E-learning Curve Blog Using Camtasia

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At the end of this session you will know about: …

At the end of this session you will know about:
Organisational uses of Rapid E-Learning tools
Authoring tools used in developing multimedia-based learning content
How these tools are implemented to develop content using the Rapid E-Learning methodology / approach

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  • 1. An Introduction to Rapid E-Learning Authoring Tools Presented By: Michael Hanley Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 2. Introduction
    • Michael Hanley
    • House rules
      • Turn off your mobile devices please!
    • Duration
      • About two hours
        • Presentation (45 minutes)
        • Lab (75 minutes)
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 3. Objective
    • At the end of this session you will know about:
      • Organisational uses of Rapid E-Learning tools
      • Authoring tools used in developing multimedia-based learning content
      • How these tools are implemented to develop content using the Rapid E-Learning methodology / approach
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 4. Agenda
    • This presentation will cover:
    • Context: training challenges facing organisations
    • Rapid E-Learning (REL) and content development
    • E-Learning authoring tools
      • Focusing on Techsmith Camtasia
    • Lab – creating a short learning object in Camtasia
    • Ask questions at any time during the session!
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 5. Authoring Tools Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 6. What is an authoring tool?
    • An authoring tool is a software application which developers use to create and package content deliverables to end users.
    • Enables content developers to integrate digital media using:
      • Text
      • Images
      • Animations
      • Audio
      • Video
    • … to create content
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 7. Some Authoring Tools
    • A generic term – authoring tools can include:
    • MS PowerPoint
    • Web editors
    • Flash
    • Director
    • Content platforms
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 8. Authoring Tool Workflow Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 9. Camtasia Recorder Tool
    • Set up options to record:
    • Features onscreen
    • Audio voice-over
    • Presenter Video
  • 10. Camtasia UI Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 11. Camtasia UI - Stage
    • Detailed preview of individual slide
    • Add slide notes / close captioned text
    • Includes
      • transport controls for the content
      • Current time/total time display
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 12. Camtasia UI - Menu
    • Menu bar
    • Includes all commands
    • Icons for frequently used items
    © Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 13. Camtasia Task List
    • Includes all tasks associated with the different stages of content production
      • Adding media
      • Editing Media
      • Producing content
      • Tips and Help
  • 14. Camtasia UI – Clip Bin
    • Previews Captured content pane
      • View slides in sequence
      • Drag and drop to timeline
      • Double click the file to preview each stage in the sequence
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 15. Camtasia UI - Timeline
    • Layer-based (like Flash or Director)
    • Includes
      • Video
      • 2 Audio Tracks
      • Captions
      • Chapter Markers
      • Onscreen text and highlight boxes
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 16. Lab Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 17. Practical
    • Create a learning object using Camtasia
    • Objective: develop a demonstration to instruct a learner how to format and print a document in Microsoft Word
    • Guidelines:
    • Your demo must contain the following elements
      • Onscreen text
      • Animation
      • Interactivity
      • Transport controls and progress bar
    • Format
      • The published file must be a Flash Video (FLV) file
      • The file must play back in a browser such as IE or Mozilla
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 18. Task Breakdown
    • Capture your content
      • Launch MS Word (your target application) and enter some text in a Word doc. Save the file.
      • Launch Camtasia
      • Select Task List >> Record the Screen
      • The Camtasia Recorder and the New Recording Wizard are displayed
      • In the New Recording Wizard , click on the Entire Screen radio button
      • Click on Next
      • Ensure none of the checkboxes are selected on the Recording Options screen and click on Next
      • On the Begin Recording screen, read the information about starting and stopping recording, as well as the Hardware Acceleration advice. Click on Finish
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 19. Recording your demo
      • In the Camtasia Recorder API, click on the Record button
      • The Camtasia Recorder API is minimised
