iSpring´s approach to #mLearning: testing PPT to HTML5 conversion

It´s time to review the second tool for the 10 Tools Challenge. After describing the benefits of HTML5 web technologies some days ago, this time I decided to test a set of products that work by converting PPT-based courses and presentations into HTML5: iSpring Converter 6 and iSpring Pro 7.0 (beta version). This approach may seem quite simplistic if you usually design more sophisticated learning courses, but, with a spark of creativity and iSpring Solutions you can also create engaging experiences that can be accessed from different devices.

Almost Impeccable Conversion

This is what I like best about iSpring products:

  • From the product installation to the content publishing process, you will have a fast learning curve. iSpring Converter and iSpring Pro display as tabs in a PPT ribbon. From there, you can manage your course assets and slide properties.
  • You can flexibly customize the player and design a user interface that matches the way in which learners interact with different devices.
  • Unlike other PPT converters, both of these products can efficiently reproduce most of PPT animations and slide transitions (only one animation didn´t work in the demo below).
  • Advanced interactivity is possible not only because you can use a handy built-in feature for branching (iSpring Pro) but also because hyperlinks, triggers and actions are precisely preserved in the final output.
tab and branching

iSpring Pro: tab in PPT ribbon and options for branching learning scenarios

triggers

Hyperlinks, triggers and actions are precisely preserved in the final output

  • As regards screen sizes and orientations, you can use any canvas size in your original PPT file and the final output can be viewed in landscape as well as portrait modes in mobile devices.
  • Simple yet effective touch-based actions. Although the publishing preferences include very simple mobile navigation options such as “enabling zooming with gestures” (iSpring Converter) and “advancing animations on tap” (both products), they work perfectly well in the final product.
mobilepublishing

iSpring Pro: Output Options

converter-navigation options

iSpring Converter: Gesture-based navigation options

  • iSpring Products support Tin Can API, which means that you can easily integrate data across contexts and platforms since this specification recognizes different types of learning (mobile, social, experiential, collaborative, offline) and activities (simulations, virtual worlds, serious games, real-world tasks).
  • Finally, the conversion and upload processes are really fast and I didn´t run into any issue when converting or uploading my files.

Some issues I encountered with iSpringPro

  • I had some problems with the multimedia elements (a video and an audio file) and also with the font I used but I quickly found work-arounds since the product is very flexible and easy to use.
  • In order to test the performance of embedded web objects, I designed a quiz at http://www.imagequiz.co.uk/quizzes/212030.  When I tried it on my iPad it didn´t work as expected. However, iSpring´s QA team promptly answered my questions on this regard and, when they tested the quiz, they couldn´t identify any issue. [Note: Please, let me know if  it worked well at your end because this might be a performance issue associated to specific mobile devices.]
quiz

Embedded quiz

Having said, this tool is still under development, so I am sure that iSpring will solve these problems in the upcoming versions of the product.

About the demo

Two years ago, I designed a PPT-based course to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) students the Simple Past Tense. I recreated part of this interactive story to test iSpring products´ features. You can see the demo here. I used iSpring Pro and iSpring Converter in combination: iSpring Pro proved to be very useful to create the scenario and to manage all the elements as well as slides properties, and iSpring Converter offered a more stable HTML5-based output.

la foto

All in all, iSpring products are reliable tools if you seek to start creating your first interactive PPT-based courses and presentations that can be accessed through different devices. With a little bit of tweaking to make your content more dynamic and iSpring products, you can produce very powerful results.

Advertisements

9 thoughts on “iSpring´s approach to #mLearning: testing PPT to HTML5 conversion

  1. Excellent summary on the iSpring offerings and I love your great example too. Works fine for me BTW. Our team has used and recommends iSpring for mobile content delivery for any team that’s got advanced devices. Won’t work on old BlackBerrys but it does fit in most enterprise deployments and behaves well when deployed inside an app as well as long as the author selects the high resolution output options (resulting in PNG files versus JPEG) due to the fact UI Webview browsers (available to apps) don’t always render the same as native web browsers available OUTSIDE an app.

    And I agree their support team is terrific and responsive as well.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Nice review, Mayra! I agree that iSpring products can provide some powerful products, and I’ve had nothing but success when issues arise: the iSpring team is quite responsive. (I ran into a font issue with Converter some time ago, and support managed to figure out the problem promptly, and I’ve been beta-testing Pro 7, too, and the few issues I’ve found are addressed right away.)

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, Jennifer! 🙂 I had heard a lot about iSpring but I never thought I would be so positively suprised by the final results. And people at iSpring have been very nice and helpful!

  3. Pingback: Expert Reviews of iSpring Tools for #eLearning and #mLearning

  4. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied
    on the video to make your point. You obviously know what
    youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

  5. Pingback: PowerPoint 2013’s Exciting slide transition effects now supported in iSpring | iSpring Blog

Please, share your thoughts!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s