Using hyperlinks within PowerPoint

In an earlier blog post, I linked a series of screencasts showing how to use drawing tools within PowerPoint to create a well formatted diagram such as a flowchart, I then showed how to use animations with this diagram.

This next sequence of screencasts will go through the principles of hyperlinking and how the diagram created earlier can be converted into a highly effective, highly versatile learning object.

The first video shows what is possible

The second video shows how to add a simple hyperlink to a presentation

The third video shows how to link to other files, including how to link to a specific part within the file (e.g. to a certain page in a Word document, a certain slide in another PowerPoint presentation or a certain sheet in Excel)

The forth video shows how to link to a different slide within the same presentation. In this case I am linking from the diagram produced in an earlier series, but the principles work with text, or photos.

The fifth video shows a similar technique to the previous video, but the diagram remains visible at all times, which when created correctly looks very professional.

The sixth video shows how to add hotspots over a photo, so when you click on parts of the photo, it takes you to a slide based on what you clicked on.

By applying the skills learnt in the above sequence in different ways, it is possible to create very effective, engaging learning objects.

The videos above although produced by myself belong to the JISC RSC SE

Instructions on how to use animations in PowerPoint 2007

I have created 5 screencasts showing some simple ways on how to use animations within PowerPoint to create learning objects. These sequence follows on from an earlier sequence of clips, showing how to craw in PowerPoint – https://davefoord.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/simple-drawing-techniques-in-powerpoint/

The second clip shows possibly the simplest form of animation which is to get items to ‘appear’. I personally prefer the ‘Appear’ option to having things ‘flying in’ from the side, as I think it looks cleaner and crisper, and if you have lots of flying animations, people can become sea-sick.

The third clip uses the ’emphasis’ animation option, which I think is very under-used (a lot of people don’t know about it). It takes a bit of experimenting to get things to look good and not ‘tacky’ but I have created some very effective Presentations using the emphasis options.

The forth clip use something called ‘Triggers’ which again is very under-used. Most PowerPoint presentations are linear – where the tutor pre-determines the order that the presentation will progress and then during delivery that order is followed with only the ability to move forwards and backwards. Triggers allow you to create animation that are then ‘triggered’ by clicking on something, and thus you can move away from the linear nature of a presentation.

Triggers are used in many of the PowerPoint resources available on my website at http://www.a6training.co.uk/resources_powerpoint.php

The final clip in the sequence, combines the idea of emphasis (clip 3) with the idea of triggers (clip 4) to create a diagram where clicking on parts of the diagram draws emphasis to that part of the diagram.

The videos above although produced by myself belong to the JISC RSC SE