Overwhelmingly, BbWorld attendees confirmed that PowerPoint is the content creation tool of choice for educators. Many lectures are already in PowerPoint format, so transitioning that content to media-rich online courses — like McMaster University’s Intro Psych course — with Articulate Presenter is easy for instructors. After adding audio, video, and quizzes, converting their PowerPoint class material to Flash is a snap.
Said Tom on his BbWorld experience last week:
Talking to the attendees at the conference I found that their needs are a little different than most on the corporate side of training. Most of them use PowerPoint as an authoring tool and have limited resources. In essence they’re like those one-person elearning shops. I kind of like to think they’re like MacGyver, where they have to be creative in how they pull their courses together.
That’s why I get jazzed talking to people about our software. I am always intrigued by the challenges people face when building their courses. What I like about the software is that I can build quick mock ups of what they want to do to see if it works. It’s fun and it is a great example of how easy it is to use our tools.
I think I built about 20 different courses during the exhibition. As a matter of fact, I came up with an idea for using Engage, which I’ll share in a future post.
Academic Case Studies
We have a long-standing presence in the academic space. Earlier this year we teamed up with Jefferson County Public Schools to win an IMS Learning Impact Award. You can find a Presenter-powered Jefferson County case study here.
You can download these academic case studies in PDF format:
There’s also been some recent discussion about Articulate in higher education in our forums.
Are you a professor or staff member at an educational institution? Did you know that we offer academic discounts on the purchase of Articulate software? Contact us to learn more.
If you missed us at BbWorld, you can catch up with us at a handful of events this fall:
- September 2007: Brandon Hall’s Innovations in Learning Conference
- October 2007: Elliott Masie’s Learning 2007
- November 2007: eLearning Guild’s DevLearn 2007
More details are available in the Articulate Calendar.
By the way, the scene in the above photo is typical of trade shows we attend — too many people for us to chat with, while those working the neighboring booths look bored. Maybe next time we should recruit our booth neighbors to help us demo our products?