ToolBook Takes Third Place the PowerPoint to e-Learning Shootout -
Thanks to Power Book Builder!
October 14, 2004 ToolBook placed third
in interactivity at the PowerPoint to e-Learning Shootout at the Training
Fall/On-line Learning Conference in San Francisco on October 13, 2004.
Robin McDermott did the conversion using Power Book Builder. Robin was
assisted by Denny Dedmore and Tomas Lund from
We fully converted a PowerPoint presentation into a ToolBook AND deployed it
to the web in less than 20 minutes! The PowerPoint included several
interactive elements such as question that Power Book Builder converted
perfectly into ToolBook question objects, buttons that link to external
webpages, and progressive disclosure slides.
Click here to see
original PowerPoint from the Shootout.
Click here to see
the prepped PowerPoint that was ready to
go through conversion - this prepping took less than 6 minutes! (You
will see that we added special question fields that enable the questions to
convert directly into ToolBook Questions.)
The Results (what did other competitors do?) Many of the competitors created static, time-line based presentations
whereas we were able to create a flexible, media rich interactive training
session because we were using the power of ToolBook. Power Book Builder
simply converts each element in the PowerPoint (text, graphics, hyperlinks,
etc) into corresponding ToolBook objects. Once the PowerPoint is in ToolBook
you have the benefit of a high end authoring system - that allows you to do
just about anything you need to do to achieve your instructional objectives.
What we produced in the allotted 20 minute time period just touched the
surface of ToolBooks capabilities whereas I got the sense that we were
seeing the full (and fairly limited) capabilities of the competition's
Click here to see the
final product in the exported format.
We were surprised at the interest level of participants in the Shootout
sessions. Apparently a lot more people than we realized have legacy
PowerPoint content to convert into e-Learning or are using PowerPoint as a
storyboarding tool. With Power Book Builder and ToolBook we were able to
show the training community that just because you use PowerPoint for initial
content development you don't have to settle for page turner training with
For more information on the shootout go to:
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