Author Archive

Moodle Database Activity

October 17, 2010

I’ve been using the Moodle database activity. It’s a great tool and highly flexible.

One of the ways I have used it, is for creating shared learning logs. All students on a course log each time they put something they have learned into practice. You could just use a blog for this, but with the database you can specify the kind of information that you want to capture.  Students can see one another’s logs and you can also allow them to comment or rate the logs.

I’ve also used it to create lists of resources – e.g. useful blogs for e-learning developers. You can see a demonstration of how I did this here.

The only downside is that, by default, when you view entries in the database, it is a bit of a mess. You need to know a bit of HTML to really get the information to display the way you want it to.

Toolbook

September 29, 2010

I’ve been getting up to speed on ToolBook, one of the older authoring tools. It’s not too bad though a bit clunky. It has some standard issues – what you see isn’t really what you get, bullet points are pointedly problematic. In publishes to HTML which could be a plus though. One thing I have found is that there is quite a lot of documentation out there and some good resources:

Toolbook.org – useful blog with ‘how to’ and links

Toolbookdeveloper.com – this has free and paid for widgets and add ons for toolbook

ToolBookConsulting.com – the blog has lots of tips and links to downloadable widgets and fixes

Let me know if you know of any other sites I should be aware of.

Apply a custom template

November 15, 2009

Kev blogged a little while ago about Kineo’s free Articulate player template. You can get that here. A couple of people have asked for a demo on how to install and apply the skin, so you can see that here.

P.S. I used Screenr to create this demo. It’s really handy.

Captivate 4 Text to Speech

October 26, 2009

I wrote a review of Captivate 4 up on the Kineo site last month and got quite a big response. A couple of people commented on the fact that I hadn’t mentioned the text to speech functionality 

So, I have created a short little demo. It contains audio…  

Ok so maybe using it to create a scenario is a bit unfair, but you can see the downside of text-to-speech – it’s a bit flat.

Why use it then? Well, a good way of using it is as dummy audio. Allow reviewers to amend the synthesised audio and then you can add a proffessional voice over once the audio has been signed off. 

Mark Fletcher, whose blog you can visit here, gave me some great tips. He said if you are planning to do a voice over, you should take a look at the links below. They enable you to customise exactly how words are pronounced in the audio.

Customising the Text to Speech Dictionary

Using the Text to Speech – User Dictionary Editor

Hello world!

October 24, 2009

What do you write in a first blog entry? I’m going to be boring and just tell you what this blog is all about. I’m Theo, the head of e-learning development at Kineo. My team and I have decided to create this blog so that we can share our experience of using e-learning tools and technologies.

We’ll be sharing our experience of working with Articulate, Captivate, Mohive and Moodle, along with anything else we try out along the way.  We want you to know our tips, tricks, frustrations and successes. And we hope that you will comment on our blog and share your experiences with us.