Today, it is easy to create your own presentations. When you determine that there is no ready-made content on the web to serve your needs, consider these commonly used programs as production tools. This includes Microsoft's PowerPoint, which can be turned in HTML 5 files using iSpring Converter and Apple's Keynote. Files must be saved in the condensed file formats of HTML 5 (now preferred) or Flash files for delivery online. Contact the Instructional Technology Lab for more details and ideas.
|Method||Ease of Use||Software Help|
|Narrated Powerpoint or Keynote||Easy to record and edit. Because of large file sizes, narrated PowerPoints must be run through a program to condense the filesize, e.g. iSpring (A full version of iSpring is available for use in the Instructional Technology Lab; an expedient but less powerful version is available for free at iSpring.com).||
|Audio / Podcasting||Very easy to record and to edit.|
|Video||Video is easy to film straight through but takes work to edit and fine tune.|
|Camtasia||Easy to use with some training. Requires purchase. Enables you to create narrated captures of the computer screen or a Powerpoint presentation. The editor enables you to assemble these captures along with other media sources (e.g., images, audio, video), and produce an audiovisual presentation in multiple formats.|
|Articulate Engage and Captivate||More difficult with much more capabilities for creating rich-media interactive presentations. Requires purchase and training. Can create layouts and questions within presentations (e.g. matching, sample questions)|