Author: Kasper Spiro

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Learning path in easygenerator: beta testers wanted!

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At easygenerator we it is our goal to help our authors to create more effective eLearning. That is the reason we have implemented learning objectives as part of the flow of the course creation, it is also the reason we have the learning objective maker, based on Blooms taxonomy. And now we have added Learning paths, the way to better retention, byte-sized mobile learning and adaptive learning; in short to better and more effective eLearning. It is just the first implementation, but we will build on this in the next few months. In order to make it spot on we are looking for people who want to beta test this and give us feed back.

Learning path beta 1During the period of the beta test we will give you free access to easygenerator. Interested? Contact us at info@easygenerator.com if you want beta test our application.

 

If you want to know more on the what, why, how and when of learning paths, please read the full post at the blog of Kasper Spiro

 


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New! Weekly meet the experts Q&A session on easygenerator by KasperSpiro

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By frequent request we are starting again with weekly Question and Answer sessions on Easygenerator hosted by easygenerator’s CEO Kasper Spiro. The sessions will be held on each Thursday at 11 AM EDT (New York time), 5 PM CET (Amsterdam time). These sessions are free of charge and anyone can join.

Q&A

Set up of the Q&A Session

During the session Kasper will discuss questions of the participants and will show the solution to those questions in Easygenerator.  The Q&A session has three goals:

  1. Showing you how you can solve certain issues in Easygenerator
  2. Find missing functionality. If there are questions where Easygenerator does not have a solution for yet, we will discuss the requirements. If they are on the road map we will inform you on when these features will be in the product. If they are not on our road map we will consider adding them to the road map.
  3. If there is time left Kasper will also answer general questions on e-Learning

How to participate

We assume that you have some knowledge of Easygenerator, either as a customer or as a trial user. If you do not have any experience we advice you to watch our video demo before joining the Q&A session. If you want to join:

1. Send an email to support@easygenerator.com

  • Please mention the date that you want to join the conversation.
  • We really appreciate it if you could also add the questions/topics that you would like to discuss.

2. Join the meeting

You will receive an invitation for the meeting. In the details you will find a link. Click the link a few minutes before the start of the session and that is it. You need:

  1. Internet connection via your computer or tablet in order to join
  2. A headset or microphone/speakers
  3. If you don’t have a headset you can dial in via one of the phone numbers that are also in the invitation details.

If you have any questions feel free to ask us. Mail us at support@easygenerator.com.

Login from this page

You can also login directly from this page just click here  to join the session.

Need to dial in for audio? Call one of the numbers below. You will be asked for an access code (976-706-957)

United States: +1 (571) 317-3129
Australia: +61 2 8355 1020
Austria: +43 (0) 7 2088 1047
Belgium: +32 (0) 28 08 4368
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9353
Denmark: +45 (0) 69 91 89 28
Finland: +358 (0) 942 59 7850
France: +33 (0) 170 950 594
Germany: +49 (0) 692 5736 7317
Ireland: +353 (0) 19 030 010
Italy: +39 0 247 92 13 01
Netherlands: +31 (0) 208 080 219
New Zealand: +64 9 280 6302
Norway: +47 75 80 32 07
Spain: +34 911 82 9906
Sweden: +46 (0) 852 500 186
Switzerland: +41 (0) 435 0167 13
United Kingdom: +44 (0) 330 221 0088


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How to create a hotspot in Easygenerator

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At easygenerator we add features and improvements every week. This week I want to draw your attention to a cool new feature: The HotSpot

What is a hotspot?

A hotspot is basically a hyperlink on an image. A hotspot can link to a text with explanation, another image, a web page or a document. In our first implementation we only have a text option.

Why should I want to use a hotspot?

With the text hotspot that we implemented you can add text or explanations to an image. The advantage is that the user will only see the image, and will get the extra info in the context (if he or she hovers over the hotspot with the mouse).

How do I add a hotspot in easygenerator?

I will show you in a few simple steps. I also recorded a video showing the process in which I added some nice easygenerator tips as a bonus!

You can add hotspots to all content and question items in easygenerator. If you want to add content in a topic or question just click button:

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After that you will see two buttons. Press ‘Add hotspot on an image’.

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A dialog will be show where you can select the image to place the hotspots on:

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Drag the hotspot, fill in the text you want to appear and press save.

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The learner will see this hotspot on hover over:

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To see this in action check out the video, including some extra tips.


Easygenerator

Easygenerator releases 2015 Roadmap

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The Pro Plan comes to the web.

