Using the Slide Converter Tool to Create Presentations

Learn how to upload presentations to your courses, and play them online.

Last Updated

August 8th, 2019

Reading Time

3 min

User Level

DISCLAIMER: Some content in this article outlines how to use functionalities with the new Course Management. Check out this article for further info.

Introduction

The Slide Converter tool allows you to convert PDF, ODP, PPT and PPTX files into a sequence of snapshots that can be played in the platform without the need to download the presentations on a device. This allows you to create presentations as learning objects in your formal learning courses. This article outlines how to upload and manage these learning objects in your platform.

Uploading and Converting Presentations

In order to upload and convert a presentation for a course, access the Admin Menu from the gear icon in the top right corner of your platform, then press the Course Management item from the E-Learning section. Then, on the main Courses Management page, find the course in the list of courses for which you would like to upload a presentation, click on its description and move to the Training Material tab.

Press the Add Training Material button. From the dropdown menu, select Slides Converter. On the upload page, either select the file to upload from your device or drag and drop it in the upload area.

When the file upload is complete, it will be automatically converted into a presentation. Please note that the number of pages or slides in your file impacts the time needed to complete the conversion. If your presentation includes more than 150 pages or slides, we suggest you split the file into two or more smaller files to speed up the conversion and to make it more manageable for learners.

If your presentation contains multiple animations, we suggest you simplify them and make sure that the result is exactly what you intend to present to your learners.  Remember that animations are not uploaded into the presentation, but are returned only as a snapshot.

If you have large images in your presentation, you may want to apply CSS to adjust the margins so that you can add a scrollbar to make the image more readable for learners. The CSS must be placed under the Custom Style section in the Configure Branding and Look area of your platform. Remember that the CSS will then be applied to all slides, so you need to find a proper solution for all slides.

Managing Your Presentation

Once the preview of your presentation is displayed, add a title by clicking on the Authoring Title icon, then select Continue to proceed. Add a short description for your presentation as well as a thumbnail. Either select one of the available thumbnails, or upload your own.

You can also add tags to your presentation to improve its searchability in your platform’s global search. Some tags may be automatically generated based on the content of your asset, as understood by your platform using artificial intelligence (note that this only works for English content). To ensure that your content is a supported file type for the auto-tagging functionality, please review the list of supported content types here. You can edit or remove tags at any time, with a limit of 15 tags per learning object. Press Continue, and select your player settings and navigation preferences.

Finally, customize the background, the text and the hover colors that will be used in your presentation. When ready, press Publish to finalize it.

The presentation is now available in the Training Material tab where you can edit or delete it, or switch to the Learner View using the Play button in the top right section of the screen to see how the presentation looks like for your learners.

If you need to upload an edited version of the presentation, select the Edit icon in the learning object’s row, then upload the new file. The presentation details will remain the same in the platform. Optionally, you can manage the presentation also from or from the Central Learning Object Repository, but remember that Slides Converter learning objects do not support versioning if they are in the CLOR.

Please note that the learning object will be marked as complete when the last slide is viewed.