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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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