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What Makes a PowerPoint Slide Good?

powerpoint.jpgPowerPoint … the tool we all love to hate.

Well, that might not be exactly fair.  I mean, if I’m being completely honest then don’t I have to admit that the problem may lie with the user rather than the tool?

Maybe not in all cases, but I know that my own personal issue with most of the PowerPoint presentations I have had the displeasure of viewing is they are boring.

And not just kinda boring.  I mean chin on the desk, prop your eyes open with a pencil, fall asleep sitting up snooze worthy! (more…)

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How to Insert a YouTube Video into Slidepoint

Here is a tutorial (created using Slidepoint) that shows you how to insert a YouTube video into a Slidepoint presentation:



What is SlidePoint? In short, SlidePoint enables you to visually create and assemble visually stunning, flash-like e-learning presentations, complete with images, text, video, narrations, and even animation effects – all online, and the end result does not require flash! You can, of course, integrate flash videos if you wish (as well as YouTube videos). You can use Slidepoint in your Weblearning LMS system, or as a stand-alone service here.

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The Weblearning LMS is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests (including your E-Learning Lessons). You can read the brochure, or to try it FREE, go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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SlidePoint App for Weblearning is Like PowerPoint Online

Our most ambitious Weblearning LMS plugin, over 2 years in development, the SlidePoint Online Presentation software for Weblearning is finally available.

Currently, it is available solely as a plug-in for our Weblearning LMS/E-Learning System, but work is already underway for a stand-alone cloud-based version (will be hosted on www.slidepoint.net).

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So What is SlidePoint?

In short, SlidePoint enables you to visually create and assemble visually stunning, flash-like e-learning presentations, complete with images, text, video, narrations, and even animation effects – all online, and the end result does not require flash (in other words, works on mobile phones and tablets, including iPad)! You can, of course, integrate flash videos if you wish (as well as YouTube videos).

Creating interactive e-learning presentations, slideshows, training tutorials, and marketing slideshows is easy with SlidePoint.

Will have some more examples soon, but for now, here are a few SlidePoints: Sample1, Sample2

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The Weblearning LMS is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests (including your SlidePoint Presentations). You can read the brochure, or to try it FREE, go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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Use PowerPoint Backgrounds in SlidePoint

Now that we have released the SlidePoint Online Presentation software for Weblearning, many of you want to use your PowerPoint backgrounds in your SlidePoint Presentations.

So, although I am not an expert at creating great e-learning presentations, I put one together using SlidePoint - which shows you how to get your PowerPoint backgrounds into SlidePoint so you can use them as a Presentation skin (while showing a bit of what can be done using SlidePoint).



What is SlidePoint? In short, SlidePoint enables you to visually create and assemble visually stunning, flash-like e-learning presentations, complete with images, text, video, narrations, and even animation effects – all online, and the end result does not require flash! You can, of course, integrate flash videos if you wish (as well as YouTube videos).

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The Weblearning LMS is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests (including your SlidePoint Presentations). You can read the brochure, or to try it FREE, go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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SlidePoint for Weblearning LMS To Be Released

We are just about ready to release our newest plug-in for the Weblearning LMS – called SlidePoint.

The best way to describe it is this – it’s like an online version of PowerPoint geared specifically towards e-learning.

In short, SlidePoint enables you to visually create and assemble visually stunning, flash-like e-learning presentations, complete with images, text, video, narrations, and even animation effects – all online, and the end result does not require flash! You can, of course, integrate flash videos if you wish (as well as YouTube videos).

Another cool benefit is – your presentations will also run on mobile devices.

Here is a screen shot of the SlidePoint Editor:

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We expect SlidePoint to be available in the next several weeks. In the meantime, here is a sample presentation I created with the (internal) beta version of SlidePoint – not the greatest presentation ever created, but a light sampling of some stuff you can do (and as it’s being delivered outside of a course, the save/exit button doesn’t function):



Here is another sample presentation
..that demonstrates a custom button bar, as well as the ability to resize and scale the presentation like you can with videos (even though it is not a video): http://bit.ly/rrCVXq



..and this sample presentation talks about some advanced animations like rotate, skew and scale – and does so while advancing automatically from slide to slide (like a video): http://bit.ly/nsocRu

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The Weblearning LMS is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests (including your E-Learning Lessons). You can read the brochure, or to try it FREE,  go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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Study Mode Quizzes Now Available in Weblearning LMS

Here is a short video that shows a preview of our new Study Mode Quiz plug-in for Weblearning LMS – just released as I write this. As always, our LMS learning modules are designed to work on mobile devices (meaning, they do not use Flash).

