I believe training anybody on any particular tool (even the seemingly ubiquitous Microsoft Office suite), is the wrong way to go. Talk to them about the skill (writing, creating presentations, etc), and then give some assignments across a couple of different tools. This gives you transferrable skills, which will equip you to communicate and collaborate regardless of the latest wave of tools. And that’s what’s important, in this day of increasing change.
Learnlets » eLearning 2.0.
I was just discussing this with a colleague this morning and I love Clark’s take on this.
Developing Online Training and Presentation Materials | Sun Learning eXchange.
Sun has lots of “2.0-ish” information including this video site. This particular video is a nice one about PowerPoint to video using Camtasia. The rest of the site has good info and examples of wikis, blogs, etc in a corporate setting.
Facilitating Online Communities: Leigh’s Facilitation Skills.
I’m participating in Leigh Blackall’s Online Facilitation course and this is a post from a fellow participant that points to 10 good facilitation skills. It’s a great list to reference if you facilitate any online activities. Thanks for the link Sylvia!
Chief Learning Officer magazine – What Stinks About Webinars?.
As I read this article I found myself nodding my head. I’m much like Antonia and Colleen in the fac that I too think of webinars as “…a low-risk, easy, quick and cheap way to stay current about the state of the field…”
My personal experience has been that it’s hard to find the really good ones. I’ve seen most (if not all) of the pitfalls mentioned in the article but I don’t mind. I’ve come to see that often it’s easier to learn from non-examples (i.e. What not to do) than examples.
If you ever host / conduct online synchronous events you should go read this article to make sure you’re not making any of the mistakes mentioned.
If you do not make use of webinars as a personal learning tool you should definitely take a look at this and consider doing so. Webinars are a cheap (often free), low commitment way to learn and if it’s a bad session all you have to do it click out of it and move on.
If you’re having issues with the graphics being distorted after publishing, you can refer to the Word of Mouth blog below:
This issue is related to how Flash handles non-vector images and small text (we don’t recommend including small text in images; you’ll see much better results if you type your text in PowerPoint).
You can learn more here: View Document.
To work around this issue you could try several things.
1) Go to Articulate -> Player Template Builder -> Other -> Browser Window Settings -> Presentation size and select “Lock presentation at optimal size.”
2) When you create your image make sure you are creating the image at the exact scale you want it to be. So if you want an image that is 340 pixels wide by 240 pixels deep then this is the size at which you should create the image. Resizing images in PowerPoint will have a direct impact on the quality of the image in your published output.
3) Try using a different file type such as emf, jpg, or png.
4) Try converting the screenshot to SWF. This will produce the best results. An inexpensive tool that can do this is Image2SWF: Vertical Moon | Convert Images to Flash
Per Karl Kapp via Jane Bozarth:
“If the only thing moving is somebody’s lips, then you don’t need video.”
In response to Tony Karrer’s post about improving Google skills, here is a 12 minute version that I built for an assignment in the Ed Tech Master’s program at SDSU. Here’s the link to it via my portfolio site. which has a little additional explanation about how I created it awhile back.
(The direct link is here and I hope it remains available since it’s on an SDSU server and I just graduated.)
So I hope it’s beneficial even though I didn’t quite make the 5 minute criteria. I’ll make you a deal if you get to the 5 minute mark and still don’t like it just click Exit! 😎
If you click the “Attachments” link in the top right of the course you’ll find links to a Google “Cheat Sheet” which is digestible in 5 minutes and GoogleGuide.com which is a pretty extensive resource on this topic.
Let me know what you think. Thanks!