2014 was a massive year for easygenerator, we have rapidly developed many features such as Co-Authoring, Course Reviews, 8 new question types, tracking and tracing results and custom languages. We have launched the Starter and Plus Plan for teachers and Subject Matter Experts, gathered tons of feedback which we took to heart and added to easygenerator and welcomed our 5000th user (we’re now well over 7000!)

So what’s in store for 2015?

Pro plan

In 2015 we will bring the Pro Plan to the web, the complete e-learning solution for instructional designers. I will breakdown the most important features below.

Custom templates
The Pro Plan allows you to edit the HTML, CSS and Javascript source of course content, this will allow you to adjust the look and feel and functionality of courses. You can even create your own templates to create a custom learning experience. We will share the source code of our own templates so you can alter them as you like. If you don’t have the technical knowledge for this you can also choose to have this done by one of our partners.

Result navigation
With result navigation you will be able to define navigation rules based on the result of the learner. Based on an answer given, an assessment result or progress on a learning objective you can navigate a user to a specific page or part of your course. This way you can offer them a personalized learning experience based on their needs.

User Interactions
With Easygenerator’s Pro Plan you will be able to create interactions on a page that can be triggered either by time or by user behaviour. Think of pop ups with extra context, video’s, links, audio, all triggered by time or behavior.

New and Redesigned templates
In 2015 we will add a reader template for courses that are read only and contain no questions.We will bring out a newly designed quiz template, with improved layout and user interaction based on user feedback.

Custom Languages
We already offer custom languages, but we will add more default translations to the templates, so all default elements will be in your own language. If we don’t have your language you will be able to translate all templates in the application yourself fast and easy. We will also expand the options to change the templates to your look and feel.

Question Pools and Assessments
We will add the option to create assessments in easygenerator, we call them ‘question pools’. You can run a whole question pool or draw any number of specific questions to present to your learner. We will also add options to the existing question types and add a few new ones like the open question and the video and sound question type.

Extra files
You will be able to upload and store not only images, but also video and sound files and we will make it possible to include a whole range of documents in your courses (like word and pdf the option to include html5 interactions. We will of course also offer extra content management facilities in order to manage these files. The content management will also include an option to reuse elements from courses, not only through copy and paste, but also by reusing them as elements in the content management part of easygenerator.

Voice Over

A much requested  feature is to be able to have overs in courses, to guide the user to questions and pages.

Video Upload

Currently the way to add video’s in easygenerator is to embed them from third party video hosting sites like youtube and vimeo. In 2015 we will have our own video hosting to offer secure video content.

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Easygenerator provides free e-learning to Ukrainian education

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Energy shortage forces Ukrainian schools to close during winter period, Easygenerator provides its software for free!

Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 8 January 2015. – The Ukraine is going through tumultuous times; economic setbacks, war in the east and political instability. Schools and universities will be closed in the winter for a period of three months to save gas and money. Teachers are trying to teach from home, a challenging task given the lack of resources.

Easygenerator, a provider of eLearning authoring software, decided to make its software available free of charge to everybody in the Ukraine as of today. Easygenerator is closely connected to the Ukraine, it’s software development team of 17 developers is based in Zhytomyr (Ukraine). The software is available free of charge for a period of 3 months till the 1st of April. Easygenerator wants to make a contribution to the Ukraine and hopes to facilitate online learning for all Ukrainian teachers and students. “We strongly believe in supporting online learning globally. Given our special relationship with the Ukraine it is our pleasure to make a small contribution to the country in these challenging times”, says Kasper Spiro (CEO Easygenerator).

How does it work?

It’s easy, go to www.easygenerator.com and sign up. Your account will be automatically upgraded to a premium account if you are from the Ukraine till the 1st of April. The premium account allows users to create, design and publish courses. All accounts will be transferred into free accounts by April first, and all courses will remain available for the students!

About Easygenerator

Easygenerator provides cloud-based eLearning authoring software. Easygenerator enables instructional designers and subject matter experts to rapidly create the most engaging courses that have the highest learning impact. Easygenerator is affordable, easy to use, and future proof. Simply create, design, publish courses, and track your learner’s results with Easygenerator. Used and loved by 8000+ users in more than 150 countries. Easygenerator’s headquarter is located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


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New to e-Learning? Easygenerator gives you a kick-start

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Are you ready to develop an e-Learning course? Watch out!  It can get complicated very quickly because you need to:

  • Buy and install an authoring environment and be trained on it.
  • Buy, install and customize a LMS.
  • Provide course hosting and access for learners.
  • Have knowledge of SCORM and XAPI (TinCan).
  • Have instructional design knowledge.
  • Design course look and feel.

All that has changed now! Easygenerator offers all this and more with unique pricing that includes a free monthly plan, $19 (starter Plan) and $39 (Plus Plan). This post reviews all this information and explains how easygenerator revolutionizes the world of e-Learning, making it accessible to everyone.