In this case, if you are one of our Test Pro Developer customers, the study mode quiz should seem familiar – since Test Pro Developer has had the ‘Practice Mode’ tests for quite some time – and we have used those as our model for this plugin. So, if you are looking to move your users from Windows Desktop Software learning to Online Learning, and want to give them a similar experience, you can now leverage Weblearning, with this Study Mode Quiz plugin (as well as the recently released Flash Card Plugin which mimics Test Pro Developer’s Flashcard mode).

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The Weblearning LMS is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests (including your E-Learning Lessons). To try it FREE, go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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Using CSS Tricks in Your Online Quizzes

20_dog_doing_card_tricks.jpgWith the plethora of settings and configurations available to your quizzes inside of your Weblearning LMS account, you may have passed over or discounted the Extra CSS Field.

While it’s not obvious by looking at it (just a big empty white text box), you can do some pretty cool things using it – and I am going to show you a few in this article!

Where the heck is this EXTRA CSS box?
When you edit a quiz ( Learning Modules > List All > Edit [pencil icon] ), click on the (more…)

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Flashcards Plugin for Weblearning LMS – Preview

Here is a short video that shows a preview of our new Flashcards plug-in for Weblearning LMS – which should be available very soon (a few weeks). Despite all the fancy animations going on, the Flashcards plug-in is pure HTML, so it is mobile-learning compatible (phones, tablets).

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The Weblearning LMS is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests (including your E-Learning Lessons). To try it FREE,  go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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Great Ways to Prevent Cheating on Online Quizzes

imgres.jpgDelivering Online Quizzes is becoming more and more common, so here are 5 great ways to help prevent cheating and ensure the user answers are their own.

Shuffle the Question Order

This is a no-brain-er. By doing this, you make sure that passing the quiz is not a simple list of letters (like 1-a, 2-c, 3-b, 4-b, etc). Most quiz authoring software (including our Weblearning E-Learning System as well as our Online Quiz Maker System) enable you to do this.

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How To Enable Pause and Resume on Your Online Quizzes

One of the benefits of authoring your online quizzes inside your Weblearning E-Learning System (as opposed to using quizzes from some other source) is the ability for your users to pause the online quiz and then resume the quiz at a later date. In this article I’m going to show you how easy it is to enable the Pause/Resume feature on one or all of your online quizzes just by adding one line of CSS.

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Create E-Learning with Instant Feedback Questions

A relatively unknown (but useful) feature in the Weblearning Training Management System the ability to include quiz questions (currently multiple-option, true/false and yes/no) inside your authored learning presentations – which adds interactivity to your learning materials.

When you include questions inside presentations however, the operate a bit differently than they do inside of an online quiz.

First, when your user first encounters a question inside a learning presentation, the navigation buttons will be disabled – thereby forcing them to choose an answer to the question.

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Delivering Quiz Questions in Sequence in Weblearning

Many times, you may shuffle your question order so each learner gets the questions in a different order (or perhaps even randomize the picks so they get different questions, too). This approach goes a long way towards preventing memorization and cheating.

However, there are also times when you may want to make sure you deliver questions (and slides) in a specific order – and that is what I will be discussing in this article.

When you enter in questions or slides into your Weblearning account, each question is given a ‘random’ sequence number (you will not find any ‘sequence number’ data filed on the question entry form).

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Offer Instant Feedback for Your Questions

New in Weblearning 9.6 is the ability to include certain question types (currently multiple-option, true/false and yes/no) inside your authored presentations.

When you include questions inside presentations however, the operate a bit differently than they do inside of a quiz.

First, when a user first encounters a question inside a learning presentation, the navigation buttons will be disabled – thereby forcing them to choose an answer to the question.

Next, the user will receive feedback when they choose an answer:

  • if they choose wrong choice, the will get feedback telling them so, and then have the opportunity to choose another selection
  • if the choose the correct answer, they will get feedback telling them so, and then the navigation button(s) will be re-enabled so they can navigate to the next question or slide

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By default, the ‘instant feedback’ displayed to the user is a generic ‘you were correct, you were incorrect’ kind of message. However, you can author into each question a specific feedback for each choice if you choose by doing the following:

  1. edit (or add) a new question (that works inside learning presentations)
  2. click the OPTIONAL tab
  3. scroll down to the IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK RESPONSES section to apply responses

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The Weblearning E-Learning System is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests. To try it FREE,  go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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Print Quizzes using Weblearning E-Learning System

It may not happen often, but occasionally you may have a need to print off a quiz (or even a presentation) for a user, or perhaps even for prototyping purposes.

Weblearning 9.6 introduces a new feature to do just that – enable you to easily print off a quiz.

