Change Adoption Training And Mobility

The world keeps rapidly changing and, unfortunately, change can often feel very painful! How can organizations support employees through these transitions more effectively? What are some of the considerations for a successful intervention? Let’s find out together!

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Master those Fluid Boxes!

Intro

A while ago I published a post explaining the setup of the Quizzing Master slides, compulsory parts of each theme, even the almost empty Blank theme. In this article I will try to explain my experiences using Fluid Boxes on Content Master slides. Most themes shipped with Captivate have several content master slides (exception = Blank theme). Let us first start with the master slides that are not behaving like the content or quiz master slides

Main master slide, Blank and Title master slides

Main Master slide

It is not possible to insert Fluid boxes on the main master slide: the button seems active but both options (Vertical and Horizontal) are dimmed. Objects placed on that Main master slide, and inherited by the daughter master slides, are to be set up using the Position Properties panel. Example: the text container with my name and copyright in the example movie.
As you probably know, it is not possible to have shape buttons timed for the rest of the project when you use Fluid boxes. You could put a shape button on the main or one of the other master slides but you cannot control it because it has no ID. In the example movie I preferred to have a Next button on the individual slides, because ton most slides it is hidden until the learner has visited everything. However a toggle shape button for Audio, for CC, for the TOC could be on the Main Master slide. They will not behave like objects in a Fluid box however, but act as defined on the Position Properties panel for size and location.

Blank Master slide

This master slide has no Fluid boxes by default but you could add them. As I have explained in previous articles, you should prefer to duplicate the master slide for editing, don’t edit the original slide because it is used for Powerpoint import and for software simulations.

Title Master slide

That master slide has one Fluid box (parent fluid box) but no child fluid boxes. It is set up as ‘Squeeze in a Column’, and vertically and horizontally centered. Weird is the fact that you cannot even insert child Fluid boxes.  Because each new project, using the default theme White will start automatically with a Title slide, this has caused already many frustrations when starting with the use of Fluid boxes. If you want to use fluid boxes on the first slide, you have to change the master slide from Title to Blank (exception Blank theme which starts with a Blank slide).

Content master slides

It can be a time saver to use a content slide that has already Fluid boxes. In a future next article I’ll explain how to create a custom content master slide with the help of Guides, but for now let us focus on an existing master slide, and see how we can tweak it.
In the example movie, the second slide is based on the Content04 master slide from the Theme ‘OldPaper’. I didn’t customize the theme, just applied the correction explained in my last post

Look at the setup of the Fluid boxes on the master slide: the parent fluid box (FB_15) has two vertcial child FB’s (FB_16 and FB_17). The top one is meant for the Title placeholder:

The bottom Fluid Box has 4 child FB’s, (FB_19,FB_20, FB_21, FB_22), which are set up to wrap Symmetrically (when width is too small, two FB’s will move to the next row), and have a padding both vertically and horizontally to have some spacing between the FB’s. Each of them has a placeholder for an image.

Example movie

Play with this responsive movie (will open in a new window) which has only 3 slides: Title slide (with inserted Next button, and taking over my name from the main master slide), a slide based on Content04 master slide, with a lot of tweaking, and an End slide. On the content slide you are supposed to click each of the 4 buttons in the top. The Next button on that slide will only appear when you have clicked all available shape buttons and seen all the content.

Refining slide based on Content master slide

The FB setup on the master slides can be tweaked on a slide based on that master slide. You can remove all fluid boxes, but that has not much sense. To demonstrate I did a lot of tweaking for the second slide of the movie which you just watched:
  • I deleted the image placeholders
  • I decreased the height of the top fluid box (FB_MS2_16) to 10%, originally it was 15% (edited font style as well)
  • I added a third vertical child FB under the parent FB_MS2_15, it is labeled FB_9
    TIP: this will not affect the master slide, if you use Reset Master Slide button in the Properties panel of the slide, you’ll get the original layout

