To Moodle Chapter 1

Where can you find answers to the most frequently asked Moodle questions? This free eBook by Lambda Solutions has been designed to give you a broad overview of Moodle; here you’ll read how Moodle has been transitioned from the education to the business world and why its functionalities make it a better fit for organizations in various sectors.
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Tweak that Timeline: 4 easy workflows


Last week at the Adobe eLearning Conference in DC I presented two sessions about the Timeline. The first part ‘Demystifying Captvate’s Timeline’ allowed me to explain the basics without having to rush as was the case in the Adobe Learning Summit at Las Vegas 2017 (watch the interactive version of that presentation in: Captivate’s Timeline). The second part ‘Mastering TImeline’ had its focus on more advanced workflows, using micronavigation, advanced/shared actions and multistate objects. In the first part I didn’t use any advanced nor shared action, just offered some small practical tips. For those who couldn’t participate in the conference I will summarize those tips.In this article you’ll find 3 tweaks.

Tip 1: Pausing all slides at the end

This request often appears in the forum, and is also useful when using Captivate for presentations  (as I usually do). The user has to take an action to continue to the next slide. Two possible situations: you are using a default playbar, or custom navigation. Both workflows are using a shape button on master slides. Shape buttons are the only interactive objects allowed on master slides. You can use them in non-responsive and responsive projects (both Fluid boxes and Breakpoint views).

With Default Playbar

  • Open the Master slide panel
  • Select the Main Master slide
  • Add a shape button, with Alpha = 0 for the Fill and width = 0 for the stroke to make it invisible to the user
  • Check the settings for that shape button in the Actions tab of its Properties panel, to look like this screenshot:

    No action is needed for this shape button, its unique use is to Pause the slide. Each shape button set up this way will pause slides using this master slide at the end of the slide, whatever its duration.

  • Check if the daughter master slides have the option ‘Show Main Master Slide Objects’ checked. With the included themes, that is the case for most master slides, with the exception of the Title and the Blank master slide.

With Custom Navigation

If you use master slides with an inserted Back and/or Next shape button for custom navigation, you can use that shape button with the same settings as described under the previous workflow. Those buttons will have a Fill and perhaps also a stroke, and they may not be on the main master slide but on other master slides. You just have to check that each master slide has at least one shape button to pause the slide.

Tip 2: Reset a slide

This tweak can be used in several situations:

  • to reset a knowledge check slide
  • to reset a Drag&Drop slide configured as knowledge check slide
  • to reset effects, including motion effects
  • …..

In the second presentation I explained an advanced workflow using micronavigation, but this workflow is easier, though it will increase the number of slides, which means that you cannot use the system variables cpInfoCurrentSlide and cpInfoSlideCount to show the progess of the slides. Try this out:

  1. Insert a short dummy slide before the slide that you want to reset. Give it a timing of 0,1sec (shortest possible).
  2. On the slide to reset, insert a (shape) button which you can style as you wish.
  3. The success action of that button should be: Go to Previous Slide’. When you click that button, the playhead moves to the previous slide which is so short that it is practically invisible. Since the content slide is re-entered it will automatically be reset for the situations mentioned above.

This workflow is also valid for all types of cptx-projects, responsive or not.

Tip 3: Avoiding frustration in Quiz

Quiz and score slides have a default pausing point at 1.5secs. That pausing point is visible on the Timeline, but is not present in the Timing Properties panel. Here is a short description of the ‘role’ of this pausing point:

  1. On Quiz slides it is linked with the two-step Submit process (and Submit button). In the first step the playhead remains paused while the learner sees the feedback messages. In the second step, the playhead is released. If you keep the default Success/Last Attempt actions set to Continue, the playhead has to visit all the frames in the inactive part of the quiz slide (part after the pausing point) before reaching the next slide. You could change those actions to ‘Go to Next slide’, but sometimes (depending on the setup for transmitting the score, bandwidth etc) this could lead to problems.
  2. On the Score slide the pausing point is linked with the Continue button. Contrary to the Submit pausing, the actions triggered by that button which you specify in the Quiz Preferences (If passing/failing grade) are only done when the playhead reaches the last frame of the score slide.

In both cases you can avoid frustrations by dragging the pausing point closer to the end of the slide timeline, but not completely till the end (leave a small inactive part).

