That eLearning has become more and more popular is a predicted outcome because of the development of Industry 4.0 and the effect of the COVID 19 pandemic. We all have witnessed changes in the way of teaching, training, and learning, not only in the education sector but also in the technology, science, and business sector. But how do you actually go about making these courses? In this blog, you will find how easy it is to create eLearning courses and track learners’ results with ActivePresenter.
ActivePresenter is an all-in-one screen recorder, video editor, and eLearning authoring software that mainly focuses on creating eLearning courses. With it in hand, you can easily create your own courses in several ways.
Create eLearning Courses
When creating a course from scratch, you will need to follow the steps below:
Step 1: Prepare
Everything needs preparation work, so does making a course. By taking the time to do some preparation work, you are able to control every single detail of your course. First, determine the target audience of your project. By narrowing down your audience, putting yourself in their shoes, you will know their positions (for example, HRs or salespeople), characteristics and understand what they desire to learn. Based on this, you then can define the purpose and type of eLearning course you are going to create.
Step 2: Design a Course
Slide-based projects are what you can see from the first time opening a new project in ActivePresenter. After doing some preparation work in step 1, you now need to put all the content together to build a course. For example, adding text, images, videos into the slides. With the intuitive User Interface, you can easily navigate between tabs and panes inside the app. For instance, the Insert tab is where you can find everything you need to add to the course while the Questions tab includes 11 built-in types of questions.
Step 3: Record Screen
Screen recording is by no means new in creating eLearning courses. As screen recording can capture every motion on your screen, it’s a perfect way to create video tutorials, instructional videos, and videos involving software or digital products. ActivePresenter offers 2 screen recording modes, which are Record Video Demonstration and Record Software Simulation. If you select Record Video, you will get a video after recording. Meanwhile, the Record Software Simulation feature allows you to capture all actions on the screen and then convert them into a slide-based project including Image slides (Mouse Click, Key Stroke), and Video slides (mouse scroll, drag-n-drop). You can choose the one that suits your needs.
With each recording mode, you can also record audio from your microphone, system audio, and video webcam simultaneously or separately. If you don’t want to record narration while recording the screen, just turn the microphone off. With ActivePresenter, you are able to record narration in the editing phase, which will be mentioned in the next section.
Step 4: Record Narration or Convert Text to Speech
Giving your course a voice makes it more personal and engaging. Basically, to add a voice to an eLearning course, the instructor who creates the course will record the narration himself. In ActivePresenter, you can choose to record narration right in the editing phase or import a recorded audio file into the app for further editing. Don’t worry about the noise while recording narration since the software offers the Audio Noise Reduction feature to deal with it. Another option is converting text to speech. ActivePresenter generates text from Closed Caption or any objects containing text to speech within seconds. This feature is really helpful for those having trouble with their voices, such as heavy local accents or speech impairment. They can simply convert text to speech using this feature and use more voices supported by third parties including Amazon Polly, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure to ease the problem.
Step 5: Make an eLearning Course Interactive
Step 6: Preview the eLearning Course
During the process of course building, rather than previewing your content on the Canvas, ActivePresenter allows you to preview it as an HTML5 output. You can view and test all the interactive actions of the course by clicking the drop-down arrow on the Preview button, and then choose one of the 4 previewing modes depending on your purposes. By doing this, you can have a comprehensive view of your course structure and check if any part of it is correct or not.
Publish/Export eLearning Courses
After finishing constructing your course, you now may need to publish it to a Learning Management System (LMS) or export it to HTML5 and share it with others. ActivePresenter allows you to publish or export your course in 4 ways: Export to HTML5, Export to SCORM, Export to xAPI, and Publish to LMS.
Below is detailed information about each of them.
Export to HTML5
Exporting your content to HTML5 is an easy way to share your content with others. You can embed the HTML5 output into a webpage. Alternatively, you can compress the folder to a zip file then share it with others so that they can unzip it and open the .html file to view the content. Note that if you want to track the learner’s results, consider exporting your course to SCORM/xAPI package and uploading it to an LMS. In case you don’t use an LMS, you can send report data (course result) to an HTTP address.
Export to SCORM/xAPI Package
If you are creating an eLearning course to host in your SCORM or xAPI compliant LMS, use the SCORM or Experience API options. Thanks to these options, your course will be exported to SCORM or xAPI package, then you just need to upload these packages to your LMS. The steps for this are different for each LMS. Contact your LMS administrator if you need help uploading, launching, or tracking content.
