Apply a custom template

November 15, 2009 by

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.

Moodle musings

November 3, 2009 by

Hiya, this is Ryan Holder.

I have recently become part of the Kineo Moodle team, which is still in formation. I have been mostly developing (building courses) so far but there has been a big increase in the need for people aquainted with Moodle, and PHP programmers in particular. I have some programming experience but am relatively new to PHP so I bit the bullet and enroled mysef on the Moodle developer course: Introduction to Moodle programming. The course is free, and aptly offered through the Moodle medium.

The first thing that I learned was what exactly Moodle is; “Moodle is software that can be used to produce web-based courses and web sites to support collaborative projects. It is designed to support a social constructivist model of education.”

In my own words, Moodle is an Internet-based platform that hosts and manages E-learning. This can be full programmes or single courses and everything inbetween. It is used from Schools to corporate environments. The Open University is the largest use of Moodle in the world.

One of the most attractive things about Moodle is that it is Open Source, which means it is free. But this goes further than just ‘no money down’. Anybody is free to download, examine and alter the program. (There are ten main points that make software Open Source. You can read all about it here)

There is a large community at moodle.org who are working to continually make improvements either in the way of minor add-ons that can be installed, or by updating the main program. I look forward to becoming an active member.

Screen recording tool for Twitter

November 2, 2009 by

A great new tool for Twitter is ScreenR.  ScreenR is a free java based screen recording tool which is aimed towards Twitter users.  Simply define the screen area you wish to record, add audio if you so wish and press the red button and start !

You are limited to 5 minute videos but ScreenR is a great way of demonstrating particular features or methods and tying them into your own Twitter feed.

Creating a custom skin for Articulate

November 2, 2009 by

I’ve just started learning how to make custom Articulate skins. The skin replaces the default Articulate Presenter navigation controls and buttons with new visuals created in Flash. What’s new is that the guys over at Articulate HQ have now provided a ‘skin package’ system whereby the skin will install itself into Presenter to be selected as a player template when publishing, saving a tremendous amount of time at the publishing stage.

Previously a custom skin would have to be manually applied after every publish by copying the files from where they are stored over their counterparts in the player folder of the outputted project – tantamount to manual labour in IT terms.

These days, however, once the skin is ready, one can now zip everything up into an articulate package file which can then be distributed around, and simply double-clicked to install the skin into Presenter – couldn’t be simpler!

I created my first skin package earlier this week. You can get it from kineo’s site here.

I’ve just finished creating a custom skin for use with Articulate.I’ve just started learning how to make custom Articulate skins. The skin It replaces the default Articulate Presenter navigation controls and buttons with new visuals created in Flash. What’s great about creating a custom skinnew is that the guys over at Articulate HQ have now provided a ‘skin package’ system whereby the skin will install itself into Presenter to be selected as a player template when publishing, saving a tremendous amount of time at the publishing stage.

Previously a custom skin would have to be manually applied after every publish by copying the files from where they are stored over their counterparts in the player folder of the outputted project – tantamount to manual labour in IT terms.

These days, however, once the skin is ready, one can now zip everything up into an articulate package file which can then be distributed around, and simply double-clicked to install the skin into Presenter – couldn’t be simpler!

The custom skin is available to download at the end of this post. I created my first skin package earlier this week. If you want to give it a go follow this link

Captivate 4 Text to Speech

October 26, 2009 by

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 by

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.