This guest blog entry was written by Articulate Customer Support Engineer Brian Batt.
One of the great things about Articulate Presenter ’09 is that you can easily bring any kind of web content right into your e-learning courses by using Web Objects.
In this article, I’m going to show you three examples of web content you can leverage in your courses, and how to insert them with Presenter.
Add a Google Map
Let’s say your client is a trucking company that’s going to start a new route from Texas to Wisconsin. You want to embed a dynamic Google Map into an e-learning course to show the new route. A Web Object is a nice tool for something like this.
Just go to the Google Maps page, enter your route, and click the Link button. Google will give you both a link and an embed code. The tutorial below shows how to use either of these as a Web Object in your course. As I explain in the tutorial, you can use the link to display the whole page, or you can use the embed code to create an HTML file of just the map itself. Though the second option involves a few more steps, you get the added benefit of being able to fully customize the way the map looks within your slide.
Feature a YouTube Video
Another way you can leverage web-based content is by incorporating a YouTube video into your course. Check out the following tutorial, which includes instructions for making a YouTube video appear full-screen on your presentation slide. It just takes a simple tweak to the video’s URL.
Add an Interactive PDF with Youblisher
Here’s another useful & free tool that works well for Web Objects. Youblisher will convert an uploaded PDF into a dynamic and interactive document that users can print, zoom, and leaf through. It’s a great solution if you need to include some documentation in your course but you want to make it look and feel a little more interactive. Here’s how to do it:
If you have questions about Web Objects, or you’d like to talk more about the ideas I’ve shared here, feel free to post a thread in the Articulate Community Forums. I’m there every day and would be happy to help you out. You can also feel free to connect with me on Twitter.