This article provides background into the process of publishing an existing Microsoft PowerPoint and use it in your custom course. There are two methods to publish a PowerPoint, explained in detail below.
Publish into Multiple Slide-to-Page Conversion
The more popular method of PowerPoint publishing, the "Slide-to-Page Conversion" will convert each PowerPoint slide into its own course page. All the pages are converted and placed into a new course unit. The advantage is that each slide will be tracked for viewing and more closely follows our typical course viewing format. Most, if not all, animation will be converted and used.
Advantage: More accurate tracking of viewing progress and completion.
Disadvantage: More tedious to update with new versions of the PowerPoint.
Publish into a Single Page/Presentation Mode Conversion
In this method of publishing a PowerPoint, we take your PowerPoint presentation and convert it into one single page of a course. We call this method "presentation mode" as it displays much like you would typically present a PowerPoint normally. The page will display the PowerPoint in a Flash wrapper, with back and forward buttons to navigate each slide. Most, if not all, animation will be converted and used.
For tracking purposes, since the PowerPoint is converted into one single page, you are only able to track the viewing at the page level. Meaning if you launch the page and it will be marked viewed, regardless if the user views each slide in the page.
Advantage: Keeps PowerPoint in one page and more like PowerPoint Presentation Mode. Easier to update later with new versions.
Disadvantage: Tracking is limited to just launching and not detailed per slide.
NOTE: You can mix both types of PowerPoint conversions into a course AND/OR multiple PowerPoints can be published into a single course
Requirements and Need to Knows of PowerPoint Publishing
- i GET IT accepts Microsoft PowerPoint PPT and PPTX file formats for publishing.
- During conversion, the files are processed into Adobe Flash files. This is used to maintain the animations and formatting of your PowerPoint slides.
- Any learner would require Flash to be enabled in his web browser to view the PowerPoints in i GET IT.
- A PowerPoint typically takes between 5-15 minutes to convert, depending on the complexity and size of your PowerPoint file.
- Animations and graphics due convert with large success.
- Movies, Audio and other media embedded in a PowerPoint will not convert.
- Though rare, extremely complex and large PowerPoints may not convert. We do not guarantee your PowerPoint will be able to be converted.
Rapid-Publishing of PowerPoints is a popular and convenient tool to use in i GET IT. Keep in mind, you can always publish a presentation into a MP4 video file from PowerPoint and publish into i GET IT as another option.