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Microsoft Launches ELearning Add-On

LearnDash

The global success of Articulate is well known in the elearning field, and it appears that Microsoft would like to steal a bit of market share as well! Recently, Microsoft revealed their plans for a new product called Mix  with the purpose of simplifying online course creation within PowerPoint. Once we know more, than a Microsoft Mix review will be possible. Sound familiar?

Create a Branching Scenario in Microsoft PowerPoint

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Microsoft PowerPointby Thomas Reyes-Cairo      A branching scenario is a great way to help a learner apply knowledge by providing a simulated situation from real life. They're also fairly easy to create! Follow these four steps to quickly bring your PowerPoint projects that extra bit of interaction. Storyboard it Out. Think of it like this. The

Microsoft Surface: Will It Help mLearning?

Upside Learning

Yesterday Microsoft finally unveiled its new tablet called Surface. It seems to have made a solid first impression , which is good news for Microsoft given this one represents several firsts for Microsoft. Couple this with a steady decline of Blackberry devices as preferred corporate mobile devices and there is a perfect slot for Microsoft tablets and mobiles to fill.

12 Free Microsoft Teaching Tools

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Microsoft Partners in Learning has created an abundance of resources for professionals and educators around the world to take new approaches to teaching and learning. Learning Suite by Microsoft. The Learning Suite by Microsoft is a set of innovative applications for education that create a robust, creative and collaborative learning environment for students and educators.

eLearning: Articulate Storyline and Microsoft PowerPoint

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by Kevin Siegel      If Microsoft PowerPoint is your starting point for developing eLearning content, you can reuse that content in any of the top eLearning development tools including  Adobe Presenter ,  Adobe Captivate , and  TechSmith Camtasia Studio. Articulate Storyline e-learning eLearning Microsoft PowerPoint mLearning Storyline

Microsoft So.cl: An Experiment In Social + Search + Learning

Upside Learning

Last week Microsoft launched a new network called so.cl – pronounced ‘social’ – which is being discussed all over the web. It is described as “an experimental research project, developed by Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, focused on exploring the possibilities of social search for the purpose of learning.” Innovation Social Learning Microsoft So.cl

How To Easily Create ELearning Videos from Microsoft PowerPoint

LearnDash

Everyday we are asked questions relating to the supported media in LearnDash as people look to make robust online training content. And often we are asked about ways to use PowerPoint for elearning course content. Now, there are many ways you can integrate PowerPoint into any elearning program. But what if you just need something “in between”? But this isn’t always ideal either.

Microsoft Brings Back Free Clip Art…Sort Of

Rapid eLearning

So last week’s news that Microsoft is bringing back free clip art was a breath of fresh, kind of. About two years ago, Microsoft got rid of clip art. The good news is Microsoft has formed a partnership with Pickit  which offers a pretty big library of images. However, Here are the instructions that Microsoft provides: Make sure you’re signed in to Office. Open

Product Review: Microsoft Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint 2013

eLearning 24-7

Some products including Articulate Studio and Storyline use the Microsoft SDK PowerPoint ribbon as their main ribbon. If I was Microsoft, I would say to myself, “Why let these products be the only ones who can do this, when it is our product”   And lo and behold, Microsoft jumped into the fray. Microsoft Terms. The product?  Office Mix.  The cost? What is it?

eLearning: What Happened to Microsoft's Free Image Gallery?

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by AJ Walther    In my  Optimizing PowerPoint Design for eLearning & Presentations  class I like to sing the praises of  Microsoft's free online image gallery. Let's say you found this image:     If you found the image in Microsoft's free image gallery, then it came complete with a linked style number. Useless. But no.

Microsoft PowerPoint: Measurement Unit Conversion in a Flash

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Microsoft PowerPoint TCS5 TechComm Technical Communications by AJ Walther    Here's a quick tip you may not already know that could save you some serious time with unit conversion. By default, PowerPoint measures in inches. But, if you're using PowerPoint as a design tool you might wish to work in pixels or centimeters. The Height will automatically be converted to 6.25

eLearning: Adobe Captivate and Microsoft PowerPoint

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When developing eLearning, the content is often created in Microsoft PowerPoint first. I'm not going to get into what it takes to create visually compelling PowerPoint presentations (we have a  mini course for that ).   Note:  Microsoft PowerPoint must be installed on your computer before you can import PowerPoint presentations into Captivate.       If you need to edit the PowerPoint slides, choose  Edit > Edit with Microsoft PowerPoint > Edit Presentation. Adobe Captivate and PowerPoint. Choose  Window > Library.

