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  • K Hum published a blog post How and why to use Prezi for education
    Prezi is a great presentation tool that can be used easily to illustrate online and in class ideas
  • Thanks Chloe - I appreciate the feedback. I limited the benefits to 10 for the purpose of the blog but there are so many more - definitely worth checking out! Thank again! Cathy
  • Hi Cathy! Lectora sounds so interesting! When I was researching how to present my project there seemed to be so many options for authoring that it was all a little overwhelming. I wish I had read this long ago! Thanks so much for listing all...
  • Chloe DeShong commented on the blog Video Clips and Perfectionism
    Hola! There are some really great tips here. I once made a video library of how to use a speech analytic tool, my videos started out longer and got shorter as I realized what worked for people.. and also figured out what the heck I was doing....
  • Thanks for the reply. Camtasia is a great product as well. It is actually a good compliment to Lectora. It comes as a built in, integrated product within Lectora Inspire. I know they used to offer a trial from their website - that would allow you...
  • Thanks for the reply. Camtasia is a great product as well. It is actually a good compliment to Lectora. It comes as a built in, integrated product within Lectora Inspire. I know they used to offer a trial from their website - that would allow you...
  • W Jojo commented on the blog Designing and Online Learning Environment
    You know, Dusty, I forgot about how lucky I was when I began teaching. I was teaching non-credit classes at a community college and I was able to bring in my own resources and it was fun. Then I was asked to teach some credit-bearing courses -...
  • I am looking forward to trying this out. There are so many tools to try out that I wish I had more time to experiment. This sounds like a good fit for me because I recently moved from the good 'ol Quicktime for producing my videos to Camtasia. I...
  • Thanks very much, Scott. I really do enjoy using Lectora for my development. I have a few other options but always tend to fall back on it because it just works for me. I find that it is very flexible and also forgiving. You are correct in what...
  • Hi Cathy, I have to admit I always read your posts because I always learn something new. Lectora Inspire sounds like an excellent product and one that you use often. I like that that you're able to put together all of the features and benefits....
  • Scott Bruno commented on the blog Designing and Online Learning Environment
    Hey Dusty, You make some excellent points, and I have to agree with the part of your design that allows the learners to choose the material they want or are interested in learning. Whether it is a hobby or maybe how to repair a car if they wish...
  • C Mocibob commented on the blog Video Clips and Perfectionism
    Hi! You made some really good points related to video. I am believing more and more lately that videos and even some eLearning courses don't have to be perfect - just perfect enough. What used to be a development cycle of 6+ weeks to develop a...
  • Sorry everyone - I posted this last week but had it in draft mode - I just changed it to public. Cathy
  • First of all, I would like to share that I have used a few different authoring tools including Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Brainshark, and Harbinger Raptivity. Even so, I continue to be impressed by what Lectora Inspire has to offer....
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    • C Mocibob

      Thanks for the reply. Camtasia is a great product as well. It is actually a good compliment to Lectora. It comes as a built in, integrated product within Lectora Inspire. I know they used to offer a trial from their website - that would allow you to check it out and see if it would be a good solution for you before committing to it. Good luck!

      Cathy

    • Chloe DeShong

      Hi Cathy!

      Lectora sounds so interesting! When I was researching how to present my project there seemed to be so many options for authoring that it was all a little overwhelming. I wish I had read this long ago!

      Thanks so much for listing all of the benefits like you did, it was easy to read and great information. I love that Lectora has tried to make a seamless experience for its users by adding in the integration of other services. I also love that they have templates to choose from but that you can save your own. I find it helpful to start with a template, even though I always completely change it before I'm done!

      And I know the pain of poor support. Often in my own work I have given up on the support personnel only to dive in and try to fix it myself. Frustrating, although rather rewarding once I figured out my problem.

