In Presenter ‘09, it’s easy to boost interactivity by providing clickable navigation items right on your slides. By giving your learners control over what they click, you can let them choose which parts of the course they experience. This is called branched e-learning. It opens up all kinds of possibilities for making your course more engaging and meaningful, because learners aren’t locked into just a linear slide-after-slide presentation.

The clickable options you add to your slide are created with PowerPoint hyperlinks. Here’s how to add them:

  1. With your presentation open in PowerPoint, click the Insert tab on the PowerPoint ribbon.
  2. Now select the object or the text on your slide that you want to be hyperlinked—in other words, select the item that you want your users to be able to click on.
  3. Click the Hyperlink button on the PowerPoint ribbon.
  4. Click Place in This Document and then choose the destination slide (the slide to which you want to take the user if they click on the item you selected).
  5. Click OK.

When you publish, Presenter will respect any PowerPoint hyperlinks you inserted, and those items will be clickable in your published course. If a user views your published presentation and clicks on a hyperlinked object, they'll jump to the slide you specified.

Some Important Things to Keep in Mind

  • Be sure to test your hyperlinks by publishing, not previewing. Hyperlinks don't always work as expected in preview mode.
  • Hyperlinks may not work if you apply them to grouped objects. If you have a grouped object to which you want to apply a hyperlink, here’s a good way to do it: Right-click the object, choose Save As Picture, and save it as a PNG or the format you like best. Then, reinsert the image onto your slide and apply your hyperlink to the inserted image.
  • If you set up a branched learning scenario like the one shown in the screencast at the beginning of this tutorial, be sure to also check out the tutorials listed below.

You Might Also Want to Explore:

Locking the Player Controls on Selected Slides—because if you add hyperlinks to your slides as shown in this tutorial, you’ll want learners to navigate via the hyperlinks, rather than via the player controls.

Adding Branched Navigation to Your Course—because if your course involves branched learning paths, you’ll probably want to apply branching to certain slides so that the navigation makes sense.

Hiding a Slide from Appearing in the Outline Tab—because if some of your slides are used as layers within your scenario as described in the screencast at the beginning of this tutorial, you’ll probably want to hide those slides from appearing in the sidebar.

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