Blogphilosophy: Microsoft's #Hololens, the #augmented journey

Ignatia Webs

With Microsoft providing a glimpse into its hololens project (related to Windows 10 options), I felt it would be good to recap on augmented reality, and see what thoughts come to mind when thinking about the exiting hololens endeavor. but now Microsoft comes up with the stand-alone (nice!) This is where it becomes of interest for education, as simulations become a possibility.

How Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

SharePoint and Assessment

Thought leader interview with Jim Federico of Microsoft on how Microsoft use SharePoint internally for learning. Director of Operations and Platforms at Microsoft, responsible for training and readiness for the customer facing roles at Microsoft. How does Microsoft use SharePoint for learning? Microsoft is running SharePoint 2010. Jim is a Sr.

How Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

SharePoint and Assessment

Thought leader interview with Jim Federico of Microsoft on how Microsoft use SharePoint internally for learning. Director of Operations and Platforms at Microsoft, responsible for training and readiness for the customer facing roles at Microsoft. How does Microsoft use SharePoint for learning? Microsoft is running SharePoint 2010. Jim is a Sr.

Social Tools in the Workplace: a Microsoft survey

Jane Hart

Social Tools in the Workplace is a recent Microsoft survey that reveals how information workers around the world view social tools. You can see the results in overview in this infographic below or read the survey results as a PDF.â?¦ ¦ [.]. Social learning

Adobe Captivate & Articulate Storyline: Round-Tripping With Microsoft Word

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  The process of round-tripping between Articulate Storyline and Microsoft Word is just about the same as it is in Adobe Captivate. by Kevin Siegel      How do you collaborate with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who aren't Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline developers? Specifically I'm talking about text content. How many times have you gone back and forth (and back and forth again) with your SMEs, changing a word on a slide here, removing a comma there. Maddening, right? That kind of workflow is a dream, right? Adobe Captivate.

Microsoft Office: 2013 Open for Preview

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by AJ George  Last week  Microsoft announced its latest version of Microsoft Office  and opened it for  customer preview. While it does not improve many application features, Office 2013 does clarify what Microsoft plans to do in the cloud to compete with Google's cloud services.  And what about Mac? Don't worry, I'm confused too!)

The last laugh – Microsoft and SWAYAM MOOCs

Viplav Baxi Meanderings

Microsoft may well have the last laugh in the struggle to build SWAYAM – the Indian government’s flagship initiative on MOOCs. There are many important considerations for getting this to work for the long term for Microsoft and SWAYAM. The deal is priced at 38 cr INR or about USD 6 mn for a 3 year period post which the government will handle it. This is supported by changed in regulations which permit colleges and technical institutions to use SWAYAM courses for credit – see the UGC and the AICTE. They are not intended to be closed and institution specific.

FREE Alternative to Microsoft Project

LearnDash

For those of you who have used, or actively use, Microsoft Project, you know how awesome it is. However, Microsoft Project is pricey, and only comes with some editions of Microsoft Office – so how can you manage that big training development program? Easy: Easy: use the free alternative to Microsoft Project – OpenProj ! Even the menu items are similar.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007: Troubleshooting Pasted Slides

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by AJ George  Here's the scenario: You are an eLearning developer and receive a PowerPoint presentation from another party (a client, colleague, SME, etc). You've decided to paste some of the slides into another PowerPoint presentation following your own finely crafted master layouts. After you do this, you notice the formatting didn't quite take. Perhaps the bullets are positioned incorrectly. Maybe the title is incorrectly formatted. The whole thing is a big ol' mess. Try this to clean up the mess. Open the presentation into which you want to paste slides. PowerPoint

Microsoft is Dumping Clip Art. What Are You Going to Do?

Rapid eLearning

Not sure if you saw the news, but Microsoft is going to dump clip art. However, most clip art images offered through the Microsoft site are actually vector illustrations. Many of you work with limited resources so the free clip art vector illustrations that Microsoft made available was important to getting your work done. However that may not be the case. That’s not good.

