Screencasts Moved to Appendix - ED201

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Wayne Clarke | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Aug 24 2019 11:52 AM

I am wondering why the Logos training and how-to videos have been moved to an Appendix for some courses?  For instance, at the beginning of July 2019 when I started going through ED201 "Empowering God's People for Ministry", all of the Logos training and how-to videos were part of the flow of the course.  I really appreciate this approach, as the training and how-to videos were always relevant to something the instructor had spoken about in the previous lesson.  If the training/how-to video addressed something I already knew how to perform, I just skipped past them.

However, a few days ago I was finishing up the ED201 course but was really confused as it seemed like I had missed some content and the printed transcript no longer matched the videos.  When I started to investigate, I determined that as of August 7, all of the training/how-to videos had been moved to an Appendix (Screencasts) at the end of the course.

Another example of this is for course PC151, "Theology of Everyday Life" which seems to have been re-arranged on August 7, 2019 moving the training/how-to videos to the end of the course.

When I initially took course NT211 "Introducing the Gospels and Acts" in June 2016 the training and how-to videos were part of the flow of the course, but it seems that the videos were re-arranged and the training and how-to videos moved to the Appendix in April 2017.

So, I am hoping someone might be able to shed some light on this.  Appreciated!

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Miles Custis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 25 2019 2:10 PM

When we originally started making Mobile Ed courses, we included screencasts as part of them to help people put what they are learning to use in Logos. However, we soon realized that with constant updates to the software these screencast videos quickly become outdated. For example, I think the screencasts in ED201 and PC151 were use Logos 5 in the videos.

Since we are producing so many courses, updating these videos to the latest version of the software isn't sustainable. So, instead, we started creating Activities resources for each course. These resources include links to various Logos guides and tools after each segment as well as several "Challenges" for each course. These Challenges basically serve the same purpose as the screencasts as they encourage people to use Logos to do some additional research related to the course.

For the past couple years we have been working to update older courses to include Activities resources. When we do add an Activities resource to a course, we move the screencast videos to an appendix. We didn't want to remove them completely because some people may find them valuable, but we also want to move them out of the main flow of the course so customers don't get confused by screencasts that use older versions of the software.

I hope that helps explain it. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Wayne Clarke | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 26 2019 9:28 AM

Hi Miles.

Thank you for your quick response.  I do appreciate the logic behind moving the screencast videos to the end of the course, out of the 'main flow'.  For someone like myself, having used Logos over a number of different versions, I don't have a challenge following the older videos.  However, I can certainly empathize with the challenges facing someone new to the product as they are trying to follow the flow of the demonstrations and potentially getting very frustrated.

Again, I very much appreciate your response.

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