  • That last FB_9 got two horizontal FB’s, FB_37 (70% of the width) and FB_38 (30% of the width); the last one will be used for the navigation buttons (Back/Next)
  • The setup for FB_38 is visible in this screenshot
  • Each of the four FB’s in the center (FB_19,FB_20, FB_21, FB_22) has no longer any object (see 1) and can be divided in two new vertical child FB’s
  • As you can see on the screenshot, the top FB will have a shape button and explanation text (originally hidden, but cannot be grouped in FB’s what would make the advanced actions a lot easier), the bottom one has an example of the style of that state in a shape (also initially hidden).
  • Setup for the top FB’s here is visible in this screenshot; for the Shape button (‘Normal’) the option Maintain Aspect Ratio is kept, but not for the Text container, so that it can change for smaller screen sizes (especially in portrait mode).

More questions?

You will have seen that I always had Rulers and Guides activated. My next blog post will focus on the use of that great tool, which almost no one seems to use?

Sure, I have several advanced actions in that movie, but that was not the goal of this post. No explanations here about those actions.

6 Steps To Design Microlearning Activities That Facilitate Knowledge Retention In Online Training

eLearning professionals and eLearning companies worldwide are constantly looking for effective ways to make learning stick. It is well-proven by now that microlearning facilitates knowledge retention and that’s why modern eLearning courses are designed for short bursts of knowledge. In this article, I’ll present 6 steps to design microlearning activities that boost knowledge retention in your online training program.

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Enterprise-Class Vs Basic LMS: 4 Questions To Guide You Towards The Best Option

With more than 500 Learning Management Systems now available, people shopping for a new LMS can be overwhelmed by the number of options and features to choose from. One of the prominent dilemmas lies in the choice between an Enterprise-Class vs Basic LMS. In this article, I’ll present some important questions, and insights, that will guide you towards your best LMS solution.

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Intellectual Property Vs. Content Marketing In eLearning

Your educational materials are often unique, may have taken years to put together, and are invaluable to your work and your students. But are you limiting yourself by treating them as property? Can you compete with the free content revolution taking place online?

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Global eLearning: Rising To The Challenge Of Nation Building – Part II

To deny an education to generations of children is to deny our own future! The purpose of this article is to propose a potential solution to breaking the cycle of war through an innovative use of global eLearning. We have the technology and we have new and engaging pedagogy, but do we have the will?

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Generation 50plus macht immer öfter Weiterbildungen

Besonders weiterbildungsaktiv sind die jüngeren Altersgruppen bis zum Alter von 50 Jahren, aber auch die Generation 50plus hat in den letzten zehn Jahren ihre Weiterbildungsbeteiligung kontinuierlich gesteigert. Auch bei den über 65-Jährigen nimmt immerhin noch jeder Fünfte an Weiterbildungsmaßnahmen teil. "Weiterbildung lohnt sich in jedem Alter. Sie ermöglicht es uns, unser Wissen und unsere Kompetenzen an die sich ändernden Lebens- und Arbeitswelten anzupassen", sagte Bundesbildungsministerin Johanna Wanka.

Generation 50plus macht immer öfter Weiterbildungen

Besonders weiterbildungsaktiv sind die jüngeren Altersgruppen bis zum Alter von 50 Jahren, aber auch die Generation 50plus hat in den letzten zehn Jahren ihre Weiterbildungsbeteiligung kontinuierlich gesteigert. Auch bei den über 65-Jährigen nimmt immerhin noch jeder Fünfte an Weiterbildungsmaßnahmen teil. "Weiterbildung lohnt sich in jedem Alter. Sie ermöglicht es uns, unser Wissen und unsere Kompetenzen an die sich ändernden Lebens- und Arbeitswelten anzupassen", sagte Bundesbildungsministerin Johanna Wanka.

Wie lernen die Digital Natives?

Was bedeuten die neuen Strategien beim Wissenserwerb für Führungskräfte? Ist der Führungsstil, der vor einigen Jahren noch Erfolg hatte, heute zum Scheitern verurteilt? Und wie können innovative Software-Lösungen in der betrieblichen Aus- und Weiterbildung unterstützen?

In einem konstenlosen 30-minütigen Webinar zeigt der eLearning-Experte Jörg Wachsmuth von Talentsoft Learning Deutschland, wie man