Publish to LMS
This way, your course will be uploaded directly to ActivePresenter Online, a free LMS developed by Atomi Systems Inc. This LMS provides you with 200MB of personal storage space and a maximum of 100MB for each course uploaded. Generally, there are 3 main steps for uploading your course to this site: registering an account, logging in your account, and publishing the course.
Register an Account on ActivePresenter Online
An ActivePresenter Online account gives you access to courses that you upload or enroll in. To sign up for an account, do the following steps:
- Access the website: https://activepresenter.online/
- Click the Login/Register button at the top right corner of the site.
A dialog pops up asking you to enter your user name and password to log in your account. Click the Sign up button to start the registration.
- Click or tap the link in the email you got to finish registration.
Log in Your Account
After successfully registering your account, you will easily log in to your account by clicking the Log in button. Alternatively, you can also use your Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account to log in.
Publish Course from ActivePresenter Software to ActivePresenter Online
To publish your course from ActivePresenter to the ActivePresenter Online website, open the Export tab > click Publish LMS.
Then, a dialog pops up for you to log in to your ActivePresenter Online account. When publishing your course to LMS, if you choose “Make this course accessible to everyone”, it will be publicly uploaded. This means everyone can access the course without logging in. Otherwise, unchecking this option makes this course private. You need to invite your students or they need to enroll in the course themselves to access it. For more information, please refer to this tutorial: Publish your course to LMS with ActivePresenter Online.
Upload your Course in ActivePresenter Online
After logging in your account, you can also upload your course directly from the ActivePresenter Online website as follows:
- In the Courses section, click Create A New Course.
- Enter the necessary information of the course, upload the SCORM/ xAPI package into the file section.
- Click Save and display at the end of the website to finish.
4. Click the Turn editing on button, in the General section, click Add an activity or resource. Then, the following dialog will appear for you to choose any resources or activities to add. For example, I upload a SCORM package by clicking on the SCORM package icon.
After giving the SCORM package a name, you can either click the Add button or drag and drop the .zip file into the box to upload it.
Finally, click Save and display to finish.
Enroll Learners in the Course
You have created an eLearning course and uploaded it to ActivePresenter Online. Let’s learn how to enroll learners in a course in this part. There are several methods of enrolling learners into courses once they have logged in to ActivePresenter Online.
The first way of enrolling learners into courses is Manual enrolment. Open the course that you want to enroll learners in > click the Gear icon at the top right corner of the screen > select Participants.
Click the Enrol users button, then a dialog will show up. Here you type learners’ names into the Select users section, then click Enrol users to finish.
After enrolling learners in your course, you can send messages/emails or the course link to notify them. ActivePresenter Online gives you the ability to send an email message to all the learners who are enrolled in your course. You can use the Participants list to send a message as follows:
- Open your course > Settings (gear icon) > Participants.
- Select the checkbox next to one or more learners > choose from the drop-down menu “Send a message”.
- Compose your message and click the “Send message to x people” button.
This process sends a message to each learner. They receive it by default in one of the following ways:
- If they are Online, it pops up as a message and goes into their Messages folder.
- If they are Offline, then it goes into their Messages folder and is sent as an email.
- There is No subject or context on the message. So, you should include the name of the course in the message to give it a context.
Guest Access and Self Enrolment
Besides the Manual enrolment method above, there are 2 other ways to enroll learners, which are Guest access and Self enrolment. To show these methods, click the Page Settings button at the bottom left corner of the screen > Enrolment methods.
You then can select Guest access or Self enrolment.
- Guest access: Click on the eye icon to enable this mode, guests may be allowed to view the course contents, but not participate in them.
- Self enrolment: Click on the eye icon to enable this mode, then learners can sign up for courses themselves.
Track Learners’ Results
You can track learners’ results by opening the course, then click the Report tab.
There are several types of reports as follows:
- Basic report: Allows you to see general information such as name, emails, attempt, start date, last access, and score. For more details, you can click on the number in the Attempt section, then choose Track details.
- Graph report: This is the type of report where the data will be displayed as a graph.
- Interactions report: The information in this report is the same as that in the Basic report. Besides, there are two more columns on the right side of the report indicating the course status and response of learners.
- Objectives report: Includes the same information as in the Interactions report, excepting for the Response column.
Now that you have learned the basic steps on how to create eLearning courses and track learners’ results with ActivePresenter. I hope that these instructions will help you build your courses better and more effectively.