Microsoft released a new version of its rapid content development tool, Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS). Major new feature is the possibility to create “Learning Snacks”, a specific Silverlight based format designed for small e-learning courses with a maximum of 6 topics.
Microsoft posted a video about the user experience in the coming version of Windows, Windows 8:
It is of course very early to draw conclusions out of this, but these are mine:
- we need a design room like this for our team
- it might be the end of “Windows” as we know it, because the only windows you see in the movie are the ones in the legacy applications
- touch will become more and more important. Imagine this demo with a mouse and a keyboard…
On a regular basis, Microsoft produces nice videos about their view on Information Worker Productivity in the future. This video shows the very near future: all products shown in the video are available as far as I can see. We are only waiting until companies implement them all, and until information workers start acquiring the competences to work with these tools in an efficient way…
This morning, I was looking for the keyboard shortcut that allows you to switch between different tabs in Internet Explorer. Like ALT+TAB allows you to switch between open windows, CTRL+TAB allows you to switch between open tabs. But there are even more interesting shortcuts I did not know about, like ALT+ENTER. Little things that can save you quite some time. See the list below, taken from the IE Help:
|Open links in a new tab in the background||Ctrl while clicking the link|
|Open links in a new tab in the foreground||Ctrl+Shift while clicking the link|
|Open a new tab in the foreground||Ctrl+T or double-click an empty space on the tab row|
|Open a copy of the current tab in a new tab||Ctrl+K|
|Switch between tabs||Ctrl+Tab to move forward or Ctrl+Shift+Tab to move backward|
|Close the current tab (or the current window when there are no open tabs)||Ctrl+W or Alt+F4|
|Open a new tab in the foreground from the Address bar||Alt+Enter|
|Switch to a specific tab number||Ctrl+n (where n is a number between 1 and 8 )|
|Switch to the last tab||Ctrl+9|
|Close all tabs except for the one you’re viewing||Ctrl+Alt+F4|
|Open Quick Tabs (thumbnail view)||Ctrl+Q|
Microsoft released a new version of its Learning Content Development System.
These are the new features:
- compatibility wit Internet Explorer 9
- enhanced keyboard accessibility for all Silverlight interactive elements
- new sequencing activity topic template – where you have to put elements in the correct order
- new card flip game topic template
Click the image below for an screencast of the new sequencing activity.
You can download the new version on https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/lcds-tool.aspx.
When you open an existing course, it is automatically upgraded to the new version.