      Great post, thanks again for putting it together for us!
      -Chloe

    • C Mocibob

      Thanks Chloe - I appreciate the feedback. I limited the benefits to 10 for the purpose of the blog but there are so many more - definitely worth checking out!

      Thank again!

      Cathy

  • W Jojo published a blog post Video Clips and Perfectionism
    Creating video content does not have to be torture. Here are a few tips to reduce the stress.
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    • C Mocibob

      Hi!

      You made some really good points related to video. I am believing more and more lately that videos and even some eLearning courses don't have to be perfect - just perfect enough. What used to be a development cycle of 6+ weeks to develop a course is now shortened significantly. I think about buzz words such as rapid learning and just in time training. If it take months to develop a training tool, is it really addressing a current/immediate business need? In my company, Training and HR are plugged in to the business initiatives. In order to support the business, we have to be able to react quickly to address an often immediate training need. Sometimes a video containing the key points and relevant information addresses the need and is also timely. This is sometimes a challenge for me - I like things to be perfect; however, I do see the benefit of addressing the need as quickly as possible.

      In a class last semester, I recorded a training video. I created my script and tried to read through it. It was too long and way too robotic. Like your recommendations state, breaking the segments into smaller recordings is MUCH more effective and manageable. Being able to record them in smaller segments allowed me to stay on point and keep the flow moving. Also, using talking points rather than a word-for-word script allows for better engagement and a much less robotic tone overall.

      One of best practice I try to follow pertains to length. I prefer shorter videos that are topic specific - I just feel like this helps to better keep the attention of the learner.

      Great blog entry and great topic!

      Cathy

    • Chloe DeShong

      Hola!

      There are some really great tips here. I once made a video library of how to use a speech analytic tool, my videos started out longer and got shorter as I realized what worked for people.. and also figured out what the heck I was doing.

      I did a lot of the same tips you offer, especially the one where if you make a mistake.. you just pause and then continue. Only I would sigh heavily at myself and then continue. It can be frustrating!

      What software did you use for editing? I always had the best time with audacity. It's easy to use and editing out my sighs and mistakes could be done very precisely.

      Great job,
      Chloe

  • D Baker published a blog post Designing and Online Learning Environment
    Designing a learning environment to meet the needs of a variety of learners and still teach necessary information is a challenge in itself. Throw in the idea of being a recent college graduate, newly hired teacher and suddenly being asked to design...
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    • Scott Bruno

      Hey Dusty,

      You make some excellent points, and I have to agree with the part of your design that allows the learners to choose the material they want or are interested in learning. Whether it is a hobby or maybe how to repair a car if they wish to learn the material they might put more effort into the article or video. I am one of those that if the topic is not all that interesting I tend to skip material just to get through it so I can say it's completed. How would you handle a situation if the learner found nothing that they were interested in? What website did you use? How would you adjust the course if your target audience changed? Can’t wait to see the final project.

      Scott

    • W Jojo

      You know, Dusty, I forgot about how lucky I was when I began teaching. I was teaching non-credit classes at a community college and I was able to bring in my own resources and it was fun. Then I was asked to teach some credit-bearing courses - because an instructor literally quit the day they were supposed to teach it!

      But I had it easy. Yes, I was teaching technology, but it was on large systems; they were mostly command line; and it was programming. Tests were done on paper, quizzes on Scantron, you get the idea. I was fortunate to be in the industry and using the fruit of innovation at the same time.

      I love that you have a background in special education. It gives you a perspective that others may not appreciate. I liken it to our endeavor to become more accessible about 12 years ago. It was difficult but so important. Now, today, it's just a part of what we do and we often don't even think about it.

      I need my students to follow a certain prescribed path for my courses, so skipping around would not work for my students. I am experimenting now with "adaptive release" which only lets them move forward when they've achieved a certain level in the assessments.

      Interface it so important! If you are interested, check out a book called The Humane Interface by Jef Raskin. It's 15 years old now, but the concepts of interface design are powerful.

      Best wishes!