Everyday we are asked questions relating to the supported media in LearnDash as people look to make robust online training content.
And often we are asked about ways to use PowerPoint for elearning course content.
Now, there are many ways you can integrate PowerPoint into any elearning program.
It can be a simple PDF that someone interacts with, or you could use a program like Articulate Presenter to transform that presentation into an interactive, online asset.
But what if you just need something “in between”? You don’t have the resources to invest in a program like Articulate, but you want more from your presentation than a rather static PDF.
Well, one possible option is to record yourself giving the presentation. Using a free tool like Screencast-o-Matic allows you to record your screen and then instantly save the video locally or upload to a platform like YouTube.
But this isn’t always ideal either.
Easy PowerPoint to Video Option
I must admit that despite keeping pretty close tabs on all that is happening in the elearning industry, this particular tool wasn’t on my radar.
I actually stumbled upon it as I was doing some research on content authoring tools. Specifically, I was on the iSpring site when I came across one of their offerings called SlideAlloy.
Strange name, but the functionality is pretty neat.
This product is an add-on for PowerPoint. As you can see in the image above, it adds an extra tab to your options.
Without getting into the various technical components, the functionality is pretty straight-forward: SlideAlloy will publish your presentation (saving all animations and/or sounds) and put it onto YouTube as a video, which in turn you can use as an asset in your online training programs.
One license is priced at $97 so it’s not going to break the bank by any means.
The potential time this could save might be worth the price alone. For more information on SlideAllow, head on over to the iSpring site where you can watch a demonstration video.