PowerPoint is one of those tools that’s so intuitive and easy to use, most people never take the time to formally learn all that’s possible.
That’s okay for the average user who wants to build simple presentations. But for e-learning designers, there are many hidden features, tricks, and workflows that aren’t covered in user manuals.
Forget that PowerPoint may not be the best choice for interactive e-learning. The slide-based authoring concepts and multimedia techniques will help users get up and running with more powerful authoring tools like Articulate Storyline. And that’s what this first screencast challenge is all about!
Screencast Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to screencast a PowerPoint tip for e-learning designers.
You can record a how-to tutorial to demonstrate a technical process or screencast a more general tip using an existing project you’ve built. The goal is for you to help e-learning designers get more from PowerPoint.
NOTE: Don’t worry if someone already recorded a similar tutorial. The weekly screencast challenges are for you to show what you know using your own personal voice and style.
PowerPoint for E-Learning Topics
Whether or not you build PowerPoint-based e-learning, the general concepts for inserting and customizing slide content will help you build better e-learning in tools like Storyline and Articulate Studio.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Production tips
- Favorite keyboard shortcuts
- Customizing PowerPoint for e-learning
- Creating custom templates for fonts, colors, and layouts
- Personal workflow tips
- Video and animation tips
You’ll find even more tutorial ideas and resources from Tom’s PowerPoint for E-Learning archives.
Record Your Screencast
You can record your screencast using any tool you like. Storyline’s built-in screen recorder is one option. Replay works well for including webcam video with your screen recording. Another popular option is Camtasia.
Share Your Screencast
Please use YouTube, Vimeo, or Wistia to host your screencast. That will make it easy for me to embed the tutorials in the weekly recap post for each challenge.
You’re also free to bundle your videos into a Storyline project (here’s an example). You’ll just need a place to host your published project. If you need help, I can host your files on our servers.
Ready? Set? Record!
About the Screencast Challenges
The weekly screencasting challenges are ongoing opportunities to teach, learn, and demonstrate your e-learning expertise. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.
If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure. If you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.