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Graphic Design Tips for Beginners

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Selecting quality images shouldn’t be decided on a page-by-page or slide-by-slide basis. Just as images shouldn’t be selected on a page-by-page or slide-by-slide basis, the effects applied to those images should be consistent throughout the content. The post Graphic Design Tips for Beginners appeared first on E-Learning Uncovered Tip 1: Use More Than One Font.

Adobe Captivate 5: New Slide, Blank Slide. What's the Deal?

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Take a look at the Insert menu in Adobe Captivate 5 and you'll see two similar commands: New Slide and Blank Slide. In fact, it will likely appear that New Slide and Blank Slide both result in a new, blank slide. It may not seem like such a big deal, but now you won't have to take the additional step of assigning the Master Slide to the new slide.

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Adobe Captivate 5: Keep Master Slide Backgrounds at Bay

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One of the best new features in Adobe Captivate 5 is Master Slides. I  I originally covered master slides back in June of 2010. However, there is one pesky feature of Master Slides that I didn't cover back then. recently received an email from a concerned Captivate developer who had created a master slide similar to the one shown below. by Kevin Siegel.

Articulate Storyline Template Design For Beginners: 5 Easy Steps

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Remember you are not the only one likely to use this slide. wanted to create some kind of organic neat looking click to reveal slide. First, the initial screen shows the slides initial state. In Storyline, bring in the background and start building your slide. This slide is now complete. It’s always good practice to include instructions in template slides.

Adobe Captivate 9 Introduction Video Course Now Available on Adobe KnowHow

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this beginner course is for you. The lesson will include adding slides, applying themes, adding images and text, and adding interactive buttons. And you'll learn how control slide and object timing, and how to work with and edit object styles. Get a Jump-Start On Mastering This Awesome eLearning Development Tool! If you're looking to learn Adobe Captivate. and quickly. During the 6 chapters that make up this course you'll learn how to create a soft-skills lesson from scratch. Learn to publish SWF, HTML5, or both. and why. This course has you covered.

Adobe Captivate: No More Empty TEBs

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During my beginner Adobe Captivate class , I am often asked if it's possible to ensure that learners do not leave a Text Entry Box (TEB) blank. Create a Text Caption on your slide that tells the user they need to fill in the data. If the UserData is empty, show the error message and jump back to the beginning of the slide to allow for another try. by Lori Smith. Interested? 

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Add Some Status to Your TOC

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With this option selected, the duration of each slide in the lesson will be shown to your learners. However, if your lesson is an interactive simulation, it doesn't make much sense to show a slide duration since the exact amount of time spent on the interactive slide is up to the learner. I'd suggest replacing the Duration option with something far more useful: a Status Flag.

Adobe Captivate 5: Of Images and Image Slides

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When inserting images into a Captivate project, you have two choices via the Insert menu: Image and Image Slide. For most developers looking to simply insert an image on a slide, choosing Insert > Image and then opening the desired image is a common process, one that doesn't need a great deal of afterthought. However, if you accidentally choose Insert > Image Slide insead of Insert > Image , and open an image, the result is very different than simply inserting an image onto a slide. In fact, you will end up with a new slide in your project.

Don’t do this when designing e-Learning Modules: A Primer

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This got me to thinking about common pitfalls that beginner designers commonly make when designing course materials and the importance of using high quality templates and storyboards when designing module assets. If you have a few minutes, take a look at her slide deck. When I asked him why, he replied: I dislike the their templates. Don’t say you have been warned.

Adobe Captivate 5/5.5: Switch TTS Agents in a Snap

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by Kevin Siegel    During every  Captivate beginner class , time is spent on the second day teaching everyone how to use Captivate's Text-to-Speech feature to convert slide notes into speech. Here's how: First, go through your project and convert the slide notes to speech. " You can switch between one agent to another.

Captivate Tips for Beginners Part III: Adding Text Animation

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This post is the last of a three part series, Captivate Tips for Beginners. Okay, so after you have added your text to the slide click the “Effects” tab near your Timeline tab. Click on your new text within your slide. In my slide I found an animated fireworks .gif gif for my last slide. Need to add text animation to your Adobe Captivate course?