      • If you have chosen to disable Hardware Acceleration, your screen may “fade to black” for a moment as your PC is reconfigured
      • Recording begins – a flashing green and red Camtasia icon is displayed in your taskbar for the duration of the recording
    • Record your demo
        • Change the layout from Portrait to Landscape
        • Change the paper size from A4 to US Letter
        • Preview and “print” the document
      • When you’re done, press F9 to end the recording
      • The Camtasia Recorder Preview is displayed. Click on Save
      • Name your file myDemo.camrec and save to the default Camtasia directory
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 20. Edit your content
    • In Camtasia, open your recording
      • Your recording is displayed
      • Review your screen capture
      • Use the Timeline tools to make any edits to the content (if required)
      • Save your demonstration as a CAMREC file
      • Next, open Camtasia Editor
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 21. Publishing your content
      • Select Produce >> Produce Video As…
      • The Production Wizard is displayed
      • Click on the Custom Production Settings radio button and click on Next
      • Choose the Flash (SWF/FLV) radio button. Click on Next
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 22. Publishing your content
      • The Flash Template screen is displayed
      • In the Appearance pane, select Template: >> One Video with TOC
      • Set the Theme to Matte
      • In the Size pane, choose 1024x768 in the Fit In dropdown list
      • Click on the Flash Options button
      • Under Video >> Format , ensure the FLV radio button is selected. Set Flash version to 8 in the dropdown list
  • 23. Publishing your content
    • In the FLV pane, set
      • The frame rate to 5
      • Max bitrate to 512
      • Bitrate Control to Variable 2-pass
      • Video Codec to VP6
      • Key Frame Rate to 5
      • Use the slider to set Video Quality to 100%
  • 24. Publishing your content
    • Now click the Audio tab
      • Check the Encode Audio checkbox
      • Set the Audio Format to MP3
      • Set Audio Attributes to 44 1000kHz, Mono, 128kBits/sec
      • Click on Apply
  • 25. Publishing your content
    • Click the Table of Contents tab
      • This is where the markers you set on the timeline are displayed
      • Edit your TOC text if desired
      • Use the Move Right & Move Left buttons to format the TOC
      • Click on OK
    • Under Flash Templates, click on Next
      • Click on Next again on the video options dialog box
      • Review your options on the Markers page in the wizard
  • 26. Publishing your content
    • Under Flash Templates , click on Next
      • Click on Next again on the video options dialog box
      • Review your options on the Markers page in the wizard
      • There’s no need to add anything on the Video Options screen. Click on Next
    • Under Produce Video , go to Output File >> Production Name and give your demo a name
      • Select the file output location in the Folder text box
      • Click on Finish
      • The file is rendered; this may take some time
      • Once production is complete, you may view your demo
    • You’re Done!
  • 27. Some things to try yourself
    • Add some audio to your demo
      • Try adding narration to your demo
      • Try adding sound effects to give learners feedback
    • Questions
      • Add in a progress test half-way through the demo
      • Add a lesson test at the end of the demo
    • Interactivity
      • Add in Back and Next buttons
      • Create a hotspot to a Web-based URL
    • Publish Options
      • Try generating WMV version of your demo
      • Try creating a video podcast of your demo
      • Try creating a CD-based version of your demo
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 28. Conclusion Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 29. Summary
    • The objective of the sessions was to introduce you to e-learning authoring tools and provide some hand-on experience creating your own learning object with Adobe Camtasia
    • This presentation has covered:
      • Organisational uses of Rapid E-Learning tools
      • Authoring tools used in developing multimedia-based learning content
      • How these tools are implemented to develop content using the Rapid e-Learning methodology / approach
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 30. Supporting Documentation
    • Research and resources used to create this presentation:
      • Website: Techsmith Camtasia online
      • Article: An Introduction to Authoring Tools
      • Article: Review: Adobe Camtasia and Techsmith Camtasia Studio
      • A rticle: Rapid E-Learning: a Growing Trend
      • Website: The E-Learning Guild Resource Library (subscription required)
    • Text: E-Learning Tools and Technologies
        • (Horton, W. & Horton, K. 2003, Wiley Books)
    Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 31. Questions? Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley
  • 32. Endo Finito! -Thank You Copyright 2008 Michael Hanley