Trivantis Lectora Inspire (which begins at $2,595 for a lifetime license) is a highly effective eLearning authoring tool that is very easy to use, and has a lot of features to help you build effective lessons. The platform even comes with TechSmith Camtasia 2018 (which begins at $249), which you can use to create and insert videos for your interactive lessons. These tools combined make your lessons more engaging and effective to those taking your courses.
In this article, we’ll look at five ways you can use your Trivantis Lectora Inspire (2,595.00 For a Lifetime License at Trivantis) software to strengthen your eLearning courses. Within these five buckets there is an almost limitless number of things you can do with your editing software. However, the goal of this article isn’t to teach you how to edit video, but rather, we’ll show how you can use the combination of Trivantis Lectora Inspire and TechSmith Camtasia 2018 to insert videos into your eLearning course content.
1. Record Your Screen
If your goal is to demonstrate software or to guide someone along a multistep pathway online, then screen recordings can be an excellent resource. In Trivantis Lectora Inspire, recording your screen is a very simple process. First, click the “Insert” tab. Then, click “Video” from the drop-down menu. Next, click “New Screen Recording.”
TechSmith Camtasia 2018 ($249.00 at TechSmith) will launch. You’ll then be prompted to click “Record” whenever you’re ready to begin your demonstration. Once you’re done recording, you can edit and apply all sorts of effects to your screen recording. You can add annotations, captions, video narration, and call-outs (such as the one in the image above). You can also edit cursor movements in your quizzes, either by removing them completely or by making them appear only after the course taker has completed his or her own cursor prompts.
Once you’re done editing, click “Share,” and then click “Lectora Output.” Your video will then save as an MP4 file. Click “Video” from the drop-down menu in Trivantis Lectora Inspire and select your new video.
2. Edit Existing Video
If you already have a library of videos that you would like to add to your eLearning courses, then Trivantis Lectora Inspire and TechSmith Camtasia 2018 can help you edit and add quizzes to these courses in just a few steps. First, click “Edit.” If you have a video in Trivantis Lectora Inspire, then it’s still on your hard drive as a normal file. If you choose the option to edit that video from the Trivantis Lectora Inspire user interface (UI), then it will launch whichever video editor you have set up in Trivantis Lectora Inspire. If you browse to that video file in the Trivantis Lectora Inspire title folder on your hard drive, then it will launch with whatever video editor you have specified in Windows. If your video is stored on your desktop or on an external drive, then the software will open directly to TechSmith Camtasia 2018.
Once the video loads, you’ll be able to edit and add any of Trivantis Lectora Inspire’s quiz and interaction elements to the video file (more on this in the “Add a Quiz” section below). Once you’re done editing, click “Share,” and then click “Lectora Output.” Your video will then save as an MP4 file. Click “Video” from the drop-down menu in the Trivantis Lectora Inspire tool and select your screen recording. If you made the edits directly inside of Trivantis Lectora Inspire, then simply save your video when you’re done editing.
3. Edit Video Only
If your only goal is to edit video, regardless of whether or not you’re going to insert the final file into Trivantis Lectora Inspire, then you can use TechSmith Camtasia 2018 as an independent program. To do this, open TechSmith Camtasia 2018 on your computer. Load the video file you would like to edit. Make all of the edits you’d like to make, and then repeat the export process mentioned in the first two sections of this article.
4. Add a Quiz
What good is a video course if you can’t test your learners? To add a video quiz to any videos within Trivantis Lectora Inspire, you’ll want to follow these next steps. First, open your video in TechSmith Camtasia 2018 and click the “Interactivity” tab. Next, click “Add Quiz to Timeline.” Here you’ll be able to select the exact location on the video’s timeline where the quiz or quizzes will be located. There are two ways to do this. The first way is to place your cursor on the video timeline where you’d like to add a quiz. Then, go to the right of the tool to create the question, answer, and quiz (or event name). The second way to do this is to go to Trivantis Lectora Inspire, click “Insert Video,” click “Edit,” and then click “Event.”
From here, you’ll be able to give a name to the event and select the exact time code where you’d like the event placed. Click “OK.” Repeat as many as times as necessary. Then go back to the dashboard. Click “Synch Events.” From the window, use the Action drop-down menu to select “Show” and then select the quiz question from the target. Repeat this process as many times as necessary until all of the questions have been added. (This process assumes you already have a quiz question on the page which is set to initially be hidden).
5. Add SCORM Compatibility to Your Work
Did you know that there is a set of technical standards for eLearning platforms? In basic terms, the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) lets a video or quiz be shared among different types of software. Even if you aren’t planning on using the course outside of the platform now, it’s still a helpful feature to know in case you change your mind.
The SCORM model is easy to add. From the Title Options menu on the Design ribbon in Trivantis Lectora, check the “AICC and SCORM for LMS” box in the menu. From there, you just have to fill out the metadata fields on the Information ribbon. Make sure to include an Exit option as this is important for SCORM compatibility. After that, carry on using the platform as you normally would. When you publish, you’ll be able to share your content on platforms besides Trivantis Lectora Inspire.
(Editor’s Note: Trivantis Lectora Inspire versions 12 and 16 include TechSmith Camtasia 2018. Trivantis Lectora Inspire version 17 includes TechSmith Camtasia 2018.)
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