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Adobe Captivate 5: Keep Audio From Getting Cut Off

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When importing voiceover audio into Adobe Captivate, I always suggest that audio be added directly to the slide instead of objects on the slide ( Audio > Import to > Slide ). By importing audio directly onto the slide, you'll have more direct control over the audio. In the image below, a voiceover clip has been added to a slide, and the audio has been set to play just when the slide appears. We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes, as well as a half-day course on Advanced Actions. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: That Syncing Feeling

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There are two objects on a slide and they appear as blue bars on the Timeline. The red bar is known as the Playhead. I'd like the top caption on the Timeline to appear on the slide just before the 1.5 could also use the Timing group on the Properties panel to control when the caption appears on the slide. We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Round and Round We Go.

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Select a slide object and you'll notice a free-rotate icon at the top of the object. We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both by Kevin Siegel One of the shortcomings with working with objects in Adobe Captivate has always been the inability to control the rotation of a selected object. In fact, there are four tools in Captivate 5 and 5.5

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Resizing is a Snap, But Watch Your Anchor

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In the image below, I've drawn two objects on a Captivate slide. When aligning or resizing multiple slide objects, the object you select first becomes the anchor. Among the standard align and resize options, you'll also find some handy slide-alignment options. We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. by Kevin Siegel. And bam. you get this: What's that you say.

Adobe Captivate: Update Image Usage Project-Wide

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Adding an image onto a Captivate slide is as simple as choosing Insert > Image. Once the image has been added to the project, adding additional instances of the image to more slides is a snap. All that you need to do is go to the Library (Window menu) and drag the image onto a slide. We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Show For the Rest of the Project. Or Not

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If you'd like to repeat an object over a majority of your slides, one of the easiest ways to proceed is to select the object and, on the Properties panel, Timing group, select Display for rest of project. Alternatively, you can create and use master slides. However, working with master slides involves multiple steps (creating them and then using them). by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: The Fastest Angle Remover in the West

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allows you to quickly change the angle of a slide object by dragging the free-rotate icon you will find just above any selected object. We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. by Kevin Siegel. You may have noticed that Captivate 5.5 While rotating an object is great, getting rid of the rotation can get a bit sticky if you try to use the free-rotate icon. Most people will nearly remove the rotation, but are surprised to find that a slight angle remains. There are two painless ways to remove the rotation (the Angle). Sure, using the Angle field on the Transform group is easy.

Adobe Captivate: When It Comes to Images, Choose Your Quality

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One thing you can do to lower the size of your published video is control the quality of your slides. You can apply the settings to individual slides, or for all of the project slides. Low (8 bit):  This option will publish your slides with the smallest possible size and should be the one you try first. We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both

Adobe Captivate: Pre-Test Before You Test

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During one of my recent beginner Adobe Captivate classes, a student asked if it was possible to maintain two quizzes within a single Captivate project. Choose Quiz > Pretest Question Slide and you'll be presented with pretty much the same Insert Questions dialog box that you will see when you insert standard Question Slides. by Kevin Siegel.

Joining the Web Research 4 Beginners online conference next week. take a look

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For the researchers out there that are interested in using online sources to build up their research, this is a great meeting point: the Web Research 4 Beginners Online Conference. What can you expect? Starting 22 June up until 26 June, during five days, two presentations a week will be given by a variety of speakers. Let me just copy from their homepage: "Is web research for me?

Articulate Storyline 2 Templates: A Feast for Your Eyes

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Given a little time, a beginner could easily teach themselves the basics of the program through simple trial and error and minimal instruction. With a plethora of uniquely styled slides and interactions, your biggest problem will be brainstorming enough material to use all this template has to offer. ” “Oh, no reason. Just curious about you guys.”

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Quizzes To Write Home About

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For instance, when you add a multiple choice question slide, something simple like aligning the text horizontally is a real challenge. and then some. I've spent some time playing with question slides and it appears that the text formatting issues that plagued Captivate 5 are a thing of the past. And I love it if I was able to create better-looking question slides out of the box.

Adobe Captivate 5: Two-Bits for the Best Rate

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You can record audio directly to slide objects, a single slide, multiple slides or the project background. Regardless of your choice, you'll end up within the Slide Audio dialog box.   In the lower left of the Slide Audio dialog box is a Settings button. We are now offering Beginner and Advanced classes, as well as a half-day course on Advanced Actions.

Adobe Captivate: Say Goodbye to the Mouse Click Sound

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First, select any of the mouse pointers on any slide in your project. We offer  Beginner  and Advanced  classes. Both by Kevin Siegel    I received an SOS from a fellow Captivate developer who was having a hate-hate relationship with the mouse click sounds he was hearing in his Adobe Captivate demonstration. Project-wide?

