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Second, assuming that visual learning materials that structure an instructor-led class are a requirement, does anyone have any recommended alternatives to a Powerpoint or other slide-based presentation? Particularly something that will enhance engagement and retention for the audience, provide structure and ensure consistency in presentation across multiple sessions of the same class topic, and be easily re-used in other formats (e.g. handouts or workbooks, etc.).

One solution that could be worth looking at is Vue 
Here is a snippet from their web page
"The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is an Open Source project based at Tufts University. The VUE project is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information."

One of the presentation benefits, is the ability to set up more than one pathway through a collection of slides so that you are not constrained to one particular linear sequence.

If nothing else, the price is right.

It might not be what you are looking for, but maybe it will be of help to someone.


Living Room / Re: Question About MS Word Lists & Tables
« on: September 23, 2009, 04:26 PM »
Depending on how long the list is it may be worth a bit of quick massaging with Search and Replace to insert some characters to use as delimiters to help the program convert to a table with less errors.
If you have excel as well, it may be worth pasting into that and then using convert to columns where you can use either fixed length fields or delimiters. Again, you can do this in 2 or 3 stages so as to isolate one column by delimiters and then the remainder split by field length etc.
It all depends on how many items there are in the list how much trouble you can take massaging before it becomes just as quick to enter it bit by bit

General Software Discussion / Re: to mindmap or not?
« on: May 24, 2009, 08:01 PM »
Hi Jerome,

I forgot about the flashing background - had the same problem ages ago myself. Right click on the background (if you can!) I can't remember what I did to stop it - Esc or Ctrl C or Ctrl Break ...
Anyway right click, choose properties and change the Basic/fill Pattern to anything other than Random. I've never had any use for/interest in the random background so as soon as I removed it I forgot about it and didn't even bother to report it to Chan.

Hope this works for you.


General Software Discussion / Re: to mindmap or not?
« on: May 22, 2009, 05:33 PM »
I use Axon Idea Processor all the time.
Mindmapping is just part of what it does, and if you only want to use it for that you might not find the presentation aspect as polished as you would like.
My main use for it is creating notes for speaking - collecting points and subpoints, moving them around on screen until happy with the layout, using a hierarchy of colour Red, Blue, Green, Brown, Black to indicate levels, and usually printing out one A4 sheet landscape from which to speak for 20-25 minutes.
On a regular basis I open a particular Access table, excel spreadsheet and Word template. One click on an icon I created in Axon opens them all.
Weighted decision trees, critical path analysis and some simulation models are other things you can play with.
You can export to html. I'm hoping for better export to MS Office programs in the future ... Because it does so many things it may take a bit of time trying it out to get a feel for its potential, but I reckon it is worth investigating (no association other than a happy user for the last 10 years or so)
The author Chan Bok is very responsive to any problems you may experience.


General Software Discussion / Re: autofill in EXCEL
« on: May 01, 2009, 04:04 PM »
Here is an example of using vlookup.
You need to create the list of data first - sort by the first field (the one you will be using for reference), then name it (Alt/insert/name/define)
Use insert function and fill in the boxes.

Here is an image (I hope!) that shows the end result. Use Ctrl` (Control grave) to toggle between showing formula and text


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