Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Written by Gabe Anderson — Posted in Customers

Randy Pausch, whose book has topped best-selling lists for months, was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who died of pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008 (TechCrunch coverage). His final talk — Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams — has been viewed more than 6 million times on YouTube.

If you’re one of the 65,098 people who’ve viewed our most popular forums thread, Examples of Articulate in Action, then you may have already seen the post by community member jjensen about his Articulate Presenter version of Dr. Pausch’s lecture, which he’s made searchable and more. As jjensen notes in his forum post:

This version allows immediate access to any segment of the 1 hr 40 min video, full-text search, no download/installation, etc. etc. etc. This version uses a template we have developed to quickly convert training videos to interactive online training using Articulate, among other tools.

You can view the searchable version of the lecture, which also allows you to jump to any portion of the video via Presenter’s side navigation links, below:

View Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Also of note is that the website of Amer Technology, which created this version of the video, is 100% powered by Articulate Presenter.

Thanks for sharing your work, jjensen.

And condolences to family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Pausch.

3 responses to “Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”


Here’s a resized version of Randy’s lecture. PowerPoint allows you to compress images. Since the lecture included a massive picture on nearly every page, the resulting file is huge.

Resizing the images puts the file size to 13 MB instead of 265MB!

Dan // Posted at 9:58 am on August 12th, 2008

[…] a showcase for how to change video into eLearning, Gabe’s Word of Mouth Blog features Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture in Presenter format. The lecture, a YouTube top favorite, has a learning centered focus and is now viewable in smaller […] » Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture | eLearning Edition // Posted at 7:57 am on September 1st, 2008

The searchable version of the lecture is not working. Is there any required software in order to play it?


Beto // Posted at 12:38 pm on November 3rd, 2008

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