Buy and install an authoring environment and be trained on it

Easygenerator is designed with you in mind – someone with little or no experience in e-Learning. Easygenerator is so easy you can start developing courses without any training! Also, you don’t need to install anything, just go to www.easygenerator.com and sign up. Everything is in the cloud. You will be up and running in seconds.

You can buy easygenerator but you can also use it for free and still use all of its features. And you can switch between Plans every month, based on your needs.

Buy and install a LMS

Don’t bother. Do you need an authoring tool that provides course accessibility to learners and lets you check their learning results? Easygenerator offers all that.

Provide course hosting and access for learners

No need for any of that. Use easygenerator servers at no additional cost and with a single click you can host your courses. Hosting is included in the price for an unlimited number of learners.

Must have knowledge of SCORM and XAPI (TinCan)

What do all these strange abbreviations mean? Don’t worry – you don’t need to try and figure it out. With easygenerator, all you need is included in a simple and intuitive interface. SCORM and XAPI are integrated in easygenerator software giving you the flexibility for easy authoring, easy publishing and the ability to track results.

Design a course look and feel

Easygenerator is template based. Choose your template, choose your theme, upload your logo and you’ve just customized the course look and feel.

Need to have instructional design knowledge

Our goal is to help you create instructionally sound and effective e-Learning courses. Easygenerator is more than a tool, because it supports course development with a didactical approach built into it, ready for you to use. Easygenerator offers support through additional free tools (such as the learning objective maker, blogs, courses, webinars and Q&A sessions) in order to enable you to reach your goal.

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Is Easy is too simple?

You may think if we want to keep it that easy there can’t be a lot of options. Think again.  We offer, for example, 8 different question types that provide unique interactions for learners, all of them are easy to use. All this and more (such as PowerPoint import) is available for you to discover. Go to www.easygenerator.com right now, signup and test it out. All functionality is free for 14 days.

 

 

 


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Use your PowerPoint as a starting point for an eLearning course

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67% of all new users of easygenerator’s Free, Starter and Plus Plan are now people with no background in instructional design. Teachers, trainers, subject matter experts and people who are working in HR departments. Many of them were working in PowerPoint and want to move beyond that. This is the reason we now added a PowerPoint import to all editions of easygenerator.

How do I import a PowerPoint

Well, it’s easy. When you are on the course page in easygenerator, just click the ‘New Course’ button. You now have an option to start a course from scratch or to import a PowerPoint.

New course dialog

If you want to create a course out of a PowerPoint choose ‘PowerPoint import’. You can then select a PowerPoint from your local machine and upload it. The PowerPoint will be automatically converted into a course and each slide will be a page. Each slide will automatically contain all the text and the images from your presentation. It doesn’t import graphs and other PowerPoint specific elements, but we will add that feature later.

How do I create a course from a PowerPoint?

An e-Learning course is very different than a presentation. So it’s just a quick starting point. Step one of course is to add your learning objectives, after that you need to add questions and rearrange your content. We recently created a course on how to design an eLearning course, it contains all the steps and instructions to get your eLearning to the next level and make your eLearning course more effective. Click here to start that course.

Help us to improve the PowerPoint import!

We really value your opinion so please let us know what you thought of the PowerPoint import! You can also help us by indicating which feature is most important to you or tell us what you think is still missing. We will use this information to set the priorities for our product development.

 

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Easygenerator’s Simple Course Template Customizable to any Language

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There are more than 6000 easygenerator users in 144 countries.  As a result, we’ve had frequent requests in the last few months to enable the translation of the default text in easygenerator.

I’m pleased to announce this functionality is now developed.

Now, in the Simple Course template, you can translate all default text elements from English to any language. This is how it works:

  1. Open the course in easygenerator.
  2. Go to the design tab
  3. Choose the template “Simple course’. (For now, the Simple Course template is the only one enabled with the translation option, the other templates will follow.)
  4. Scroll down and on the right side of the design tab you will find a table (interface language):
  5. Click on a pencil in the column value and you can change the text.
  6. Go to the top of the page and press the ‘apply’ button.

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A short example

The default language is English. If, for example, I want to change it to Dutch, I just type in the Dutch translation. The second entry is ‘Start Course’. It will be shown in the introduction page of the course.

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I type in the Dutch translation (Start cursus), press the apply button and run the course. The button is translated to Dutch. This means you can now translate the course template to any language..

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Help us with translation and earn a free one-month subscription! 