LearnUpon announces Microsoft Azure AD integration

LearnUpon

LearnUpon, the world’s fastest growing learning management system, today announced a new integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD). LearnUpon customers can now use Microsoft Azure AD to manage user access and enable single sign-on. Users simply login to LearnUpon using their organizational accounts hosted in Microsoft Azure AD. Agree to Terms of Service.

This Week on #TalkTech: Microsoft’s Nightmare, Training at Facebook and Google Shortens Attention Spans

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Topic 2: How do poor reviews of Microsoft Surface and Windows 8 affect the future of Microsoft? For many companies, it’s hard to imagine a work world without Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. However, Microsoft’s recent product launches have yielded disappointing results. Social Learning Facebook Google microsoft social learning talktech

Microsoft PowerPoint: Hide a Master Slide Logo

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by AJ George  A PowerPoint user approached me recently with an issue. She was given a PowerPoint template with a company logo on it. She was asked to remove the logo but could not. My first thought was to tell her to remove it from the master slides. However, she had already tried this and the logo appeared to be part of the actual background, even on the master slide. PowerPoint

Tip of the Week: Harness the power of Raptivity in Microsoft PowerPoint

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easy integration of Raptivity interactions high quality interactive presentations powerpoint presentation Tip of the week

Microsoft Office: The Key Applications You May Have Missed

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Microsoft Office products have been a staple of the workplace for (gasp!) Since the introduction of the first bundle of applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) in the late-80’s, Microsoft has steadily expanded the Office Suite in response to the growing needs of the modern workplace. nearly 30 years. Technology Posts

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For the sake of ‘Mobile’ I hope Microsoft Windows 8 and the Surface Tablet fall short

mLearning Revolution

For the last few weeks, I have been reading and watching everything I can find on Microsoft’s Surface Tablet and Windows 8. My biggest fear is that with the upcoming launch of Windows 8 and the Surface Tablet, Microsoft is trying to UNDO everything we have accomplished in Mobile since the mobile revolution began back in 2007. (Image Credit) [link]. USB Ports on Tablets, really?

Using Microsoft SharePoint as a Learning Ecosystem Solution by Susan Lovejoy-Storment

Learning Solutions Magazine

If SharePoint is already integrated into your business processes, have you considered whether it might be useful as a tool to. support learning and development? As an extensible collaboration platform, it may be well-suited to your needs for a. learning ecosystem. Here’s a simple three-step process for matching learning needs to SharePoint features. Learning Systems Management Training Strategies

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Course of the Week: The Complete Microsoft Office 2013 Bundle

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Have you always wanted to be able to indicate "Expert" when describing your Microsoft Office proficiency level? Basic knowledge of Word and Excel is often required for jobs but the work itself typically demands a better understanding of those, and other, Microsoft Office applications. This week only, save 70% and get the Complete Microsoft Office 2013 Bundle for only $19.50 per user.

Microsoft Surface Reviewed: Is it Right For Mobile Learning?

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My personal journey from PC to iPad illustrates the first roadblock for Microsoft in the tablet race – they are late to the party. Microsoft missed the chance when they had me exclusively using their products. There are not many available, but I’ll give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt and say that if the Surface gains traction the apps will follow. Then I turned it on.

Microsoft PowerPoint: Create and Use Chart Templates

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Microsoft PowerPoint PowerPoint by AJ Walther      Do you work for an organization that uses many charts? Do all of those charts need to be formatted to match specific corporate branding? Does this take you ages? Utilizing PowerPoint's custom Chart Templates might just save you a lot of time.   Create a Chart Template. Insert a chart in PowerPoint.

Microsoft Project for the Thrifty Project Manager: 3 Free (or Almost-Free) Alternatives

Social Learning

With what free time I have at work, I’ve lately been on a mission to find a project management suite that can reproduce the best features of Microsoft Project, add on others, and cost less than $30/month all-together.  As with many of the business-software applications Microsoft produces, Project contains a whole bunch of nuanced features that are cool and add to the “neat” factor, but which the average training-project PM probably won’t need very often.  So… on to the quest! These include: • timeline and tasks. issues tracking. collaboration. Why three, you ask? 

DevCorner: Microsoft TechEd 2014 – Recap and Major Takeaways

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This is the place for i nterviews with our devs, source code samples, and an inside peek at some of the cool stuff we’re working on… TechSmith recently sent fourteen of its own to attend Microsoft’s TechEd 2014 conference in Houston. The show floor at Microsoft TechEd 2014. Q: How did you communicate what you learned with your coworkers? tweet this ]. tweet this ].

