Explore the use of technology in education through Ititser!

The Ititser is an online journal about the efficient use of technology in education and learning.

The author and webmaster of this website is yours truly, Greten Vicke S. Estella. I have more than five years professional experience as instructional designer both in K-12 education setting and in professonal training.

In its earlier years, Ititser focused on the use of free and open source software (FOSS) programs. The upcoming changes in 2019 will focus on programs that are often used in industry as well as on learning theories. You will notice that I already changed the categories significantly. In the next few months, I will expand the posts to include other programs regardless of their copyright status.

What's new in Ititser?

How to use highlight box in Captivate?

The highlight box is a rectangle that can draw the learners’ attention to a part of a static image on the slide, such as pictures, illustrations, and diagram. The highlight box is very similar to the rectangle under smart shapes except that you can configure it to darken everything outside while remaining clear inside.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 19 May 2019 under Tools

A highlighter drawing a yellow rectangle around the Captivate's CP logo.

Creating your word problem generator using spreadsheet applications

Use spreadsheet applications to create a word problem for science, mathematics, economics or any other subject that uses word problems in some of its lessons. Then, create similar problems by simply altering certain cells in the spreadsheet without solving the new similar problem from scratch.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 10 May 2019 under Tips

How to insert and customize shapes in Captivate

Shapes are among the useful features of Captivate. Put them on your slides to create charts, diagrams, and other visual elements that can help in your elearning. You can customize them in several different ways to suit your instructional design.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2019 under Tools

Superimposed imitations of shapes in the Captivate shapes button,

Resizing, repositioning, rotating, and flipping slide objects in Captivate

There are several visual elements in Adobe Captivate that serves different functions. Most of the objects that you can put on the slide and can be resized, repositioned, rotated, or flipped have these attributes represented as numerical values. You can read and edit these values on Options tab under Properties.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 29 Apr 2019 under Tools

How the brain stores learning and how you can use it in instructional design?

The brain stores information in a network of interconnected pieces. Knowledge that are deep in your memory can be easily accessed if it has more connection to those pieces of knowledge that are on the surface, or those that you can retrieve easily. A lesson or an elearning module can be more effective if the new lesson is immediately connected to the learner’s existing knowledge or experience.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 20 Apr 2019 under Theories, Tips

A brain-shaped cluster of interconnected nodes. Each node is a blue circle and most of the nodes are connected to others that are adjacent to it.

Progressive disclosure in learning design

Progressive disclosure or gradual reveal is a useful technique and an integral part of the learning process. It prevents the students from being overwhelmed with information, facilitates the connection between learning, and may also trigger strong emotions.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 25 Feb 2019 under Tips

Fundamentals of Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is one of the most popular elearning authoring applications. It has a wide array of tools that allow for fast development of learning presentation and interactive activities.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 20 Feb 2019 under Tools

Captivate icon

Rethinking of FOSS in education

Software programs developed by those who are in it for money seems to be better than those who are in it for ideology, but the latter can provide knowledge that will make learning the former much easier.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 04 Feb 2019 under Thoughts

A weighing scale with copyright symbol on one plate and copyleft symbol on the other plate in a background of 1s and 0s.

What is instructional design?

Instructional design is the design process in which learning materials and learning processes are developed and arranged in a way that is optimal to the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. The learning materials include both non-electronic and traditional classroom materials as well as electronic and web-based modules.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 Feb 2019 under Terms

A chalk board with drawing of a brain at the center connected to a computer, a paper, and a piece of puzzle.

What is blended learning?

Blended learning is an instructional approach that combines the use of face-to-face or classroom instruction with online learning. Instructional designers use blended learning to obtain the best results from both face-to-face and online instructions.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 14 Jan 2019 under Terms

A person using a laptop while there are notebook and pencil on his desk.

Instructional design and educational technology for effective learning