Creating Learning Objects with PowerPoint

Creating basic learning objects in PowerPoint can be done fairly easily by adding hyperlinks from one slide to another. In this article you will see how to create the learning object in PowerPoint, publish it with iSpring free, and add it to the digital learning environment. For further assistance with learning objects, please contact one of the instructional designers from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Video Tutorial

This video tutorial uses PowerPoint for the Windows Operating System; however, the same features are available in PowerPoint for Mac. The placement of the features may be slightly different in that operating system than what you see in this video.

Written Instructions

Adding Hyperlinks to PowerPoint elements

To add a hyperlink to a PowerPoint image

1.     click on the image.

2.     From the insert tab, click on Hyperlink.

3.     Click on Place in this document.

4.     Click on the slide you want to link to.

5.     Click okay.

 

To add a hyperlink to PowerPoint text 

1.     click on the Text box. Make sure you don’t see a blinking cursor. If you do, that means you have the text selected rather than the text box itself.

2.     From the insert tab, click on Hyperlink.

3.     Click on Place in this document.

4.     Click on the slide you want to link to.

5.     Click okay.

Creating and Stylizing Buttons in PowerPoint 

To create an action button with a hyperlink in PowerPoint

1.     From the insert tab, click on Shapes. At the bottom, you will notice a series of action buttons. Click on the action button you want and draw it on the screen where you want it.

2.     Select the Hyperlink option.

3.     Click on Slide…

4.     Click on the slide you want to link to.

5.     Click okay.

You can also stylize an action button so that it matches your PowerPoint theme 

To add text to the action button

1.     Click on the action button.

2.     Type your text.

 

To change the color of an action button.

1.     Click on the action button.

2.     Click on the Shape Fill dropdown arrow and select No fill or a color of your choice.

3.     Click on Shape Outline dropdown arrow and select No fill or a color of your choice.

 

Now you can copy this action button to other slides that you want to add it to. This will put the action button in a consistent location through your project.

 

To copy and paste the action button

1.     Click on the action button.

2.     Right click on the action button to show the menu.

3.     Click copy.

4.     Click on the slide you want to add the action button to.

5.     Right click on that slide to show the menu.

6.     Under paste option, click on the first icon (paste using destination theme).

 

To prevent the slides from moving from sequentially through the slideshow

1.     From the Transitions tab, deselect On Mouse Click

2.     Click Apply to All.

Publishing the Learning Object

To publish your learning object you will need to download and install iSpring Free. The software can be downloaded from https://www.ispringsolutions.com/ispring-free/download.html. Note: this requires the Windows Operating System. If you do not have access to a Windows computer, feel free to stop down to the Idea lab and use one in there.

 

To publish the learning object (this process produces a .zip file)

1.     From the iSpring Free 8 tab, click on Publish

2.     Give the presentation a title.

3.     Slide range should be All Slides.

4.     Output Options should be HTML5 and Generate SCORM 1.2 compliant course should be checked.

5.     Click Publish.

Adding the Learning Object to the digital learning environment

To upload the .ZIP to the digital learning environment (D2L)

1.     Access your course in D2L.

2.     Click on Edit Course.

3.     Click on Manage Files.

4.     Click on New Folder.

5.     Name the folder based on your learning object.

6.     Click on the folder name.

7.     Click Upload.

8.     Drag and drop the zip file into the upload field.

9.     Click save.

10.  Click on the dropdown arrow next to the zip file name and select unzip (you should see the arrow when you hover over the zip file name)

 

To add the learning object to Content

1.     Click on Content.

2.     Create a module by typing in a name in the Add a module field and press the enter key on your keyboard. (if you already have one to use you can skip this step.

3.     In the module, click New à Add from Manage Files.

4.     Click on the folder that contains your learning object.

5.     Click on the res folder to access the html file.

6.     Put a checkmark in front of the index.html file.

7.     Click Add.

8.     Click Save (you can ignore the popup message because you will not need to change the path)


To rename the index file in the Content area

1.     Click on the dropdown arrow next to Index.

2.     Select Edit Properties In-place.

3.     Click on the word Index.

4.     Type a new name for the learning object and press the enter key on your keyboard.

Note: you will need to click on something else on the page to get out of edit mode for that item. You could click on the module name under Table of Contents and that will get you out of edit mode.




Keywords:D2L, Learning Objects, PowerPoint   Doc ID:72944
Owner:Jennifer H.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2017-04-27 09:40 CDTUpdated:2017-04-27 15:12 CDT
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