We are looking for easygenerator users who want to help us create default translations. If you translate the Simple template to your language, we will give you a free subscription to the Plus Edition. Since we only need each language once, we will award this to the first person who responds for each language. We already have English, Dutch, Ukrainian and Chinese (mandarin). All other languages are welcome!

The next step is to make this feature available for the other templates. Then, we will add several default languages from which you’ll be able to choose the language you want, and you won’t need to complete the translation.


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Looking back on Devlearn 2014

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I attended the DevLearn conference last week. As usual it was a very interesting conference with great keynotes and sessions. I had the privilege of presenting two sessions.   A concurrent session on: Trends leading to the end of the LMS, and I hosted a morning buzz discussion on WYSIWYG versus WYSIWYM.  A white paper based on the trend session is available to download.

I attended a lot of sessions and wrote quite a few posts. In this post I will give an overview of all the posts I wrote so you can decide which one you may want to read in its entirety.  Click on the title of any post to see the complete posting.

Morning buzz session on knowledge management

This session was an interesting discussion about knowledge management. A key outcome identified that an organization can’t manage knowledge but can facilitate it. To manage and facilitate knowledge successfully, an organization needs to use taxonomies (meta data) curation, and one central tool.

Keynote: Niel de Grasse Tyson: Science literacy and the future of work
The opening Keynote: Devlearn’s theme is exploring the new learning universe. Neill deGrasse Tyson is a scientist and he gave a great keynote. His message is quite simple: we need people who can solve problems and innovate. Our educational system (he was speaking mostly about the USA) is not focused on this at all. It is not about gaining knowledge but about learning how to think and solve problems. I created a small mind map with some of his quotes.

Session: Learning and performance ecosystems

This was a presentation given by Marc Rosenberg and Steve Foreman on ecosystems. It gave a good overview of the components and it served as a prelude to a Guild whitepaper due in November.

Session: Trends leading to the end of the LMS
This was my own session which was well attended and I enjoyed giving. I discussed eLearning trends I see that will rock our world. The disappearance of the LMS will not be the only consequence. It will include the way we create content, the content itself, the way we deliver it, the way we organize it — all this will change rapidly and fundamentally. This presentation is in the conference app for download, but it contains mostly images and a video. Easygenerator created a whitepaper with much more detailed information that you can download at https://www.easygenerator.com/13-trends-leading-end-lms/

Keynote: Beau Lotto. How perception shapes the universe of the mind

DevLearn Day Two opening keynote.  Beau Lotto is a neuroscientist. He explained how the brain works and how assumptions will determine what we see or hear. Conclusion: Based on how the brain works the only way to really learn is through play!

Session: Craig Weiss: top 10 authoring tools of 2014
This was Craig’s overview of the authoring landscape, trends and his top10 picks. Unfortunately Easygenerator did not make his top 10 this year, but you can check us out yourself. Despite not being on the top 10, it was still a great and informative session. He does know the landscape well.

Session, Lisa Minogue: What organizations can learn from the MOOC experience
The speaker presented lessons learned from MOOCs that can be applied to corporate learning. One of the most interesting ideas is to reuse MOOCS content and wrap your corporate context around them.

Session: The impact of wearable technology on performance support
This session covered two hot topics: Wearable devices and performance support. David gave lots of examples with the warning that this is happening today, and to make sure you’re aware of it. It will come fast and will change our world, so start preparing. David has a page with all the details and more.

Morning buzz: WYSIWYG is dead
This was the session I hosted WYSIWYG versus WYSIWYM. In a WYSIWYG environment, as an author you work in an application that will show you the content in exactly the same way as the learner will see it. Instructional designers like this because it gives you control. You can determine exactly where something will be. But with the rise of mobile devices the responsive publications came. Now, publication software determines, based on the device and screen size, where to place content on the screen, so it will fit that screen. The question is what will we need in the future.

 Session. Transform users into contributors

This was a great presentation about filling the gap between the real world and our instructional design world. It talked about enabling users to create content instead of doing it all yourself. It was a thought provoking and inspiring session.

DevLearn evaluation

This is my ‘wrap up’ post. My conclusion is not positive. I see a growing gap between the audience (instructional designers and managers) and the presenters, and an even greater gap between the audience and the real business world.


Easygenerator

How we keep 5000+ easygenerator users happy.

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Why every Easygenerator release is completely based on user feedback and data.

Easygenerator launched its cloud-based plans 10 months ago. While moving to the web was a milestone, we also changed how we develop the tool. We used to develop our roadmap based on industry trends and our intuitive, gut sense.  But since we launched the web plans, we have put users behind the easygenerator steering wheel. This user-centric development approach has increased user engagement.

Let’s break down how we continually improve easygenerator every day using several different tools and apps.  Read more »