Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video What you'll need for this course, part of Learning Office Mix.
- There are some minimal requirements for this course in terms of software and hardware. You need to have one of the newer versions of PowerPoint, 2016 or 2013. If you're running Office 365, you probably have one of these because these are the two versions of PowerPoint that Office Mix is designed for, and it's actually an add-in that is part of PowerPoint. If you don't have it yet, I'll show you how to download it in one of the very first movies in this course. And you'll need to have a version of Windows that supports this, 7 on up.
This is the core of what you need. If you want to be able to record audio or add your own audio voiceover, for example, to an Office Mix, then obviously you'll need to have a microphone on your computer to be able to record audio. And you'll want to have one that's good enough. Often with, for example, a laptop, the built-in microphone is not necessarily all you'll need. And if you want to be able to capture your own video, for example, as an introduction to a mix, then you'll need to have a webcam.
This is the suite of what you'll need to be able to work with Office Mix. You'll also need some knowledge. This is not a beginning PowerPoint class, but Office Mix is an add-in for PowerPoint. So if you're brand-new to PowerPoint or if you normally don't create your own presentations, perhaps you simply deliver presentations, I'd encourage you to take a look at the PowerPoint Essential Training course for the version of PowerPoint that you'll be using. You'll find this in the lynda.com training library.
One of the things that we can do with Office Mix is we can create interactive presentations that, for example, offer the opportunity for a user to take a quiz. And if we're going to be creating that kind of instructional Office Mix, you might want to take a look at some instructional design concepts. You'll find Instructional Design Essentials training courses on storyboarding, on working with adult learners, on interviewing subject matter experts, on video training, all of these put together by people who actually are practitioners in the field.
So if you're new to PowerPoint, you'll want to go take a look at that PowerPoint Essential Training course before the Office Mix course. But if you're already grounded in PowerPoint, you can take a look at the Instructional Design Essentials courses at any time when you want to begin using the Office Mix tool to be able to create interactive instruction that you can build and deliver in PowerPoint.
Author Gini Courter provides an overview of the add-in, and then shows how to plan a mix and insert screenshots, videos, and screen recordings. She then shows how to preview and upload the mix, and save it as a video that can be hosted online.
Along the way, she explains how to add narration and annotations, add interactive content like true/false or multiple-choice questions, and share and distribute the mix.
- What is Office Mix?
- Inserting screenshots and screen recordings
- Compressing and uploading a mix
- Inserting video
- Adding questions and polls
- Exporting and sharing mixes