Technology

Building a Studio

So you want to build a studio? First and foremost, congratulations! You are about to create one of my favorite spaces.  A studio is a nice, quiet, calm space to help you reach new creative levels you might have never even dreamed of. Get ready for some exciting doors to open! You might be wondering where to start, and that’s …

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Organization: Naming Conventions

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It’s a running joke on my team that I have a strange obsession with organization, documented processes, folder structure, and naming conventions. I maintain that a well-established system for any collaborative team helps prevent unnecessary mistakes and helps ensure a project run smoothly. I definitely play along with the jokes (because it IS a pretty strange obsession) but taking the …

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Social Media in eLearning

Social Media, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary is, “Forms of electronic communication (Such as Web Sites) through which people create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, etc.” But you didn’t need that definition to know what social media is, right? If someone asks you “what is social media?” What comes to mind? The pictures of your dogs in …

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Adobe Captivate 9: Rollovers for Software Simulations

The most recent eLearning project I completed was for an online software application, so creating online software training has been on my brain. I typically create training for adults, so I have been paying close attention to incorporating adult learning theories into software training. In my recent posts, I talked a bit about how Adobe Captivate allows you to create …

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Keying in Premiere Pro CC 2015

A while back I wrote about Utilizing a Green Screen. In that article I focused on lighting, shooting your scene and of course editing. Well, as with any software or program out there, Adobe has made changes to Premiere. With the update to Premiere Pro CC 2015, the garbage matte that was so user friendly when chroma keying a green …

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Adobe Captivate 9: Advanced Actions Part 2

In my previous post, I covered a few simple techniques for adding Advanced Actions to Adobe Captivate 9 projects. We added hidden captions that appear when users click a button. Now we’re going to connect that interaction to the slide navigation, because our customer wants to make sure that users read every caption before they can move to the next …

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Adobe Captivate 9: Advanced Actions Part 1

The eLearning software market is packed with the latest and greatest of everything, but regardless of what tool you’re using, you still need that tool to make engaging and educational eLearning content. Once you understand some of the core features available in a tool like Adobe Captivate, you can build upon those core features and build solutions for any issue. …

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Using Transitions Effectively

Transitions are a great way to move around blocks of content, but without careful attention, they can quickly become distracting. Many novice users will overuse transitions, which can make the training look sloppy, unprofessional, and most notably, a distraction to the learner. There are many transitions to choose from, so it is important to figure out which one works best …

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Incorporating Video into Your Trainings

When you think of trainings or tutorials, what first comes to mind? A walk-through demonstration of a process? Or possibly text and visuals accompanied by a voice over? These are two excellent ways to reach your audience and get the information across, and most of the time it is the best, most preferred method for your learner. However, incorporation of …

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Can You Hear Me Now? Tips For Recording Your Best Audio

Many think that recording audio is a simple task. You sit down, turn on the software and start talking, right? HA! If only it were just that simple. On the contrary, this process isn’t as easy as you may think. There are little things people don’t think about that can absolutely ruin an audio recording. I was recently asked to …

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