Microsoft PowerPoint is a great software for storyboarding an eLearning module, particularly because of the richness of tools and resources it can offer an eLearning course creator. However, PowerPoint alone isn’t enough to create an eLearning course due to a number of reasons, which are as follows:
- Presentation or .ppt files are not suited for distribution.
- Converting a .ppt to a video results in the loss of interactivities.
- Presentation are not adapted to smartphones, tablets or iPads.
Finally, and most importantly, PowerPoint is not an authoring tool. It is a graphical presentation tool. While great for storyboarding an eLearning course, it is just not cut out for full-fledged authoring. But that doesn’t mean it is any less useful.
There are a number of eLearning professionals and instructional designers that create courses on PowerPoint, and then convert them into eLearning modules using various ways. In this article, we’ll discuss those ways.
- Distribution via a Learning Management System (LMS)
In order to make the course available to learners, you’ve got to publish it somewhere. For corporate organizations, a LMS platform is the preferred mode of delivery. An LMS allows the organization to add custom features to their eLearning courses like granting certificates, scoring, learner progress, printing additional materials, scheduling the course in calendars, creating user profiles, taking payment, communicating with students via forums, social media, chatbots, etc.
- Conversion to SCORM or xAPI
As mentioned before, .ppt is not a suitable format for distribution. There are LMS compatible formats like SCORM, AICC and xAPI or Tin Can API, which allow eLearning professionals or organizations to publish their presentations with animations. Such a format also provides numerous advantages such as the ability to upload to most of the LMS systems, or embedding to your website, the ability to save all interactivities added to the presentation, the ability to add quizzes, surveys, tests, the ability to regulate the time it takes users to pass the module, as well as forced learning (learners cannot switch to the next step without passing over the previous one). This conversion requires an eLearning authoring tool.
- Saving as HTML, Flash or both using an eLearning authoring tool
An authoring tool is a necessity if you want an efficient, well-functioning eLearning module or course. There are various eLearning authoring tools that allow users to convert a PPT into an eLearning module, like Adobe Captivate, StoryLine 360 and iSpring Suite (to name a few). PowerPoint presentations cannot be run on all devices and browsers as mentioned before, but once converted, they can be. The HTML5 format is supported most mobile platforms, and as an added bonus, all text in a HTML5 presentation will be indexed by search engines, which is great for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
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