Turn your presentations into online video training.

Online learning has gone mainstream. From YouTube to Udemy, and Lynda to TED Talks. But one surprising aspect of this frenzy of online learning activity is the simple fact that almost all of it is video based and none of it uses SCORM, TinCan, or xAPI? 

What is SCORM, TinCan or xAPI?

Some course developers mistakenly believe that TinCan (xAPI) automatically works better on mobile devices. However, that isn’t true. TinCan-compliant courses are designed and developed in the same way as SCORM content. Choosing between SCORM and TinCan isn’t about how your courses look but how they communicate with an LMS platform.

SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model) was developed by the US government 20 years ago as a way to standardize the way their e-learning courses were built so that they could share courses across multiple agencies with different platforms. Hence the shareable content object in the name. In practice, most organizations only use one central learning management platform.

Turn Your Presentations into Video

Are you struggling with authoring tools like Articulate and Adobe Captivate?

Use PowerPoint—a tool you already know—to create presentation‑based courses for any device, faster than ever. You don't need to use third party tools to create e-learning courses.

To us, the question isn’t TinCan and SCORM, it’s about the learning experience and whether or not your training is learner-focused. Video is the best way to deliver learning and its the way people want to learn.

We believe we’ve simplified the entire process by including easy-to-use lesson creation tools for video, quiz, document, and homework tracking. All within the same platform you already use to assign and track learning.

Save as a Video File in Powerpoint

After you've created your slides and recorded any timing and narrations that you want to include, you're ready to create a video file.

  1. Click File > Export > Create a Video. (Or, in PowerPoint 2016 only: On the Recording tab of the ribbon, click Export to Video.)

    In the first drop-down box under the Create a Video heading, select the video quality you want, which pertains to the resolution of the finished video. (We recommend Presentation Quality since our video player will auto detect the best quality for each display or internet connection.)

    The second drop-down box under the Create a Video heading tells whether your presentation includes narration and timings. (You may switch this setting if you like.)

    If you haven't recorded timed narration, by default the value is Don't Use Recorded Timings and Narrations. The default time spent on each slide is 5 seconds. You can change that timing in the Seconds to spend on each slide box. To the right of the box, click the up arrow to increase the duration, or click the down arrow to decrease the duration. If you have recorded a timed narration, by default the value is Use Recorded Timings and Narrations.
  2. Click Create Video.
  3. In the Save as type box, choose MPEG-4 Video (.mp4).

    You can track the progress of the video creation by looking at the status bar at the bottom of your screen. The video creation process depends on the length of the video and the complexity of the presentation.
  4. Create Video/Quiz:

Save as a Video in Keynote

Open the presentation, then choose File > Export To > [file format] (from the File menu at the top of your screen).

QuickTime: If your presentation includes a recorded narration, click the Playback pop-up menu, then choose Slideshow Recording. All other presentations are set to be self-playing and advance through the slides or builds based on the time intervals you enter. Builds and transitions that are already set to advance following another build or transition aren’t affected by these time intervals.

So, do you need to transfer your content into SCORM or TinCan?

No, SCORM and TinCan are used by content providers that want to share or sell content on multiple LMS platforms. And in order to create this content, you will have to buy and install proprietary software. Products like Articulate and Adobe Captivate will cost you $1,000 per person and limit the number of people who can create learning content.

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