Moving the pausing point is even more required when you have slide audio on the question or score slide. In almost all cases, that slide audio will result in a longer slide duration than the default 3 seconds.  You have to know that it is not possible to pause slide audio on a quiz/score slide by a pausing point, as is possible on other slides when using an interactive object. You may not be aware of the pause at all, audio will just continue. Many users are confused by that.  If you leave the pausing point at 1,5secs, the learner will have to wait a frustrating long time when completing the Submit process (quiz slide) or leaving the score slide with the Continue button. Make sure to drag the pausing point in such a situation:

Tip 4: Forcing views

As a professor with a lot of experience in tutorials for adult learners, I really dislike this request that appears too often on the forums: how can we force a learner to ‘view’ all the content on a slide. Forcing viewing doesn’t mean understanding, nor learning at all, can even have the opposite effect. But that is off topic.

You have to forget the default playbar in this situation. Each slide will need a Next button. The timeline of that button has to start after all content has appeared and all audio has been listened to. Timelne will look similar to this screenshot:

Such a setup will become very annoying if you allow the user to revist the slide: he will have to wait again until all audio has played and all content has appeared to be able to proceed. Is there a solution? Sure, but not without advanced/shared actions. Watch out for a next blog post, linked with the second part of the Timeline presentation. I will offer you a shared action that makes it very easy to avoid that boring situation on second and later visits.

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How To Make An Alternate Reality Game: Introduction

ARGs do not spring fully formed from their creator’s mind. Instead, they are the result of many hours of ideation, refinement, and testing. But like any creative endeavor, the reward of seeing your creation come to life and the goals achieved is priceless.
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#52books The Hero with a Thousand Faces

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#52Books – The Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

Format: Audiobook

For Christmas during my freshman year at Virginia Tech, my father gave me a copy of The Power of Myth.

“Wendy, you might not understand this right now – but keep revisiting it.”

Joseph Campbell’s life centered around finding the commonalities between mythologies and cultures. His work and perspective influenced the way I approach life.  The constant search for common themes between disparate cultures and activities.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces is the combined, comprehensive exploration of Joseph Campbell’s academic work.  The foundations of the hero’s journey are here. The recognition of the similarities between creation and destruction myths is here. Essentially, this is (and has been) the foundational book in the comparative mythology corpus.

That said, this is also very academic and not the most approachable read.  Even in audio, the text is dense and professorial. The over-dramatic reading by the 3 narrators doesn’t help.  Furthermore, it felt like it took 5-10 chapters for the editors to determine the best balance between the narrators.

Hearing the material DOES help get a sense of the poetry and repetition inherent in the stories told in oral cultures.  The stories are designed to be remembered and re-told around the fire.

The audiobook is long and I found myself alternately drifting elsewhere or being aggravated by the British accented male narrator’s over-dramatic delivery.  My taste in audiobook narration leans towards straight-forward.  You may find it charming if you are into fiction.

This does not negate the importance of this book.  Dense, richly layered, and comprehensive.

As an introduction to Joseph Campbell, however, I would show them The Power of MythThe Hero with a Thousand Faces (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) is the deep dive for those who want to explore further.

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Where do I start?

Hello…I am a graphic designer that’s looking to enhance my skills.  I have been working in the branding/design/marketing space for 20+ years, and use InDesign,Illustrator and Photoshop for nearly everything I do. My question is…to get into the e-learning space….do I need a different skill set? Do I need to learn Adobe captivate? I do a lot of digital layout…white papers, newsletters, e-books etc. that combine custom images with text, and I use InDesign for this. Does the e-learning community hire traditional graphic designers for this…or do I need some additional training?   I’ve been consulting/contract designer for 10+ years, and want to be prepared for a “corporate” job sometime in the future.  Thanks in advance.

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The Skills Your Call Center Training Should Focus On

Those who think of call center employees as low-skill labor have never worked in a call center. It’s nothing of the sort. It’s a demanding line of work, where success lies in a combination of skills. In this article, we’ll look at 6 skills that make a great call center agent.
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Retake quiz after reviewing

I saw in older posts that it was not possible to retake a quiz once you reviewed it (without closing the course).  I was wondering if there is anything in 2017 that will allow an exam to be retaken.  I know about knowledge checks but that is not what I need, I need a scored exam reporting to an LMS.  It is an FAA requirement that upon completing an exam the student must be able to review the exam.  To get around this I have been using feedback on every question as the review so when they get to the results slide there is no review button (they do get a review but not all at once).  I have one department that requires the review at the end of the exam so if anyone knows of a solution please let me know (javascript or advanced actions).

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