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TECHSMITH CAMTASIA 2018: Assets Galore!

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. TechSmith recently released Camtasia 2018. You can purchase the software directly from TechSmith or try the software free for 30 days via the trial download ).   At first glance, there’s little difference between Camtasia 9 for the PC and version 2018.

We'll tell you ours, you tell us yours

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From Kevin : I've been teaching live online classes for years. And while I’ve had all sorts of technology challenges during that time, I’ve never had my main machine go down along with my backup--until yesterday!

ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Make Your Software Simulations Scorable

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by Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP. The Assessment recording mode in Adobe Captivate creates a step-by-step software simulation that is intended to function as a test. It is part of the three-part formal software lesson: Demo, then Training (practice), then Assessment (test).

TRAINING FOR TRAINERS: Learn How to Engage Virtual Students and Get Certified

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Online training can be great training, but it all starts with an awesome trainer!      More and more companies are embracing live, online classes. If your company wants you to teach online, great. But teaching online isn't as easy as it sounds.

3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

How can you provide a great onboarding experience while keeping up with a growing customer base? By leveraging on-demand training. This guide describes three benefits of adding on-demand training to your onboarding process. Click here to download.

TECHSMITH CAMTASIA: Version 2018 Released

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TechSmith recently announced the release of Camtasia 2018 and there’s much to cheer. Among the improvements in version 2018:   Enhanced Library & Subscription Service Offering Thousands More.   TechSmith made huge strides in Camtasia 9 when it improved the free assets in the Library. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find dozens of additional resources available for use right away. There’s

ADOBE PRESENTER: Sidebar Video

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by Kevin Siegel, COTP. Inserting and editing video in Adobe Presenter is as easy as accessing the Adobe Presenter tab on the Ribbon and then clicking the Video tool. Once videos have been added to a PowerPoint slide, they can be manipulated just like any other PowerPoint object.

TEACHING ONLINE: Instructors Take Note!

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by Jennie Ruby, COTP. That’s right: note taking. It’s not just for students, anymore!      Of course we are used to thinking of note-taking as a student activity. And it certainly still is. In one of my online classes just this week, one of my students said, “Hold on, hold on! I’ve got to get this down!” before she would go on with answering a question I had asked her. Then she answered my question, and no doubt wrote that down as well!

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TECHSMITH CAMTASIA: Version 2018 Released (Training Available, Book Coming)

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TechSmith recently announced the release of Camtasia 2018 and there’s much to cheer. Among the improvements in version 2018:   Enhanced Library & Subscription Service Offering Thousands More.   TechSmith made huge strides in Camtasia 9 when it improved the free assets in the Library. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find dozens of additional resources available for use right away. There’s

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE: Dial-Up Interactivity with Custom Dials

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by Kevin Siegel, COTP. With Articulate Storyline, adding a high-level of interactivity is pretty easy if you begin with some of the built-in Interactive Objects. Take  Take dials for instance.

ADOBE ROBOHELP: Stay Away Mighty Google

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by Willam van Weelden, COTP.   I recently received the following email from a concerned RoboHelp user:   Our [help system] documents are available on the internet if you search for them. Is  Is there a way to keep them private so they don’t show up on Google?   The issue here is that the RoboHelp user created content in RoboHelp and then published the output files to their web server.

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eLearning: Compare Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, and TechSmith Camtasia

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Welcome to the eLearning tool slug-fest. In this corner, it's Adobe Captivate. Over there? It's Articulate Storyline. And because this isn't a two-tool fight, look over there and you'll see TechSmith Camtasia. Attend this power hour and see demonstrations of all three tools.

ADOBE ROBOHELP: Getting Around Preview Errors

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by Willam van Weelden, COTP. RoboHelp is an awesome help authoring tool. However, even the best tools misbehave. While working with RoboHelp, you are likely to come across error message from time to time. For instance, atsome point you'll likely be tasked with customizing a Screen Layout.

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How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Make Your Software Simulations Scorable

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by Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP. The Assessment recording mode in Adobe Captivate creates a step-by-step software simulation that is intended to function as a test. It is part of the three-part formal software lesson: Demo, then Training (practice), then Assessment (test). The Assessment requires the learner to click through the steps without any hints, and it is set up to report each correct click as a point.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE 360: Publishing to Video

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by Kal Hadi, COTP. When teaching my students how to publish Articulate Storyline projects during my beginner class , I often get the following question:   Student: “How do I publish my project as a video (MP4)?”.   Me: “You can’t.”.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Tips for Importing PowerPoint Slides

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by Jennie Ruby, COTP. Many organizations use PowerPoint templates to ensure that lessons are consistent and correctly branded. By importing PowerPoint into Captivate, you can retain that formatting and branding in your eLearning lessons as well.

