All sorts of different digital material can be used in Curatr. As a course designer, you will mix and match according to the needs and flow of your course. The first step when selecting content for a course is to look at your existing digital material collection (this may be comprised of Word, Powerpoint Documents, PDFs, video, etc).
Once you've identified some essential content in your collection, HT2 suggests reviewing the below suggestions for how to best make use of each form of content.
Video is an essential form of content in Curatr, as it really helps set-up an effective learning experience. At times, high quality, scripted videos might be the right approach. However, at other times a slightly more “rough and ready” approach, capturing a couple of minutes on a smartphone or tablet will be the best approach.
Whilst you can upload videos directly onto Curatr the platform isn’t set up for the making the most of video streaming so we would suggest a different approach.
When considering where to host your videos, feel free to use a YouTube account, as you can do quite a lot with customisable settings to make your video appear exactly as desired. However, in a corporate world, you may come across issues with company firewalls and privacy settings that could block you from using YouTube extensively.
If these concerns do come about, we suggest platforms such as Vimeo or Wistia, as they allow you to apply a range of settings to ensure privacy and protection of your IP address. Both platforms also offer some great analytic tools to help understand usage of videos you post.
We have created some guidance on embedding video for you.
The starting point for many people when selecting content for Curatr is “PowerPoint! “
If PowerPoint presentations are an essential component of content for your course, the good news is that you can upload them directly into Curatr for participants to utilize. However, when relying on PowerPoint presentations, there are some issues to consider:
- The end user will have to download the file as it won't present itself in the object viewer window.
- The end user has to have PowerPoint installed to be able to access.
You can use a range of tools to convert PowerPoint to a format more web friendly. In fact, PowerPoint itself allows you to convert to a PDF!
On a similar note, there are several tools (free and paid for) that will allow you to record your slides, with a voiceover and then export them as a movie file or upload to the web. At that stage you could then upload/embed the slides from PowerPoint into Curatr - thus solving the issues above.
Do you want everyone in a course to be able to access your Word Document? Don’t like the way that the document has to be downloaded? Well a good first step is to save it as a PDF file.
But do you have further ambitions for the document? Do you want it to look better? Do you want to create HTML5 elearning content that will work on all devices? Want it free? Check out Adapt. Created by a community led by our friends City and Guilds Kineo, Adapt is an Open Source authoring tool. You do need a certain amount of technical knowledge or at least the confidence to give it a go - but the results can be really impressive, integrating sliders, triggers and questions.
If you'd like to consider some more advanced content ideas, then please check out this article.