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Using QR codes in eLearning

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in Featured Articles | 0 comments

Have you ever seen these blocky little icons hanging out in the corner of an ad or on a product box? That’s a useful little tool called a QR code.

A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) designed to be read by smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, a URL, or other data.

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Adobe Captivate for Mac Preview

Posted by on Nov 10, 2009 in Software | 0 comments

So I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peak at Adobe Captivate for the Mac at the Adobe Learning Summit today.  Currently, Adobe Captivate is only available on the PC, whereas all of my fun visual programs reside on my nice shiny Mac.  Here are my first impressions. 

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Adobe Captivate 4 Patch

Posted by on Jun 19, 2009 in Software | 0 comments

Today Adobe announced the release of a patch for Adobe Captivate 4 to correct reported sound quality issues. This upgrade is not automatic so users will need to go to “Help > Updates” to download the latest and greatest.  Some other things addressed within the download include USB microphone support for Vista, correction to an issue opening projects, some memory leaks, image quality upon resize and undefined variables in the widget template. Click here to get the latest patch or read more information on the release on the Adobe Captivate blog here.

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Build Your Own Microphone Pop Screen

Posted by on Jun 19, 2009 in Tutorials | 0 comments


One of the bigger hassles in editing voice audio tracks is cleaning up loud pops in the recording where plosive ‘p’ and ‘b’ sounds cause a burst of volume. These are easily avoided by placing a screen between the person speaking or singing and the microphone. By creating a fixed distance between the vocalist and the microphone you get the added bonus of reducing sibilant sounds made through speaking words with ‘s’ and ‘ch’. Buying a pop screen from a music supply store will set you back $20-30, depending on the quality of the screen and the stand on which it’s mounted. It’s easy to build your own screen with some nylons and an embroidery hoop available at most craft stores for a couple of dollars.

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Twitter & eLearning

Posted by on Jun 16, 2009 in Software | 0 comments


Twittering isn’t just for catching up on your friends from high school anymore. The realm of social networking is growing and there’s a wealth of information out there if you just take a little time each day to tap this incredible resource. So how do you access all that cutting edge distance learning information utilizing Twitter? Let’s take a look…

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Adobe announces beta for Captivate for the Mac

Posted by on Jun 9, 2009 in Software | 0 comments

It’s official. Adobe has announced the first of the software builds for Captivate for the Mac. This is a momentous occasion! If you own a Mac and can put some time into testing the first ever build of Adobe Captivate for the Mac OS then complete the Adobe Prerelease form.

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Articulate & the Flash 10 Patch

Posted by on Dec 6, 2008 in Software | 1 comment

Recently my department was gearing up for a large release of online material.  We were just about to finish up the final stages of development, when I ran upon an article regarding Flash 10 and Articulate.  If you are utilizing any version of Articulate prior to the new ’09 version, your presentations will not be viewable by users who have Flash 10 installed.

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