Snagit on Mac Gets Microsoft Office Outputs

Visual Lounge

Today we bring you Microsoft Office® outputs for Snagit on Mac! You can now send your images directly from Snagit to Microsoft Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint® on Mac. A couple months back, we introduced buttons for sharing directly to social media channels. These outputs work with both Snagit versions 1 and 2. To use the outputs: Download the Office outputs here.

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Salman Khan Uses Microsoft Paint to Inspire Learning

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As far as I know, his formula to create learning content is quite unique: Microsoft Paint is his blackboard (Who needs PowerPoint?), The Khan Academy Khan Academy YouTube Channel Via Helge Scherlund THE KHAN ACADEMY Salman Khan ( Sal ) founded the Khan Academy with the hope of using technology to foster new learning models. With today's free web 2.0

Microsoft PowerPoint: Character Challenge

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learning eLearning Microsoft PowerPoint mLearning Technical Communications User Experience by AJ Walther      A few weeks ago I presented a  Character Challenge  and asked readers to send in their PowerPoint-created eLearning characters. round of applause for  Tracey Stokely's  awesome customized character! Ta-da!

INFOGRAPHIC: Microsoft Word vs Google Docs vs LibreOffice

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Microsoft Word is the most familiar software of the type, but it is far from the only option. Each sporting different features, benefits, and drawbacks, Microsoft Word , Google Docs , and LibreOffice are all contenders for the document software in your office and personal life. This is the second post in our new Head to Head series, where we compare and contrast a variety of topics!

Microsoft PowerPoint: Embedding Fonts

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Microsoft PowerPoint mLearning PowerPoint by AJ Walther    If you are sending your PowerPoint presentation off to be viewed on another system that is not yours, you may be concerned that this other system won't have the same fonts. No need to lose any sleep over what your final design will look like. The fonts outlined in red below are all TrueType fonts.

How to Convert Microsoft PowerPoint to HTML5 (web pages)

Adobe Captivate

In this article you will learn how to easily convert your PowerPoint slides into web enabled presentations using HTML5. What you’ll need You will need a Windows or Macintosh computer and a copy of Adobe Captivate. You can download a free 30 day trial of Adobe Captivate here.) Step 1 Create a PowerPoint slide deck […]. Whats new

Microsoft PowerPoint: Find and Replace Fonts

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  Microsoft PowerPoint PowerPoint by AJ Walther    There are many reasons you may want to globally change every instance of a font in a PowerPoint presentation. Maybe you inherited a presentation from someone else and it needs a little work. Maybe you've had a change of heart about your own design choice. Maybe a client would prefer a different font. Whatever the case, manually changing every occurrence of a font could become a time-consuming task. Luckily, PowerPoint comes with a quick and easy tool to handle the heavy lifting for you.

Find TechSmith at Microsoft TechEd

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Microsoft TechEd. bunch of us are headed to Microsoft TechEd this week in Orlando, Florida June 11 – 14. TechSmithies are hitting the road! And, as you know, our products are better because of you and your input. We’d love to meet-up with you, get your feedback and give you some cool swag! Find us fast, first come, first serve! We have limited quantities.

eLearning & Presentations: More Free Images. A MILLION more!

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What Happened to Microsoft's Free Image Gallery? Adobe Presenter Adobe''s Technical Communication Suite Camtasia Captivate e-learning eLearning Microsoft PowerPoint Online Training PowerPoint Storyline TCS5 TechComm Technical Communications Technical Writing Technology TechSmith Camtasia Studio training UA User Assistance User Experience How about over a MILLION more? Think again.

Microsoft PowerPoint: Working with Guides

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Microsoft PowerPoint TechComm Technical Communications training User Assistance User Experience UX by AJ Walther      For some PowerPoint projects you may find that you would like to line up elements in a certain way and that having guides on the slide would be useful. Two guides appear on the slide by default,  one vertical, the other horizontal.). position.

Is Microsoft Surface a Major Step Backward for mLearning?

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The tech world has been buzzing about Microsoft’s announcement of the new Surface tablet. Microsoft Surface is supposed to do everything and more… but did Microsoft miss the point when it comes to creating a truly “mobile” experience? This makes plenty of sense if you consider Microsoft’s largest customer base: businesses. Mini-Display port.