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ELEARNING DEVELOPMENT: The Levels of eLearning

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I'm seeing a lack of clarity when it comes to developing eLearning content and how long it takes to create the eLearning courses. To help developers more accurately determine a level of effort, I need assistance from other professionals. Can you please tell me your opinion on the different eLearning levels? It's been widely accepted that there are three levels of eLearning. However, the complexity of those levels is all over the map.

eLearning & Training: How Long is Too Long?

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by Kevin Siegel      You can create the best-looking, most well-written eLearning lesson anyone has ever seen. But for the lesson to be effective, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that  more  does not mean  better. If your lesson plays too long, you run the risk of losing the attention span of your learner and lowering the effectiveness of the lesson in general. So how long is too long?

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eLearning: Determining the Best Size for Today's Lessons

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by Kevin Siegel      When developing eLearning lessons using any of the top development tools (Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, or TechSmith Camtasia Studio), you need to take the size of your learner's device into account. If you make your eLearning lesson too large (I'm talking width and height, not how many megabytes the lesson might be), learners with small displays may have to scroll to see your content.

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eLEARNING DEVELOPMENT: How Much Time Does It Take to Create eLearning?

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One of the more common questions that I get from new eLearning developers is how much time does will take to produce published content. The answer I provide is dependent upon a couple of factors. For instance, which eLearning tool are you going to use? Is it Adobe Captivate? How about TechSmith's Camtasia? Or maybe you're going to use Articulate Storyline?   Here's another factor: how many minutes of eLearning playtime are you looking to produce?

Transform Your Classroom with Apple

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

Apple empowers educators and students by design. In our webinar, we’ll explain how to make the best use of Apple devices in your classroom, and the tools and resources you need for success.

TechSmith Camtasia: Multiple Object Formatting Made Easy

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by Kevin Siegel        When developing eLearning, one important goal is to ensure consistency from object to object. In addition, unless you're a top-notch designer you should use just a few fonts and a limited color palette. Lest you run the risk of creating an eLearning lesson that, despite your good intentions, is visually overwhelming to your learners.). This week I want to show you an easy way to ensure objects used in a project are formatted consistently.

eLearning: Attention, Attention!

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by Kevin Siegel        A few years ago I wrote about the  perfect playtime for an eLearning lesson (or module). In my article, I referenced a piece by the BBC,  Turning into Digital Goldfish , where the author said "The addictive nature of web browsing can leave you with an attention span of a goldfish." 

eLearning: Cloud Review and Collaboration with ReviewLink

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by Stephanie Ivec    One of the biggest hidden challenges when it comes to developing eLearning is getting feedback from your client, collaborating on course content with internal team members, or getting final project approval.   Sure, you can manage the collaboration or feedback process the old fashioned way--email. However, managing dozens upon dozens of project emails can quickly become a daunting task.

eLearning: Cloud Review and Collaboration with ReviewLink

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by Stephanie Ivec    One of the biggest hidden challenges when it comes to developing eLearning is getting feedback from your client, collaborating on course content with internal team members, or getting final project approval.   Sure, you can manage the collaboration or feedback process the old fashioned way--email. However, managing dozens upon dozens of project emails can quickly become a daunting task.

ACCESSIBLE COLORS FOR ELEARNING: Strategies for Selecting Appropriate Color Palettes

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I was teaching a virtual Camtasia class recently and, while selecting colors for a canvas annotation, we had a robust discussion about colors. Specifically, which colors work for learners who are color blind?

Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

Adobe Captivate: Attack of the Clones

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by Kevin Siegel      I've met a few Captivate developers who say they have a love-hate relationship with Captivate's default Object Styles. Personally, I love Object Styles and can't think of anything to hate. As far as I'm concerned, using Object Styles will improve your development speed enormously.   Object Styles allow you to quickly update the look and feel of objects throughout your project with just a few clicks.

Adobe Captivate: Removing Popups from Video Demos

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by Kevin Siegel      I'm continuing to enjoy developing eLearning using the new Adobe Captivate 8. And the more I use this updated version, the more I find subtle improvements and new features. Take video demos for instance. I use the video demo recording mode frequently (it's the mode I use for the videos I upload to YouTube). While recording a recent video, I noticed a new tab on the Video Effects Inspector: Popup.

TechSmith Camtasia Studio 8: Timeline Groups

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by Kevin Siegel    I've been developing eLearning lessons in TechSmith Camtasia for years. One of the biggest drawbacks to using the tool was the inability to group Timeline objects. That shortcoming has been addressed in version 8 of the Studio. Creating a group is simple. On  On the Timeline, select two or more objects (you can select objects on the same Track, or objects across multiple tracks). Right-click the selected objects and choose  Group.

CENARIOVR: Set an Initial View

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When a learner first enters a scene, they’re seeing a default initial view. You can easily control what the learner sees onscreen by editing the initial view. To set the Initial View, click open a scenario with CenarioVR and select a scene.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Reporting eLearning Results

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by Kevin Siegel      When developing eLearning, you can elect to use Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Lectora, Camtasia Studio--there's no shortage of awesome tools. Once the eLearning content is finished, do you need to track learner access to the content? Do you need to provide reports to your boss that show how learners have performed on a quiz?

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Articulate Storyline vs. Adobe Captivate

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A recent LinkedIn post asked eLearning developers: which tool is best: Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline? As  As I read through the comments, I was struck by how many people insisted that Storyline was the better choice because it was easier to learn than Captivate because it was so much like Microsoft PowerPoint.   As someone who uses both Captivate and Storyline, I have to disagree with that recurring sentiment.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: That Syncing Feeling

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by Kevin Siegel. When developing eLearning with Adobe Captivate, saving unnecessary clicks is always a goal. With that in mind, I rely on keyboard and other shortcuts whenever possible to avoid clicking and dragging my mouse. Here's a little-known shortcut that can potentially save you a ton of clicks over the long haul. Take a look at the image below. There are two objects on a slide and they appear as blue bars on the Timeline.

