Course beginners were part of ELB Learning template library for some years now. A course starter takes popular layouts and interactions and coats them in a particular theme of graphic elements.
Course Starters, as the name suggests, gives you everything you need to get up and running with your course development right away. And because all elements are customizable, you can easily reskin them to fit your business needs.
Until recently these time-saving beauties were only available to traditional eLearning authoring tools like reader, weave and captivate. Well, now we’ve taken what we did with those templates and now we’ve created Course Starters for CenarioVRmaking creating VR content even easier.
How can you effectively use these new CenarioVR Course Starters in your workflow?
Well, that’s exactly what I’m here to talk about today. I’ll give you an overview of what’s included in the file, as well as tips on how to customize them and use them in your development process.
For our example today we will go through our own Starter to the Wireframe course as it will be the basis for the release of further Course Starters, such as our nature-themed one Beginner of the Explorer course or ours Abstract course beginner.
How to add a beginner course to your personal scenarios
The first thing you’re probably wondering is « Where do I find these Course Starters you mention? » All currently available course starters can be found in CenarioVR’s public scenarios. Just search for Course Starter and any available should show up in your search results.
When you hover over the scenario thumbnails, you’ll see a three-dot menu appear at the top right of the thumbnail. Select this and you will see an option to download the source file.
Now select My Scenarios. Hover over Create Scenario and you will see a new option appear below it for Import Scenario.
Select this option, then find and select the Course Starter you just downloaded for import.
After a few seconds, the scenario will be loaded into the creation interface.
What is included in the Starter Course?
Each course starter will have some slight differences from one another in terms of what is included. Some of the scenes included will simply be presentational in nature, such as a welcome layout or a four-way layout. Other scenes will include more interactive options like:
- Click to reveal
- Drag and drop
- Flip to reveal
Typically a quiz will also be included. These layouts and interactions will give you plenty to play with when creating your scenarios.
We won’t go into the mechanics of each of these scenes within this blog, but I plan to break down some of them in future blog posts, so watch those out.
How should I use course starters in creating my scenario?
There are a couple of approaches you can take when using course starters.
First, you could simply replace the included 360 images and then use simply edit the objects in the scene to include your content. You can also simply edit any of the included hotspots or images in the same way to fit the rest of the scenery.
To do this, simply open the properties of the object you want to edit and upload or select a new asset from the Media Library to edit the asset.
Secondly, you can convert the objects in the course starters into clips and save them for use in more scenarios. Clips allow you to create a library of reusable items that can be used as many times as you like.
To create a clip:
- Select the objects you want to include in the Clip
- This can be the whole scene or just some objects in the scene
- Right-click and select Create Clip
- The clip will now be available in the Clips section of the Assets tab
Now you can reuse these elements whenever you want, regardless of the scenario. You might also consider making changes to the course starter before saving them to your clips. Note that clips are only available to you and not shared among other creators in your organization. However, you can export a clip and then import it into another Creator account so that someone else can access it.
I hope this gives you an idea of how Course Starters and Clips can help you improve your workflow. Starting from a template and modeling the elements can be very powerful and useful for streamlining your workflow.
If you’re looking for another way to get up and running even faster, check out the AI wizard to generate your 360° scenes. You can learn more about this Here.
Keep an eye out for more time-saving tips for CenarioVR in future blogs.