Keep in mind that Weblearning is not designed specifically to create printed quizzes, so you wont have the plethora of options as you do for configuring the quizzes for online delivery.

To access the print function, click on the LEARNING MODULES tab, and then list the learning modules in the LIST ALL tab, and click the EDIT button next to the learning module you would like to print:

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This will open the learning module up in edit mode. From here, click the SLIDES tab, and then finally, click the PRINT button to print off the learning module:

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Quizzes will print out nice almost every time. Presentations will print out nicely for the most part, but if you have sophisticated layouts the output may not be 100% perfect.

The Weblearning E-Learning System is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests. To try it FREE,  go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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PowerPoint to Weblearning Converter Plugin Now Available

Those of you who have Weblearning Pro or Enterprise systems, and have used the previous PowerPoint Converter tool, you may be interested to know about the new PowerPoint Converter Plug-in.

Complete information on the PowerPoint Converter Plugin (and all Weblearning plug-ins for that matter) is available here.

This plug-in is used to convert PowerPoint Presentation Slides into native Weblearning Slides. Minimally, this lets you get your PowerPoint presentations online without requiring your users to use the PowerPoint viewer application, and in this case, they don’t even need flash (as many PowerPoint converters turn the presentation into a flash video).

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This means that devices that do not support Flash (like iPhone, iPod, iPad, and many other mobile devices) will be able to view your presentations!

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This new version of the PowerPoint Converter has many improvements over the old one.

For starters, it is now a plug-in to your Weblearning system (although it still does have a desktop component to it).

It now also converts some basic PowerPoint Animation Effects (fly-in from top, bottom, left, and right, fade-in). In addition, you can also override effects (and add some of your own) during the conversion (changing effect type and speed, and configuring items to fade out or roll-up after the core effect has completed). There is a local preview of your converted slides (along with all animations) as well.

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The conversion accuracy is also vastly improved, so things like stylized and non-standard-font text, multiple text colors, bullet items, and more are nearly a 100% conversion.

If you would like to see it in action, you can sign up for a demo Weblearning account – then you will find the plug-in under the slides -> plugins tab.

The Weblearning E-Learning System is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests. To try it FREE,  go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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Sending Weblearning Emails as HTML

As you are probably already aware, there are several places inside your Weblearning system that emails can be and/or are sent out:

  • Course Invitations
  • End-of-quiz report emails to admins
  • End-of-quiz report emails to users

By default, emails are sent as plain-text, and therefore the editors provided to you to change the contents of these emails are plain-text editors (no styling or sizing options like you get in, for example, the question editors). However, there is a way to force the emails to be sent out as HTML emails.

To do so, place the following tag at the beginning of each mail body:

<html>

When the email function inside your Weblearning system sees this tag in the body of the email, it will treat the body text as HTML markup instead of plain text.

It is important to realize that once you do this, all of the text is treated as HTML markup code. This opens up the opportunity to put formatting into your emails. For example, you can bold text (using <b> tags), change fonts, sizes, colors. You can also include hyperlinks and images – if you understand how to use the HTML markup tags for these items.

Here are some examples (there are thousands possibilities):

<b>this will be bold</b>
<em>this will be italicized</em>
<u>this will be underlined</u>
<font size=3>This will be sized text</font>
<font color=blue>This will be blue text</font>
<a href=’http://www.yoursite.com/somepage.htm’>This will be a hyperlink</a>
<h1>This will be header text (large)</h1>
<h2>This will be a bit smaller header text</h2>
<h3>This will be even smaller header text</h3>

.. And for an image …
<img src=’http://www.yoursite.com/someimage.jpg>

The Weblearning E-Learning System is a powerful, budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online E-Learning System for authoring, managing, and tracking online learning presentations and tests. To try it FREE,  go to the Weblearning E-Learning System Sign-up Form.

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Quiz Variations, Question Shuffling, and Answer Shuffling Explained

Weblearning 9.5 has added a lot of new functionality to enhance and customize your quizzes and courses.  In Weblearning 9.5 you now have three different methods you can utilize to present unique quizzes to each and every one of your students.  This can be particularly useful if your in a testing enviroment where students are completing their course work side-by-side. Instead of those students seeing the same quizzes in the same order (making cheating or cooperation much easier), you can configure your quizzes to display questions in a shuffled order, display the answers to those questions in a shuffled order, or even display a different set of random question altogether for the same quiz.

The first method we’re going to discuss is Question Shuffling and how to use it. Question shuffling allows you to present your questions in a different random order each time the quiz is started. If using the question shuffling method alone, your students are still going to get the same set of questions each time they take the quiz, however they will appear in a different random order each time the quiz is taken.

