Corporate instructors all around the world use PowerPoint for training their learners in the classroom. This application from Microsoft is simple to use and goes a long way in presenting learning content effectively in the classroom. No wonder, many companies have stacks of trainer-led presentations in the PPT format.
With the advent of the web-based learning era, many companies started to convert their instructor-led training (ILT) materials in PowerPoint into self-paced, technology-enabled learning resources. One of the key aspects in the successful transformation of PPT “learning decks” is the choice of the right authoring tool.
There are hundreds of e-learning development software in the market that can be used to convert classroom PowerPoint presentations into e-learning courses. Among these applications, iSpring Suite is inarguably the most powerful. Today, we will look at the features of the latest version of this rapid authoring tool, iSpring Suite 8.7 and see how they help convert PPT files into learner-friendly, interactive online courses.
1. Ease of usage
iSpring Suite is a PowerPoint add-in. This means anyone who is familiar with PowerPoint can use the tool easily, with little training. The low learning curve of this rapid authoring tool makes it the ideal choice when the time window for converting PPT files into e-learning courses is small. Furthermore, the e-learning development software supports 180+ animations of PowerPoint and all slide transitions that can be created using the Microsoft tool.
2. A large in-built library of visual assets
One of the major problems faced by e-learning developers is the availability of appropriate images. iSpring Suite 8.7 helps overcome this problem. The rapid authoring tool comes with an in-built library of 30,000+ stock photos of characters, 600 ready-to-use icons, and 230 images of backgrounds. The tool also comes with 200 ready-to-use online course slide templates that simplify the development of e-learning courses. The e-learning development software application also comes with 135 photos of stationery and devices and 43 buttons, checkboxes, and indicators. You can also avail a paid subscription, to use a larger library of visual assets.
3. Development of video-based lectures is simplified
Videos are an immensely popular online media, and an increasing number of companies are adopting video-based learning methodologies to train their workforce. You can use iSpring Suite 8.7 to develop video-based lessons of high quality. The PowerPoint-based rapid authoring tool allows you to “sync” videos with PPT files to develop good video lectures.
4. Creation of effective interactive assessments is possible
Well-developed assessments are a hallmark of an effective online course. iSpring Suite enables you to create interactive quizzes and surveys that help evaluate learners’ comprehension of the subject matter in a comprehensive manner. You have the option to incorporate 11 types of graded questions in your e-learning assessments. You can also use 12 types of survey questions in your web-based learning materials.
The online course development software allows you to fully customize the design of an assessment question; you can choose a layout, select the desired color, add animations to the question, and determine how videos and images added to a question are displayed. Furthermore, you can use customized colors and include formulas, images, and audio in your feedback. For instance, one of our clients in the banking sector includes the sound of applause when learners answer a question correctly. This goes a long way in enhancing learner motivation levels.
5. Screencasts of high quality can be developed
We all know that well-recorded screencasts help impart effective software training to learners. You can use iSpring Suite 8.7 to create screencasts of your software applications. The tool has a built-in application called iSpring Cam that enables you to create screencasts.
iSpring Cam can be used to record and incorporate audio, highlight cursor movements, and include sound effects of mouse clicks. The application also allows you to use hotkeys to make the screen recording process less cumbersome. iSpring Suite 8.7 also comes with a powerful editor that helps you slice pieces of a screencast and eliminate noise, to ensure high quality. Furthermore, you can publish the screencasts to the MP4 format and upload them onto YouTube.
6. The power of scenario-based learning can be unleashed
Scenario-based learning enhances the learning process as it includes less text and more of conversational-based learning. Adopting this strategy motivates learners to involve themselves in the learning as they can relate to a specific situation and identify themselves with the characters in the scenario. You can use iSpring Suite 8.7 to create good dialog-based scenarios. You can select a character from the rapid authoring tool’s library of visual assets, change the “emotional look” and develop an appropriate background to make the scenario realistic. The tool also allows you to use your own characters and backgrounds.
7. Facility to develop effective courses for the mobile
We live in the mobile age. People are increasingly using smartphones and tablets for accessing online content, and online courses are no exception. iSpring Suite 8.7 helps you develop good learning materials for the mobile device. The tool allows you to create technology-enabled learning resources in the HTML5 format, which can be accessed on all mobile devices, irrespective of their operating system.
The rapid authoring tool also comes with an in-built native app called iSpring Play that allows learners to access m-learning courses conveniently on all smartphones and tablets using iOS and Android platforms.
We thus see that iSpring Suite is the ideal tool to convert learning resources in PowerPoint into engaging online courses. Would you like to expand this list of features? You are most welcome.