So Captivate 9 has been out for a couple of weeks now and I have had a good play around. While compared to Captivate 8’s new responsive layout, this release of Captivate lacks a headline feature. However, there are still plenty of new features that will help make your e-Learning great.
Well, today is the day that Windows 10 comes to the masses. It has been a relatively quiet launch compared to the hype we used to get from Microsoft back in the 90s, but Windows 10’s launch is big news. I have had a chance to play with various builds with Windows 10 through the Insider Program and it had me wondering, is Windows 10 a good thing for e-Learning developers? To answer this I’m not going to talk about the return of the Start menu, nor am I going to talk about the new flat design that was inevitable. What I am going to do is look at some of the new features of Windows 10 and relate their use to e-Learning.
I have been a teacher of ICT and then Computer Games Development for the last seven years. Having recently made a career change and become an e-Learning Developer, a number of people have asked me why I made such a big change. I have reasoned that developing e-Learning material is not that different to developing lessons as a teacher. So what are the similarities and differences between the roles?
I am currently reading Andrew Keen’s “The internet is not the answer”. In the book, Keen evaluates the last 25 years of the internet and says we need to rethink the web, rebuild the value of content, resurrect privacy and, above all, reconceive humanity. Which is quite a big ask. One of his main arguments is that the “digital revolution” is destroying, not innovating, every 20th century industry. This made me think, is e-Learning actually destroying training?
The integration between Edge Animate and Captivate was one of the new features I was most excited about when I reviewed Captivate 8 a while back . It has not let me down. I now spend as much time in Edge Animate as I do in Captivate when I am building custom e-Learning interactions. Below is a demo of showing how you can use Edge Animate to control and interact with your Captivate project. It has buttons controlling Captivate, adjusting variables and more. There is a short explanation of each slide below. You can also download all the source files and have a play around yourself.
So it is the time of year that all technical authors have been waiting for. MadCap have released a new version of Flare, number 11. I have to admit that this year I read the new features and I wasn’t exactly over the moon. However, once I got going with the trial I started to really appreciate Flare 11. Here are my highlights:
Undoubtedly, one of the most important skills I bring to technical authoring is being precise… to the point of pedantry… and, yes, I’m proud of it!
Accuracy is critical. In fact, there’s probably nothing more important for a technical author to focus on. But not just in the world of technical communications; I recently read a newspaper article that reminded me of the importance of accuracy in many aspects of life. Below is a small collection.
One of the most important thing to do before embarking on an e-Learning project is to identifying the e-Learning objectives. Learning objectives outline to the learner what is important, helps enable good assessment development and helps with course structure. However, good e-Learning objectives are annoyingly hard to define, so I thought I’d share a few things I try to do.
Recently I have found myself reading a number of articles about 3d printing. They range from the Royal Mail printing trinkets for you, 3d printers in space to entire houses being printed in China. This made me think, how could e-Learning developers use this burgeoning technology in the future?
So, last week was Learning Technologies UK 2015, Europe’s leading e-Learning exhibition and conference. I went as a free delegate, so I mostly spent my time listening to the free seminars and talking to as many of the exhibitors as I could. As expected there were people discussing gamification, 70-20-10, engagement and more. So I thought I’d share my highlights for anybody who didn’t get a chance to go or for anybody who wants to remember the good times.