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PowerPoint as an Authoring Tool: Use this great tool, but don’t tell the others!
Only few people know that PowerPoint has got standard features that can turn it into a powerful eLearning authoring tool. But, if you tell people you’re using PowerPoint to create e-modules, people’s reaction can hinder further deployment of your work significantly. PowerPoint by MicroSoft is a well-known presentation tool. Millions of users have got it as a part of MS-office. Probably most of them use less than half of PowerPoint’s features. Only few people know that PowerPoint has got standard features that can turn it into a powerful eLearning authoring tool. Thus you can create true Interactive PowerPoints.The basic element to create an Interactive PowerPoint is called a “trigger”. A trigger is a click on an object (text or image) on the slide, which will start the animation of another object. With this basic piece of functionality you can create any kind of interaction like asking questions, and navigation within a PowerPoint file. At the following short video you will see how several interactive slides were created and displayed in PowerPoint. Feel free to skip the Dutch text, just look at the slides and the user’s actions. PowerPoint has got several strong points over other eLearning authoring tools. E.g. PowerPoint has got extended features for shaping and formatting objects. Shadows, mirror-effect, fill colors, see-through-colors, layers, it can all easily be done within this one authoring tool. No need for another imaging tool. Because of this shaping ability, PowerPoint is the only authoring tool thus far, which can produce hot spots in any shape you want.