LIVE, ONLINE TRAINING TIP: Highlight Your Mouse Pointer

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP.   During a recent Certified Online Traning Professional certification course , I was showing my screen and telling class attendees about a cool technique I use when I want to ensure learners can see my mouse pointer.

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The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT: Adding Transparency to Photos

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by AJ Walther, COTP. You have a plan. a plan to create an awesome PowerPoint presentation about, among other emotions, anger.   Naturally, you want to illustrate anger on one of the slides.

TECHSMITH CAMTASIA: Version 2018 Released (Training Available, Book Coming)

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TechSmith recently announced the release of Camtasia 2018 and there’s much to cheer. Among the improvements in version 2018:   Enhanced Library & Subscription Service Offering Thousands More.   TechSmith made huge strides in Camtasia 9 when it improved the free assets in the Library. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find dozens of additional resources available for use right away. There’s

eLearning: xAPI is Geek Free and Ready to Go

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by Megan Torrance      In my  previous xAPI article  I pointed to the emergence of "geek-free tools and platforms" as the hallmark that xAPI is beginning to achieve main-stream status.

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eLEARNING CLASS: Whiteboard Animation with VideoScribe

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In the battle for online attention, video is KING. By  By 2019, 80% of ALL web traffic will be video. 64% of customers say they are more likely to buy a product online after watching a video. 59% of decision makers would rather watch a video than read a blog or article.

Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.

eLearning: Compare Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, and TechSmith Camtasia

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Welcome to the eLearning tool slug-fest. In this corner, it's Adobe Captivate. Over there? It's Articulate Storyline. And because this isn't a two-tool fight, look over there and you'll see TechSmith Camtasia. Attend this power hour and see demonstrations of all three tools.

TEACHING LIVE, ONLINE CLASSES: Engagement Is Not Enough

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by Jennie Ruby, COTP. We hear it all the time: engage your learners, create e-learning that is engaging, make sure the students are engaged.   And so we create interactive eLearning. In our classrooms we call students by name and discuss things with them face to face.

ELEARNING PRODUCTION: iOS 11 Makes Mobile Demos a Snap (or a Tap)

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by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. Not so long ago we were tasked with creating an eLearning project that included a software demonstration of an iPhone mobile app. We experimented with several techniques for capturing the app including using a program that reflected the iPhone onto the computer. (To

ELEARNING PRODUCTION: Integrating GoAnimate Animations

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by Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP. Our reader Linda Tromanhauser of ADP (Automatic Data Processing, Inc.) writes:  "We often use GoAnimate videos in eLearning.

Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE: Dial-Up Interactivity with Custom Dials

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by Kevin Siegel, COTP. With Articulate Storyline, adding a high-level of interactivity is pretty easy if you begin with some of the built-in Interactive Objects. Take  Take dials for instance. If you visit the Storyline 360 Insert tab on the Ribbon, Interactive Objects area, you'll find Button, Slider, Dial, Hotspot, Input, and Marker. If you click the Dial tool, you'll find three built-in Dials that are totally drag-and-drop ready.

TECHSMITH CAMTASIA: Delete vs. Ripple Delete

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by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT.   Deleting a portion of an object on the Camtasia Timeline (a few seconds from the end of a video for example) is simple: drag the red in- and/or green out-point on either side of the Playhead, right-click, and then choose Delete.

ADOBE ROBOHELP: Publish to SharePoint

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by Willam Van Weelden, COTP. You can host output from Adobe RoboHelp on multiple hosting platforms. When your company uses SharePoint, you can even leverage the power of SharePoint to host your help.   Leveraging SharePoint has a major benefit: Access control.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Stay Current or Perish

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by Kevin Smith, COTP. Not that many years ago, computer technicians were limited to being just that: computer technicians. They installed memory chips (RAM), replaced hard drives, changed video cards, and instructed users on how to use these new and mysterious machines.   As user confidence increased, the PC technician’s knowledge requirements grew horizontally but at a much more rapid pace. How did the technology support industry keep up?

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT QUICK TIP: Smoothly Animate with Morph

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by AJ Walther, COTP. Raise your hand if this is you. You want to animate something on a slide and then on the next slide, you want that same object to do something else.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE: Removing Built-In Slide Navigation

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by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT. I received an email from an Articulate Storyline developer who was adding interactivity to her project via buttons. She wanted learners to click on the buttons for slide-to-slide navigation.

eLearning: Effective Use of Fonts

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by Sally Cox    Different fonts evoke different emotions, and some fonts are more readable than others. There are lots of decisions to be made when choosing fonts for your eLearning projects. Here are a few of my thoughts, to help you make better font choices. Serif vs. Sans Serif.

WHITEBOARD ANIMATIONS: Plan Your Way to Success

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by Karin Rex, COTP. Do you have a story to tell? A lesson to teach? A product to market? In the battle for online engagement, video is KING. By  By 2019, 80% of ALL web traffic will be video. 64% of customers say they are more likely to buy a product online after watching a video.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.