June 03, 2009

Powerpoint to Flash which is SCORM Compatible?

Spending the last year working on a number of different elearning projects along with the up keep of a large VLE with >2000 registered users has been complex. The most frustrating aspect of elearning is the difficulty in transferring presented material from a common presentation format used by most teachers (in my experience, PowerPoint) to a web based environment.

Searching the web as I did for "PowerPoint to flash" seemed to be the answer, with the 'flash' platform being well used.

Ispring

After using a couple of commercial products as a trial, we have come round to using the Ispring model. this allows the user to create a PowerPoint to flash file at the click of a button. without being an expert in IT, this seems to offer the perfect answer, with simple menu driven functions for zip file/ different presentation flash styles, presenters, layers and other models.Ispring

SCORM-Taking things a step further

Being interested in elearning research, what about patterns of use when you're using these sorts of things? SCORM (I believe developed by the US military) seems to be the solution. I gather Ispring now have a tool which is SOCRM friendly to allow users to analyse how students have performed suring custom designed quiz packages.

We're yet to try this version, but it seems to offer a simple solution to a difficult problem.

HTML- you will...

Its still unfortunate that without a simple grasp of HTML, you will still not be able to utilise flash from different sources, no matter how good the software is at creating it. However with the embedded codes that are standard, this isn't too much of a problem.

Problem Solved?

All our problems solved?Maybe maybe not. Anecdotally we have had reports that bits of our flash (not generated through Ispring) do not play on peoples Iphones. This is a disappointment.

We'd like to use the SCORM content with Moodle to try it out.

Overall we give Ispring a 5/5 rating. I hope to put their software to the test further having already presented it at the British Society of Rheumatology.


An example of the free hosting that comes with slideboom (handy if you're using a mega file with video and your university webspace is running low)-a site a bit like youtube for flash- can be seen below. This is the ultra basic, free trial version of Ispring. I intend to publish the more complex players on the blog shortly.


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  1. Sarena

    here is a tutorial about how to convert powerpoint to scrom compliant flash:
    http://forums.digitalmedianet.com/cgi-bin/displaywwugpost.fcgi?forum=macromedia_flash&post=090211112024.htm

    At the same time, there are also many powerpoint to flash converters that scrom compliant, such ppt2flash:
    http://snipurl.com/ppt2flash

    04 Jun 2009, 04:49

  2. Agatha Lee

    Wondershare PPT2DVD is the first and so far the top innovative program that brings the idea to convert PowerPoint presentations to DVD which is designed to give an end to the above trKey features of Wondershare PPT2DVD.
    1. Convert PowerPoint to DVD, MiniDVD, HDTV
    2. Keep original PowerPoint animations, transitions, sound tracks, movie clips and even the inner hyperlinks in the DVD movie.
    3. Customize DVD menus to create a real DVD that can be controlled using a DVD remote controller.
    4. Convert to WMV, AVI, MPEG (MPEG-1, MPEG-2) video.

    What¡¯s new in PPT2DVD 4.5
    1. Automatically check PowerPoint file for errors to insure the best results
    2. Flexible preview step to enable you to customize the video quality before burning
    3. Brand-new interface with easier step by step guide
    Click to learn more details about Wondershare PPT2DVD.
    http://www.ppt-to-dvd.com/ppt2dvd/overview.html

    04 Jun 2009, 06:59

  3. Johnny

    The trouble with lots of the free flash things is that I cant get a lot of them to work. The free trial on Isping does give you pretty much functionality. You pay a small price for a small advertising logo which is quitew unobtrusive. I’m surprised that more people aren’t interested in this sort of technology.

    22 Jun 2009, 22:34


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