Screencasting checklist for beginners

When you are new to the screencasting topic, starting working on your first screencast is a pretty challenging task. We’d wish that it was as easy as just recording the screen. However, fortunately, “I’ve done the procedure million times and I won’t screw it up!” – say no professional anyone. The good movies we see on the big screen are that good because nothing was done on the fly. The amount of time that people spend before the cameras actually start rolling is tremendous. Of course, we are not in Hollywood here, but why should we set for worse?

As a newbie myself, I have some fresh knowledge (and many hours of research), so I tried to summarize some tips, which will make your first experience with screencasting a smoother ride.

The question we all have – so, where do I begin? Continue reading

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Voice-Over Preparedness Drill

Remember that Big Bang Theory episode with Sheldon Cooper and his Emergency Preparedness Drill? It may not be necessary to take your preparedness to such an extreme level, although with voice-overs, you should definitely be ready for whatever comes up, especially if you’ve never done them before. I’d like to share with you my experience and some stumbling blocks on the way as well as tips on how to step them over.

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Going Beyond Traditional eLearning Authoring Tools

We are all well aware of such leaders in the eLearning authoring industry as Adobe Captivate, Articulate StorylineLectora Inspire, and TechSmith Camtasia, but there are plenty of other eLearning authoring tools that can help you blaze a trail in the field. In this post, we’ll dwell on three very different tools worth giving a shot.

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Conference crawlers: UA Reloaded 17

Was it worth 2 flights and 2 train rides just to get there? Yes.

Did I feel light-headed from all the modern technologies for content handling? Yes.

Has my brain been reloaded? Many times yes.



I really am still speechless from all the interesting stuff going on in content world.

What’s even more exciting is that you don’t only listen about it, but can try it yourself. Oh OK, no more spoilers.

Just make sure you book your ticket for the next year! See you there!

Glossary for Newbie eLearning Developers

My previous article was about choosing the right eLearning authoring tool. But now comes the hardest part—starting to work with it, even if you worked with similar tools before. Here is a short glossary of general and tool-specific terms to help you get eLearning done in leaps and bounds. The tools covered in my glossary include Adobe Captivate, Articulate StorylineLectora Inspire, and TechSmith Camtasia.

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Video Projects: Pitfalls Awareness

Naval invasions. Your ships are well-armored and ready to clinch a glorious victory. Ships are protecting their home port and sinking damaged by enemy fire or by colliding with land. No retreat since you are engaged in this battle and you agree on a counterattack despite the disparity of forces. Fleets may be disbanded and re-assembled while in the home port, but feeling the sweet taste of victory. And now, when you think that the battle is over, you are still expected to protect your flank.

Sounds like a beginning of some nautical novel, but that’s how information developer’s work on some projects looks like. Frankly speaking, that’s how it looks like despite thorough rigorous planning. So consider planning as the most vital part of your project constituting 60 % of the whole work, but be ready to meet some challenges.

So when does all the fun begin?

You are quite used to a daily routine of preparing documentation being a crackerjack in the field. This time you were addressed to produce a simulation for a brand-new application which shouldn’t cause much trouble or take a lot of time. Sounds really easy, but be ready for some unexpected bumps and bruises. Continue reading