by Sally Cox
When it comes to adding images to websites, PowerPoint presentations, or eLearning projects, you will likely be given JPEGs, GIFs, or PNGs. Let's review the three most common image formats and why/when to use them.
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If you've taken any of our Adobe Captivate, Adobe Presenter, or Articulate Storyline classes, you are probably aware that these programs provide a selection of screen characters--cut-out pictures of professional actors in business, medical, or business-casual clothing posed as if they are talking to you. They are intended for use as a kind of avatar of the trainer.
April 16, 2015 in Adobe Captivate, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Presenter Video Express, Adobe's Technical Communication Suite, Articulate Storyline, Camtasia, Captivate, e-learning, eLearning, mLearning, TCS5, TechComm, Technical Communications, Technical Writing, Technology, training, UA, User Assistance, User Experience | Permalink | Comments (0)
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When you add a sidebar to your project in Adobe Presenter, you have the option of displaying a table of contents (TOC), which in Presenter is called the Outline. The Outline automatically lists the title of each slide, and viewers can click any title to navigate to that slide. Sweet! But let's say you preview your project, and one or more slides turns up in the Outline as "Slide x," where x = the slide number. Not quite as sweet. A slide title like "Slide 5" tells your viewer nothing, making navigation using the Outline a matter of guesswork.
The solution to this problem is not difficult, but it does require visiting a number of places in your presentation and in Presenter. First, you need to know how Presenter got the titles for the slides that are listed correctly in your Outline. If your slide has a Title placeholder in PowerPoint, Adobe Presenter picks up that title automatically. So one solution is simply to give every slide in your presentation a title.
However, you may not want a title to appear on every slide. Some slides might be images or graphics only. No problem. You can still assign the slide a title in Presenter that will only be displayed in the Outline.
On the Adobe Presenter tab of the Ribbon, from the Tools group, click Slide Manager.
The Slide Manager dialog box lists all of the slides in your project. Notice in my example below that slides 1 and 2 have titles (in quotes after the slide numbers), but slides 3 and 4 do not.
Among the options for each slide is Navigation Name. Click the word None, replace it with the title you want to have displayed in the sidebar Outline, click the OK button, and you are done.
However, in my case, since these slides are just images, I decided not to give each a unique name. Instead, I want it to be clear from the sidebar Outline that these are merely continuations of the previous titled topic. For each, I want the navigation name to be (Continued). Now, I could give each one that navigation name right here in the Slide Manager, but there is a way to cover all unnamed slides at once.
After closing the Slide Manager, click the Theme tool on the Ribbon.
At the bottom of the Adobe Presenter Theme Editor, click the Modify Text Labels button.
Scroll to the bottom of the list of labels, and the second to last one is Unnamed slide title.
Double-click the text Slide %n and replace it with (Continued).
Click the OK button to save your change. Click the OK button on the Theme Editor to close it.
Now, when you preview your project, all of the unnamed slides show up as (Continued) in the Outline. As a bonus, this word also appears in the list of Thumbnails.
Suppose you have hired voiceover talent to record the audio for your Adobe Presenter project. You give the voiceover artist the script. The script is organized by which slide in your PowerPoint presentation each audio segment belongs to. When you get the voiceover recordings back, you just import each segment to the slide it belongs to. When you preview your presentation, everything plays smooth as silk until--there is a click-activated animation on slide 12. Now, as the pre-recorded audio plays, the slide just sits there, and the animation is never activated. Uh-oh.
That's where synchronization comes in. In Adobe Presenter, you can synchronize slide animation with the imported audio in just a few mouse clicks.
Start with the animated slide active in PowerPoint's Normal view. The animation in my example slide is a simple text build, with each bullet point appearing on mouse click.
From the Presenter tab on the Ribbon, go to the Audio group and click the Sync button.
The presentation opens in Slideshow view, and the Synchronize dialog box opens. At the left, click the green Sync-change timings button.
The audio begins to play, and the Next animation tool becomes available.
When the audio mentions the next bullet point, click the Next animation tool to cue the animation.
Click through the remaining animations on the slide, then click the square Stop button.
Now that you have synchronized the audio with the animations, click the Play button to review your work. The slide audio plays, and the animations occur at the points where you clicked. If you are satisfied with the results, click Save. Otherwise, click Discard and try again.
Close the Synchronize dialog box and you'll find that your project now sports perfectly synchronized audio and animations.
Note: You could synchronize a longer audio clip across multiple slides. However, for ease of corrections and updates, the best practice is to have a separate audio clip for each slide.
Flipped classrooms are gaining in popularity. If you've never heard of the flipped classroom, here's a definition courtesy of the Flipped Learning Network:
"The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions."
From the Flipped Learning White Paper:
"A teacher stands at the front of the classroom, delivering a lecture on the Civil War and writing on a white board. Students are hunched over desks arranged in rows, quietly taking notes. At the end of the hour, they copy down the night's homework assignment, which consists of reading from a thick textbook and answering questions at the end of the chapter. This dramatic, defining period in our nation's history, which left questions unanswered that are as relevant today as they were then, has been reduced to a dry, familiar exercise. The teacher is acutely aware that many students do not understand the day's lessons, but he/she does not have the time to meet with them to help during the 50-minute class period. The next day the teacher will collect the homework and briefly review the previous night's reading assignment. But if students have additional questions there won't be time to linger; the class cannot fall behind schedule. There is a lot of material to cover before the test at the end of the unit.
"Although it conflicts with decades of research into effective practices, this model of instruction remains all too common in American K-12 and post secondary classrooms. However, more and more educators now recognize that the learning needs of students, rather than the curriculum pacing guide, should drive their instruction. Educators are developing ways to personalize learning, using technologies such as video, digital simulations, and computer games. However, unless the traditional teaching model is altered, technologies such as these will have limited effects. One alternative model gaining attention and advocates is called Flipped Learning. In this model, some lessons are delivered outside of the group learning space using video or other modes of delivery. Class time, then, is available for students to engage in hands-on learning, collaborate with their peers, and evaluate their progress, and for teachers to provide one-on-one assistance, guidance, and inspiration."
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