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Adobe Captivate 6: Branch Aware

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On slide 1, I added three buttons. Each button jumps to a different branch within the quiz (Beginner, Intermediate, Expert).  After the last question in each branch, I jumped the learner to the  QuizResults  slide.   If I hadn't set the last question in each branch to jump to the QuizResults slide, my question numbering would not display correctly. 

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Blur it Baby

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During playback, you realize that there is something on some of the slide backgrounds that you simply don't want the learner to see. However, if the problem exists on several slides, you would be looking at a lot of editing. Here's how: Right-click the slide needing the blur effect and choose Find Background in the Library.   Drag the selected library image onto the slide.   On the Timing group of the Properties panel, set the Display For timing of the cropped image to rest of slide. We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both

Webinar: Essentials for Getting Started in Storyline

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The things she instructed us on are timeless in the sense that both beginners and pro-designers can benefit from the knowledge that was shared. And lastly, she taught us how to make custom navigation buttons in Storyline to tie all the slides together for an awesome project. Amber taught us how to customize the built-in Storyline player so that both player and project mesh seamlessly.

Adobe Captivate 5: Get the TOC Out of the Way with an Overlay

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However, if you look in the upper left of the slide, there are two arrows. We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes, as well as a half-day course on Advanced Actions. by Kevin Siegel. Adding a Table of Contents to your published Captivate project is a great idea. you'll be giving your learners an easy way to navigate through the lesson. Then click the Settings button.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Export Audio

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From the lower left of the dialog box, select Show object level audio so that you can see all of the project's audio files (even those attached to objects on your slides). We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. by Kevin Siegel. received an interesting email last week from a Captivate developer asking where imported audio was physically stored on the computer. She had edited much of the audio from within Captivate and needed to share some of the edited clips with team members in her office. Choose Audio > Audio Management to open the Advanced Audio Mangement dialog box.

Adobe Captivate 5: One Quick Way to a Project Template

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Once you have created the blank template, you would go through the process of adding placeholders , master slides, object styles, actions and anything else you think you'll need in projects that would use the template. Note: The one downside that I've seen using this workaround is that you won't be able to add placeholder objects or placeholder slides to the cptl file that you created by renaming the file outside of Captivate. We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both by Kevin Siegel. Go ahead and check it out.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Change the Background, Keep the Objects

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With the new lesson open, copy the first slide's background to the clipboard. Right-click the first slide and choose Paste as Background. The slide background in the original lesson will now look like the new interface. However, any slide objects, actions and timing that existed on the slide or its objects will remain intact. We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. by Kevin Siegel. fellow Captivate developer sent me an email asking for advice. It seemed that he had just completed a slick eLearning lesson in Captivate. "Yes." "Yes."

Excellent instructional design: a 10-tip beginners' guide | Good.

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This beginners’ guide provides some basic building blocks to help training managers or subject matter experts wear their new instructional design hats with confidence! I’ve put the slides from ‘top 10 tips for excellent instructional design’ (with no narrative) on SlideShare and there’s also a recording of the session available for IITT members.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Lowering the Size of Published SWFs

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Use Fewer Slides Keep the number of slides in your Captivate project as low as possible. Simply put, the more slides in your lesson, the larger the published lesson will be, especially if your lessons are larger (a large width and/or height) and you captured pixel-heavy backgrounds. We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. by Kevin Siegel.

Graphic Design vs. Visual Communications for E-Learning

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For example, what good is it to use effective graphic design techniques if you’re simply going to fill the slide with bullet points? When you start the development of your course, graphic design plays an important role as you initially create your slide templates or prototypes. It easy to assume these terms all reference the way a course looks and feels. What’s the difference?

eLearning & Gamification: Apply the Octalysis Framework to Your Training

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Yu-kai says he will continue to expand upon his  Beginner's Guide to Gamification  to include more in-depth information on scoring the eight drives. AJ teaches a live, 3-hour class that offers tips/tricks for improving the look and feel of your PowerPoint presentations:  Slide Sprucing: Remodeling Lackluster PowerPoint Slides for eLearning and Presentations.

Robert Pratten – Sponge UK elearning podcast

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You can see the slides from Robert’s talk at the eLearning Guild’s games and gamification conference on Slideshare. Find out more about Robert’s book Getting Started in Transmedia Storytelling, a practical guide for beginners , currently in it’s second edition. Follow Robert on Twitter: @robpratten. Robert mentions the book Walking the Talk by Carolyn Taylor.