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The first step in setting up your quizzes to shuffle questions is to head over to the Quizzes & Modules tab inside of your Weblearning Course Admin. Find the quiz where you would like to shuffle questions for and then click the Properties button to the right of that quiz.

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This will bring up the Quiz Properties screen for that quiz, under the General Settings subtab. Scroll down until you see the box that says Shuffle Questions (about 3/4 down).  To the right of where it reads Shuffle Questions is a dropdown box – to set your quiz to shuffle the questions, select Yes – shuffle each time from the dropdown. Once you’ve made that change, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Submit Changes button to save your changes.

You can also configure your quizzes to shuffle the questions in your default publishing settings. By doing this, every quiz you publish/republish from that point forward will shuffle the questions each time the quiz is taken.

To do this, we’re going to click on the Quizzes & Modules tab again, but this time we’re going to go over to the Settings subtab.

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Once on the Settings subtab, click the link that reads Setup Publishing Defaults for All Modules. This area allows you set up the default settings that are used each time you publish/republish a new or existing quiz.  Click on the Functional Settings subtab to shuffle questions in all your quizzes from here on out.

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The third option down underneath the Functional Settings subtab is the Shuffle Questions option. Select Yes from the dropdown box located to the right, then click the Submit Changes button at the bottom of the page to save your changes.

The next thing we’re going to talk about is Shuffling the Answers to your Quiz questions. Answer shuffling can be applied to Multiple Choice, Multiple Response, True/False, and Yes/No style questions.  It cannot be applied to Fill-in-the-Blank, Essay, Matching, or Pick List style questions. Unlike question shuffling, Answer Shuffling can only be applied on a question by question basis instead of in one setting across a quiz.

To get started with Answer Shuffling, click on the Questions & Slides tab and Add a NEW Question from one of the compatible question types listed above.

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Once you’ve selected the question type you’d like to work with, the Question Editor will come up where you can enter your question, answers, set the question category, etc.  The area of the question editor we’re interested in falls directly underneath where you enter the choices/responses for your question. Check the box to left of where it reads Check this box to shuffle the answer order each time. Once you’ve completed creating your question (entering the question text, the choices, selecting to shuffle the answer, and assigning a category) click the Add Question button at the bottom of the editor window to save your question.

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The same idea can be used to add Answer Shuffling to your existing questions by bringing up the questions in the Question Editor and then checking the box below the choices/responses. Remember adding answer shuffling is the same as editing on your questions, so in order for those changes to take effect in the quizzes that your end user will see, any quizzes that contain those questions need to be republished.

The last thing we’re going to discuss is a brand new feature in Weblearing 9.5 which gives you the ability to create quizzes that pull from the same set of questions, but do not use the same exact questions every time the quiz is taken. The feature we’re talking about is Quiz Variations.  You can set a quiz to use quiz variations each time you publish and new quiz or republishing one of your existing quizzes.  For this example I’m going to show you how to configure a quiz to use variations by creating a new quiz.

The first step is to go to the Quizzes & Modules tab. From there, click the topmost link below the subtabs that reads Create a New Graded Quiz.

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This will bring up the Publish a Quiz Screen, where you can enter the title for your quiz, select the categories and number of questions from those categories you would like to use, set a time limit for your quiz, and enabled Quiz Variations for your quiz.

What quiz variations essentially does is tell the quiz that each time it’s started to repeat the same set of question selection rules over again. So if you initially configure to quiz to use 10 random questions from Category A, 10 random questions from Category B, and 10 random questions from category C – each time a student takes that quiz the quiz will pull 10 random questions from each of those categories.  It’s important to note that for quiz variations to properly function, there should be more questions in the category than the number you are pulling. Otherwise, each time the quiz pulls the question it’s going to end up pulling ALL the questions from the category, which defeats the purpose of using variations.

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In the example above, I’ve set my quiz to use 15 random questions from all my question categories. Since I have nearly 200 questions available, each time the quiz is started 15 random out of those 200 available will be selected and displayed to the user. I’ve also made sure to check the box to the left of Deliver a random quiz variation to each user to turn on the quiz variation feature. Once I’ve finished creating my quiz and configuring it to function the way I would like it, I’ll click the Publish Quiz button at the bottom of the screen to create my new quiz.

Each of the aforementioned features can be used alone or in conjunction with one-another. Using Quiz Variations, Question Shuffling, and Answer Shuffling together gives me the most power, allowing me to create quizzes that use different sets of questions, displayed in random order, with the answers themselves displayed in random order – making it less likely that two students can recieve the same exact quiz.

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