CenarioVR: The Essentials (Book and Training)

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My newest book, “CenarioVR: The Essentials,” is off to the beta team. It should be street-ready in just a few short weeks. CenarioVR ( [link] ) is a cloud application that allows you to create awesome, highly interactive virtual reality eLearning.

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The Key to Getting the Best Out of Video-Based Practice & Coaching

Speaker: Micah Eppler, Account Executive for Rehearsal of eLearning Brothers

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

Adobe Captivate & eLearning: How Long is Too Long?

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by Kevin Siegel. You can create the best-looking, most well-written eLearning lesson anyone has ever seen. But for the lesson to be effective, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that more does not mean better. If your lesson plays too long, you run the risk of losing the attention span of your learner and lowering the effectiveness of the lesson in general.   So how long is too long? The answer is directly tied to the average attention span of an adult learner.

Adobe Captivate 5: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Clone 'Em

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by Kevin Siegel Ever find yourself in a love-hate relationship with Captivate's default object styles? Admittedly, there is more to love about styles than hate. As far as I'm concerned, styles are a wonderful enhancement in Captivate 5. And if you haven't used styles yet, I urge you to dive in. Styles allow you to quickly update the look and feel of objects throughout your project with just a few clicks.

Articulate Storyline 360: Beyond the Essentials (Third Edition) Now Available

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My latest and greatest is now available on amazon.com: "Articulate Storyline 360: Beyond the Essentials (Third Edition)."

ISPRING SUITE 10: Now with Text to Speech

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iSpring continues to improve its eLearning development suite of tools. The latest improvement is Text to Speech and it works really well. To use the Text to Speech feature, first, add the voiceover script to the slide notes. You'll be able to use this script along with the Text to Speech feature.

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

eLearning: The Origins of a Training Methodology

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by Kevin Siegel        I've been creating eLearning since the early 1990s. Back then, eLearning (or E-Learning, pick your style) was known as CBT (Computer Based Training). My first attempts at creating software video training was with a program called CameraMan. That program was ahead of its time, allowing you to capture your mouse actions, add captions and audio, and then publish into a video format that could be viewed on most computers.

TECHSMITH CAMTASIA: Sharing Projects with Fellow Developers

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If you work with other Camtasia developers, it’s likely that you will be asked to share your project with team members so they can edit the project. Sharing projects among Camtasia developers is not the same as using the Export menu to create output for a learner.

TECHSMITH CAMTASIA: These 2020 Features are Magnetic!

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TechSmith recently announced an update for Camtasia from version 2019 to version 2020. 

Adobe Captivate: Free 2019 Update For Mac OS Big Sur

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I love keeping my Mac up-to-date, but I rarely install major software updates when they are first released. And when OS 11, otherwise known as Big Sur, became available, I waited. After several months, my Mac began pestering me to get the update. When 11.1 became available, I finally upgraded.

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Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE 2019: The Fastest Way to Start a New Project with Content and ID

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Adobe Captivate makes it possible to rapidly create new eLearning projects. The process is as simple as File > New Project > Blank Project.

Creating eLearning Scripts for Software Simulations

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We are proud to announce a new class: Creating eLearning Scripts for Software Simulations. If you create eLearning that includes software simulations and video demonstrations, you've likely heard about the need for a recording script. It's also likely you're not sure how to create an appropriate script. Here's the only class you'll need: [link].

ADOBE ROBOHELP: Master Projects and Merging Help Content

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You've got two RoboHelp projects. The projects have been maintained independently for years, but now you need to combine them.   One strategy for combining multiple RoboHelp projects into one is to simply import all of the assets from one project into the other.

ISPRING SUITE 9: Video Demos with Annotations Equals Awesomeness!

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If you have content in Microsoft PowerPoint and need to use it for eLearning, you'll be happy to know that the top eLearning tools (Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, and TechSmith Camtasia) allow you to import PowerPoint content and then output HTML5 or videos.

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Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE: Inserting Web URL Hotspots

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Just about every eLearning course you've ever used or created has contained at least a button or two that, at a minimum, allows for learner navigation.   Storyline allows you to insert buttons. But there's also a hotspot feature. What's the difference between buttons and hotspots?

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"TechSmith Camtasia 2021: The Essentials" Workbook Now Shipping

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Learn to Use TechSmith Camtasia 2021 Skills in Just One Day! " TechSmith Camtasia 2021: The Essentials " is a hands-on, step-by-step workbook that will introduce you to the essential TechSmith Camtasia skills you need to quickly get up and running with this fantastic eLearning development tool. Using Camtasia, you can create software video demonstrations and soft skills eLearning videos. This book will teach you how!

Taking Legacy Flash eLearning to HTML5

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Adobe threatened to sunset Flash for years but each year, the death sentence was commuted. Just when we thought that Flash would go on, along came December 2020. Adobe  Adobe followed through and ended support for Flash on December 31, 2020. Many eLearning developers didn't panic because the end of Flash simply meant that, while the Flash output would continue to work, it would likely be blocked on more and more systems.

eLEARNING DEVELOPMENT: Dude, Watch Your Aspect. Ratio!

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When creating eLearning in TechSmith Camtasia, Adobe Captivate, or Articulate Storyline, one critical consideration is the physical width and height of your project (also known as the canvas size).

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Technology to Support and Empower Users With Disabilities

There is an increasing global focus on accessibility for students in school. When combined with a device management system such as Jamf Pro or Jamf School, the sky’s the limit. Learn how Apple and Jamf can support disabled users in your school.