Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter

I’ve finally managed make a decent recording of my session at the Adobe Learning Summit. The session was titled ‘Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter’- and showcases a new idea around how we believe Captivate courses of the future can help bridge the gap between ‘Classroom based training’ and eLearning. Follow this link to view the demo (runs 18 mins).

This makes use of a Captivate widget that we will be sharing with you in the near future. So, post viewing this session, if you find the idea interesting and would like a copy of the widget, please drop me a note. I would also like to hear your views on whether this will be useful in your ecosystem; or of any challenges you see in adopting the same.


40 Responses

  1. Thanks, Shameer, I was most impressed seeing a Chemistry teacher producing a Photoshop Tutorial ;-). No more jokes: this widget could be very welcome. My students are starting a problem based project, where I provided quite a lot of CP-movies for self-study and a discussion forum. Adding the Twitter widget would certainlymean more fun, and I’d appreciate moreover to get some “conservative” students (and colleagues???) to tweet. Since we also have students on so called ‘distant learning’ in college (with the normal dropout of 70%), this could be a great addition. Please, can I get the Twitter-widget?Lieve

  2. Really interesting widget. I will look foward as how we could use this kind of widget, but as you say, it could be nice to let people keep in touch when they use the activity…Do you think it would work well with SCORM activities?Thanks

  3. Great job Shameer!I think that using tweeter is a very good tool as a back-channel. For example if you have a presentaion or a speech it is very useful to see questions, suggestions and comments. Nevertheless in formal education it can be hard to achieve success, because students do not want to share their private accounts like tweeter or facebook.

  4. Seems like a great tool for collecting learner feedback — without a silly survey.By reviewing the questions students have asked, you can see where the training might be lacking.I would like the widget in Captivate as I develop so I could connect with other developers for help during the build. Please?

  5. Hi Shameer,The twitter widget is really a cool tool to use…please add me in the list of people about the release of the widget as I’d like to have a copy.Regarding your question on the blog about using the widget on the ecosystem—the org. where I work doesn’t allow the social media tools for security reason. And there are lots of orgs like us. So it would be a challenge there to use the widget though it can be extremely useful. And I would also like to know how it works on different LMSes.Thanks,Tirtho

  6. @ Tirtho: This is a concern that was also expressed by some of the audience in my ALS session.While my demo is of a Twitter widget, this widget can easily be customized to work on a similar service within your firewall. for example- it can be configured to work with Yammer. Would that help overcome the barrier?@Catherine: this widget only works with Captivate 4.

  7. @Geeta: The hope is that if there is an incentive to remain engaged in a classroom discussion- the students will do so. The trainer can easily monitor the level of engagement by running a search on twitter for that particular hash tag. A percentage of the grades can be based on this engagement. Further the students don’t have to go outside their existing network to remain engaged.

  8. I’d love to try this widget out! Please add me to the list!I would think the best way to leverage this would be to create a new, separate twitter account for each specific course, and auto-login the widget using that course’s twitter account. Everyone asks the question/answers questions via the same account. As long as Twitter allows simultaneous

  9. Shameer,This is really a great use of technology and learning. I would love to look at this widget more closely to see how I might be able to use it. Might you send me a copy?Thanks.

  10. AWESOME use of parallel technologies! Will this still work within Flashlite if you’re publishing out to m-learning? This could be a game changer for bridging the gap between current blended solutions and future mobile design. Please add me to any mailing that announces when this widget is let loose “in the wild”

  11. This looks like an awesome widget to incoporate learners’ thoughts throught the demo, but how do you moderate people’s tweets? And the learners aren’t actually following the course on twitter, they are conducting a search for the hashtag, correct? This is a great way to have the learners interact. Can I get a copy of the widget to play aroudn with it? Thanks!

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