You’ve just finished authoring the world’s best e-learning course. Now what?
Before you can kick back and begin working on your next masterpiece, you’ll need to publish the source content into a format that’s viewable by learners. And after that, you’ll need to distribute the published output by uploading the course to an appropriate web server such as an LMS, website, or company intranet.
Whether you’re building your e-learning portfolio, sharing examples in the e-learning challenges, or just want to test your course in an online environment, you’re going to need to know about publishing and uploading. And that’s what this week’s screencasting challenge is all about!
Screencast Challenge of the Week
This week, your challenge is to screencast a tip for publishing or uploading your Articulate Storyline or Articulate Studio courses.
You can focus on the basic Publish dialog window in Storyline or Studio, or you can take a more project-based approach and walk learners through publishing, uploading, and sharing hosted e-learning examples. Whatever you want to share around publishing and uploading works in this week’s challenge.
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.
Topics or Areas to Demonstrate
Not sure which tips to share? Here are some topic ideas to get you started:
- Publishing basics
- Getting your course online
- Hosting options
- Embedding published courses in WordPress
- Using Articulate Tempshare to upload and test courses
- Publishing considerations for mobile
- Using link shorteners to customize and shorten URLs
- Popular FTP programs for uploading courses to web hosting companies
- Using Amazon S3 for hosting
Here are some articles and tutorials that will help you with technical details.
- Publishing a Course for Web
- Publishing a Course for LMS
- Publishing a Course for CD or Another Local Source
- Tips for Publishing Your Courses to Word By Tracy Parish
- Publishing a Course for Mobile Devices
- How to Share Your E-Learning Course for Free With Google Drive (Keep in mind that Google Drive will stop hosting courses this summer)
- 5 Easy Ways to Share E-Learning Courses
- How to Troubleshoot Your LMS with SCORM Cloud
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 tutorials.
If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenge entry. We’ll link back to your blog so your video tutorials get even more exposure. If you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.