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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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New release of easygenerator

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New release of easygenerator

As promised we will  roll-out a new release every two months with new and improved functionality. . We just released the latest edition of easygenerator with new features that help you create courses fast and easy:

Content item

This is what other software calls a slide. For easygenerator  the term  is  too limiting, since you can embed rich media like YouTube  very easily. Adding a slide (or content page)  is  our most requested feature because up until now you could only create content directly attached to a question. Now, with a content page you can add context to a question.

Single choice image

The single choice image question  gives  the option to present a number of images so  the user has to pick the correct one. This question type is available from Starter Plan and up.

Single Choice Image in Easygenerator

Text matching

The text matching question type gives you the opportunity to present the learner with two lists of words or phrases. The learner has to match the correct items by dragging an item from the right side to the correct one on the left side. This question type is also available from Starter Plan and up.

Text Matching Question Type in Easygenerator

Dropdown list in the Fill in the blanks questions

We’ve improved the already existing  “Fill in the Blanks” questions. Since  users came very  close to identifying the right answer but didn’t use the correct word, we now provide  the learner more direction for the right answer with a drop down word list.

Fill In The Blanks Question Type in Easygenerator

General enhancements

In this roll-out:

  • We made it easier to create a new course. Just click + New course on the Courses page and a new course will be created using the Simple Course template. If you want to use another template you can switch to  another template on the Design Tab.
  • The large background images added to the “Drag and Drop text” question designer are now scaled after uploading it to fit the Drag and Drop Designer area. This solves the problem  that only a part of the image was shown.
  • We made it easier to share a course with  learners. We added a Share now button that is always visible, on the top of the screen next to the Preview course button. When you click it, your course is  published on the easygenerator course server. A private URL link is generated that you can share with  learners,giving them access to your course.

Upgrade Easygenerator

Thank you for  the feedback, ideas, wishes and bug reports you’ve submitted. Your feedback really helps us  improve our solution, including functionality and look and feel, so your courses look great.  The  web edition has been  live for  only  9 months and it already has 5.000 users in more than 100 countries! Keep sending your feedback! We really value it.  Use the feedback button in the application or email us at support@easygenerator.com, Thank you and have fun authoring.


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Improved adaptive courses with easygenerator’s Plus edition

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Easygenerator and its partner, Inbrain, together have collaborated to create a completely new adaptive master page (template) for the Windows based Plus Edition of easygenerator. The adaptive template integrates easygenerator’s unique approach to aligning course learning objectives, questions and content pages. It will provide the learner with an at-a-glance view of the course, including location in the course and what additional pages and activities the learner must complete to reach their identified goal. Read more »


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Getting ready for LSCON

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Next week is the Learning Solution Conference in Orlando. I will go there for the fourth year in a row. It is probably my most favorite conference (at my least favorite place).

LSCON

This year it will be extra fun, easygenerator does’t have a booth there (we moved all our marketing online), so I will be able to attend a lot of sessions and blog on them. As part of my preparation I always go through the conference app, and I check out all the sessions and add all possibly interesting sessions to my schedule, I have selected over 30 sessions in the first run! A lot of them will be at the same time slots, so I will not attend all them all. But it is interesting to see what is there, I’m always looking for trends.

As keynotes we have:

  1. Soren Kaplan – Redefining innovation
  2. Douglas Merrill - Redefining Data
  3. Cathy Davidson - Redefining the Mind

Innovation, big data and our mind. Interesting topics and the LSCON has a great record of booking keynote speakers from outside the world of learning that give you new insights. I’m looking forward to all three. Redefining is also interesting. It looks like eLearning has come at a turning point. A lot of things are going on: mobile, TinCan, workplace learning, informal learning, agile development and more. And not at least the initiative about serious eLearning from a number of our thought leaders urging us to do a better job (and they are right, check it out).

If I categorize the sessions I have selected I come to this list:

Topic

# sessions

Agile development

5

Future of learning (including elearning manifesto)

5

Learner in Control

1

Tools development

5

TinCan

5

Connect to the real world (workplace)

6

Big data

1

Innovation

3

Interesting. Last year there were hardly any session on TinCan and Agile. Now I have 5 on topics. The topic with the most sessions is about connecting learning to the workplace (or the real world) also an interesting development. I will check them out for you and will report each day from the conference (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) and will finish with a recap of the conference. I will post these reports both on easygenerator and on kasperspiro.com.

And a tip I have to give to you all, if you want to follow the conference, check the conference back channel moderated by David Kelly, who is also is the organizer of the conference. There are already interesting posts there! It is the best way to follow LSCON from a distance!

Kasper Spiro


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Easygenerator is looking for an Online Marketer

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Easygenerator is a fast growing software company delivering an eLearning authoring tool from the cloud. As an internet company our marketing and sales activities are mostly online. We are looking for an online marketer who will define and lead our online marketing and PR activities and further build the easy generator community (active users).

Desired Skills and Experience of the online marketeer

  • You are experienced in (online) marketing, PR and demand generation activities
  • You breathe social media and online advertising
  • You thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth software environment
  • You love engaging with key stakeholders such as analysts, journalists and thought leaders
  • You have experience with and interest in e-Learning
  • You have experience in building communities driving active usage and contribution
  • English is your native language
  • You are (preferably) based in the Netherlands, but if you are in an other country fee free to apply.

Our offer

  • We’ll give you a competitive salary
  • You can work from our Rotterdam or Utrecht office, or work from home

Interested?

Mail to k.spiro@easygenerator.com (CEO easygenerator)